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Sarah Gorden appears in the Iron Woman season as the leader of the Red Stars and off the field – Equalizer Soccer

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The Chicago Red Stars’ journey into 2021 National women’s soccer league Championship game was as up and down as a season could be. The team had to make up for streaks of bad luck, a series of games without a goal in open play and frequently changing lineups due to injuries or international matches. At the Red Stars, almost every variable changed in 2021, except one: the place of center-back Sarah Gorden in the line-up.

In her sixth season with the Red Stars, Gorden became the team’s first player to appear in every minute of the regular season, which she reached with a full 90s in playoff wins against NJ / NY Gotham FC and the Portland Thorns. It earned her the club’s Iron Woman, a Defender of the Year nomination, and a place in the league’s top eleven, and paved the way for Gorden to achieve something she had in mind.

“It made me – forced me to take on a different leadership role,” said Gorden The equalizer.

The definition of consistency formed the basis for the new leadership role. The Red Stars underwent a tactical renaming in 2021 that is becoming increasingly difficult to complete with major absences at different times of the season. Gorden was always there, on the training ground and during the games, setting a good example and building trust in her teammates through her reliability.

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