While fans await the 2020 schedule, Sky Blue FC’s front office is hard at work. The team prepares for the addition of several players, including Mallory Pugh on a trade from the Washington Spirit. But with a record that had them in next-to-last place in the league in 2019, the club knows they have their work cut out for them.
Sky Blue selected four players in the 2020 draft who can make an immediate impact for the team. In addition, SBFC acquired forward Ifeoma Onumonu from Reign FC in exchange for the rights to Julia Ashley. She is currently with Adelaide United in the Australian league. The team will also be holding open tryouts February 11th. More information is available on the SBFC website.
Sarah Killion, a midfielder and co-captain, has signed a new contract for the 2020 season. Killion made her 100th NWSL appearance last season at Sky Blue’s first home match at Red Bull Arena. “The momentum that we developed over the second half of last season is going to carry over this year,” Killion said in a statement. Defender Estelle Johnson, a veteran of women’s soccer, also agreed to a new contract. Johnson earned her first international cap with Cameroon in 2019. She also participated in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, playing the full 90 minutes in all four group stage matches.
Japanese International Nahomi Kawasumi signed for another year with Sky Blue. Part of the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship team, Kawasumi also earned Silver in the 2012 Olympics and Second place in the 2015 World Cup. Defender Gina Lewandowski is also staying with the club another year. She joined Sky Blue following a successful run with FC Bayern Munich (2012-2019) of the Frauen-Bundesliga, home to another successful Lewandowski. General Manager Alyse LaHue said of her, “Having a player come back to her ‘home’ club after an illustrious international career brings an invaluable perspective to a club with tremendous growth aspirations like ours.”
US Women’s National Team veteran Carli Lloyd has joined the squad in the Olympic Qualifying tournament, while Mallory Pugh may have to wait for the Tokyo Olympics for her call-up. Lloyd put the final goal into the net in stoppage time during the 4-0 win over Haiti. Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan starts between the sticks for the Canadian national team as they face St. Kitts and Nevis. New addition Chantelle Swaby may earn another cap in this qualifying tournament for the Jamaican National Team. Sky Blue FC hopes for nothing but Blue Skies from now on.