The rebuilding process for Sky Blue FC is nothing short of impressive. From gathering talent to upgrading their training situation, the club is solidifying their infrastructure to create a new and improved product on the field.
Skroski, Dorsey Re-Sign
New Jersey native Erica Skroski signed on for her fifth season with Sky Blue FC. The former Rutgers University player was selected in the 2016 Draft and started every game as a defender last season. “Erica brings versatility and grit to our backline,” said General Manager Alyse LaHue in a statement.
Just before her third professional season, utility player Imani Dorsey agreed to a one-year contract with an option for another year. Drafted by SBFC fifth overall in 2018, she won the 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year award.
“I cannot wait for this upcoming season with the potential and talent we have,” Dorsey said in a statement. The former Duke University player has received National team call-ups, most recently in the December Identification Training Camp for 2019.
Two Draftees Signed
Evelyne Viens and Kayleigh Riehl, drafted in the 2020 NWSL draft, signed professional contracts this month. Viens signed a two-year contract with a one-year option and Riehl signed a one-year contract with a one-year option.
Three SBFC Players on SheBelieves Roster
Sky Blue FC players Carli Lloyd, Mallory Pugh, and Margaret Purce received call-ups for the latest USWNT 26-player training camp roster. Lloyd was part of the squad that qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Tokyo. They will vie for a spot in the final roster for the 2020 SheBelieves Cup, to be named prior to the first match on March 5th. USA will play Spain at Red Bull Arena on March 8th. The USA is 2-1-2 all-time in Harrison.
SBFC @ RBTF
The club has recently announced they will be training at the Red Bull Training Facility in Whippany. The state-of-the-art facility, 17 miles away from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, has hosted the Women’s and Men’s National Team as they prepared for competitions. The team will have access to grass and turf fields as well as the Academy indoor facilities. SBFC will be provided their own locker room and access to the Red Bulls’ fitness center.
“Ownership continues to explore ways to transform Sky Blue into the gold standard for the NWSL,” said club owner Tammy Murphy. “This new practice field agreement provides our players the professional amenities and atmosphere they deserve.” The club had come under fire in the past for allegedly not providing sufficient facilities for players. Murphy, New Jersey’s First Lady, has been more visibly involved in the club’s recent changes.