U.S. Open

2015 a big year for women in sports, but will it carry over?

The angle of the late afternoon light was clear evidence summer is ending. Lengthening shadows crossed the field by the time the Chicago Red Stars finished their final game this year at Benedictine University's multi-purpose sports stadium, with its maze of lines marking the playing areas for the various sports it serves. A crowd packed with young children had filled all but 364 of the 3,400 seats eight days ago to see what would become a historic moment for the Chicago franchise in the 3-year-old National Women's Soccer League. Only a couple hundred remained when goalie Karina LeBlanc picked up a mic to thank them for coming and break the news that the Red Stars had made the...