The weather has started to trend warmer. Fans are ready for the upcoming NWSL season, with Sky Blue settling into their new home at Red Bull Arena. Now that the schedule has been announced, the team is gearing up with their preseason roster and schedule.
Veteran Carli Lloyd and recent transfer Mallory Pugh remain with the US Women’s National Team as they wrap up the SheBelieves Cup. Along with Spain, England, and Japan, the USWNT will make their way to Toyota Stadium in Frisco for the final matchday. The US leads the group, with six points and a +3 goal differential.
Kailen Sheridan, SBFC goalkeeper, is with the Canadian Women’s National team as they compete in the Tournoi de France. This invitational tournament includes France, the Netherlands, and Brazil. Fellow GK Didi Haracic is participating in the UEFA Euro 2021 Qualifiers with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Estelle Johnson has joined the Cameroonian National Team for the Confederation of African Football Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
Lloyd, Pugh and Sheridan are Allocated players. Much like Designated Players in Major League Soccer, their compensation is underwritten by a Federation.
Draftees Still Available
While two 2020 draft picks have already signed with the team, the remaining draftees still have the opportunity to claim a spot on the final roster. With two goalkeepers away on international duty, Amanda McGlynn from the University of Virginia should take advantage of the moment. Defender Chantelle Swaby, who has been called to the Jamaican Women’s National Team in the past, can also grab some attention during preseason.
The Preseason Roster includes six invitees. Four of these players came from SBFC’s Open Tryouts in February: Taylor Aylmer, Jennifer Cudjoe, Caroline Murray, and Hana Kerner. Nicole Baxter also earned a preseason invite. She signed as a National Team Replacement player in 2019 for Sky Blue and has played in Sweden’s women’s league. Cassidy Benintente, a former Rutgers player, is also on the preseason roster.
2020 Sky Blue FC Preseason Roster:
GOALKEEPERS (4): Kailen Sheridan (FED-CAN, NYR), DiDi Haracic, Megan Hinz, Amanda McGlynn (CDP)
DEFENDERS (9): Cassidy Benintente (NRI), Caprice Dydasco, Mandy Freeman, Estelle Johnson (NYR), Gina Lewandowski, Domi Richardson, Kaleigh Riehl (CDP), Erica Skroski, Chantelle Swaby (CDP)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Taylor Aylmer (NRI), Nicole Baxter (NRI), Jennifer Cudjoe (NRI), Elizabeth Eddy, Nahomi Kawasumi, Hana Kerner (NRI), Sarah Woldmoe, Carli Lloyd (FED-USA, NYR), Madison Tiernan, Kenie Wright, McCall Zerboni
FORWARDS (7): Imani Dorsey, Paige Monaghan, Caroline Murray (NRI), Ifeoma Onumonu, Mallory Pugh (FED-USA, NYR), Midge Purce, Evelyne Viens (CDP)
NRI – non-roster invitee
NYR – not yet reported to camp
CDP – 2020 NWSL College Draft Pick
FED – 2020 Federation Player