Chicago Red Stars head coach Rory Dames has resigned with immediate effect, the team announced on Sunday.
The news comes a day after the Red Stars suffered a 2-1 loss to Washington Spirit in the NWSL Championship match.
“For 11 years I have been dedicated to helping build the Chicago Red Stars into one of the best international clubs,” Dames said in a statement.
“As of today, I’ll focus on my attention to my family and future efforts, and I’m resigning as coach of the Chicago Red Stars. I would like to thank the Chicago Red Stars organization, the fans and the players I have had the opportunity to work with in their professional football careers. ”
While the team played its first season in 2013, Dames joined the hasty project in 2011 to build from the ground up. As of Saturday, he was the longest-serving coach in the NWSL.
“Under Rory’s leadership, we have been a remarkably consistent and excellent club on the pitch,” the Red Stars said in a statement.
“We are constantly evaluating our team and our front office environment, and given the dynamic change that is taking place in the league, it’s time to start the next chapter in Red Stars with a search for new leadership for the team.”
The Chicago-based NWSL team won its only trophy during the Ladies’, USASA National Women’s Open 2012. The team managed to reach the final of the NWSL Championship three times in a row and failed to win the trophy on each occasion.
In a season marked by chaos and injuries, the Red Stars fought to the end. They entered Saturday’s final without defender Casey Krueger and forward Kealia Watt, who left the semifinals early after suffering a knee injury. During the final, Vanessa DiBernardo and Mallory Pugh were suspended with injuries.
Midfielder Morgan Gautrat now attributes Dames to the team’s performance.
“He has been the glue that has held this team together, this organization,” Gautrat said on Saturday after the match.
“For us, it’s just all the time that he has had the right tactics and he has always been the first to make sure we maintain our standard and he has pushed us. And at the same time he has made us better on and off the pitch, and for us he has it was super important to have him in the lead. “