A number of allegations have been made against NWSL coach Rory Dames regarding accusations of verbal and physical abuse which includes misconduct from the soccer coach.
One of those is Megan Cnota, who has shared her story of abuse from two decades ago in Chicago.
“We tried to make it come to light 25 years ago, and nobody believed those teenagers,” Cnota told The Washington Post in February 2022.
Dames was investigated by police in 1998 after an accusation of inappropriately touching a minor, and other accusations accused him of making inappropriate comments and regularly talking about women’s bodies and sex.
One claim in particular alleges that Dames started a relationship with the player in question, who has remained anonymous, when they were just 14 years old.
Investigations remain ongoing, despite an investigation from the US Soccer Federation in 2018 which cleared Dames following two complaints from NWSL players.
Dames’ lawyer reacts
“Mr. Dames has a reputation as an excellent soccer coach over 25 years of coaching thousands of soccer players,” Susan Bogart, the lawyer of Dames, reacted.
“With the exception of a few players disgruntled for one reason or another, the vast majority of players have thanked Mr. Dames for investing in them as players.
“U.S. Soccer cleared Mr. Dames, issued no sanctions against him and expressly permitted him to continue coaching.”
Dames worked with the Chicago Eclipse Select from 1997 to 2021, and was employed by the Chicago Red Stars from 2011 to 2021.
In 2019, SafeSport opened an investigation into Dames‘ relationship with his wife Sarah Uyenishi, who played in Dames‘ team from the age of 14 before they eventually married and had two children.