Chicago Red Stars have plenty of connections to the USWNT

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CHICAGO - One of the biggest stories in sports on this July 4th weekend takes place north of the border.

A big part of that squad ready to make some headlines has some Windy City connections.

The United States Women's National Soccer Team will play for the World Cup title Sunday against Japan at the BC Place in Vancouver. The players on the team come from around the country and together they'll try and end a 16-year cup drought from the nation.

Four of the players on the squad have a connection to Chicago. Defender Julie Johnston, midfielders Shannon Boxx and Lori Chalupny along with forward Cristen Press play for the Red Stars-the National Women's Soccer League franchise based in Lisle.

Johnson, in fact, has played so well in the tournament she is in the running for the Golden Ball award for World Cup MVP. Her efforts on defense have helped the US shutout five of the six teams they've face over the last month in Canada.

It's a proud moment for head coach Rory Dames who is the manager of the Red Stars and will continue to be the coach of the quartet when they return from the World Cup in a week.

He came on Sports Feed Thursday night to discuss his players and the upcoming World Cup Final against Japan with Josh Frydman and Jarrett Payton. To watch that interview, click on the video above.

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