Six games into its second season, the Chicago Red Stars of Women's Professional Soccer have relieved head coach Emma Hayes from her duties with the struggling club.
The search for a new head coach begins immediately.
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Hayes, 33, who brought with her a stellar resume after capturing several European titles with Arsenal Ladies Football Club, departs with a WPS record of 7-18-7 overall. Last season the club earned a 6-14-6 mark, and this season the Red Stars have a 1-4-1 record, which puts them in seventh place in the eight-team league.
"I want to thank Emma for her hard work and assistance with the launch of the Red Stars franchise," Red Stars general manager Marcia McDermott said. "This was a difficult decision to make because she poured her heart into the organization. We felt it was time for a change as we move forward and look to put together a successful run this season."
The Red Stars host Bay Area's FC Gold Pride at 7 p.m. Saturday at Toyota Park. Before the match, Italian powerhouse A.C. Milan is training from 5 to 6 p.m., but fans must purchase a Red Stars ticket to observe A.C. Milan's workout. The Chicago Fire will play A.C. Milan in an international friendly at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Toyota Park.