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Soccer Fri May 16 2008

Chicago Pro Womens' Soccer Adds to Their 'Arsenal'

The Chicago chapter of the Women's Professional Soccer league got a bit of Brit flash yesterday when they named a former coach of the legendary Arsenal as their new field general.

No, not Arsene Wenger, manager of the famed men's squad, but someone just as talented.

The as-yet-unnamed Chicago WPS franchise scored a coup by luring Emma Hayes, a first-team assistant coach and academy director with the Arsenal Ladies Football Club, to coach the Chicago team in their inaugural season.

Hayes helped lead the Lady Gunners to an undefeated League record and won every competition England had to offer. Under her guidance, Arsenal won the FA Women's Premier League title from 2006 to 2008, the 2007 UEFA Women’s Cup and the 2007 FA Women’s Premiere League Cup, among other honors.

The Chicago franchise will begin play in April 2009 at Toyota Park.

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