Sky Blue FC has 32 players on its preseason roster. (Jose L. Argueta, ISI Photo courtesy of Sky Blue)
Sky Blue FC, which opened its preseason camp at The Atlantic Club in Manasquan, N.J. Monday, also unveiled its roster that will train with the National Women’s Soccer League team.
The team has 32 players in camp.
Among some of the new faces who have arrived at the club came via the 2017 NWSL college draft, where the team added NCAA Division I champion University of Southern California’s Kayla Mills and Mandy Freeman, Clemson goalkeeper and Canadian international Kailen Sheridan, Rutgers forward Madison Tiernan, Clemson midfielder Catrina Atanda and Boston College forward McKenzie Meehan.
Another key addition was midfielder Daphne Corboz, a New Jersey native who has spent the past two seasons with Manchester City of the FA Women’s Super League.
Sky Blue returns some of its most important playmakers from last season, starting with captain and defender Christie Rampone, who played every minute of every match in 2016.
Additional veterans returning are goalkeeper Caroline Casey; defenders Kelley O’Hara, Erica Skroski and Erin Simon; midfielders Kelly Conheeney, Sarah Killion, Taylor Lytle, Domi Richardson, Raquel Rodriguez, the 2016 NWSL rookie of the year and Nikki Stanton, and forwards Rachel Breton, Kim DeCesare, Leah Galton, Maya Hayes, Tasha Kai, Sam Kerr, Danielle Schulmann and Catherine Zimmerman.
Also invited into camp are goalkeepers Tori Corsaro and Kristyn Shea, defender Cassidy Benintente; midfielder Jackie Bruno and forwards Erica Murphy and Alexis McTamney.
“We are very optimistic as we head into our first week of the preseason,” Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly said. “We have a great array of new talent coming into camp. With so many skillful players taking part in the preseason, it creates a very competitive environment that will challenge everybody to be at their best.”
Sky Blue FC has three matches on the docket for the preseason. Through a partnership with New York Surf Soccer Club, the team will open its preseason schedule by traveling to Queens and playing St. John’s University at Belson Stadium on Saturday, March 25. Then comes University of North Carolina on Saturday, April 1, kicking off at 3:30 p.m. at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J. The final game will be a Sunday afternoon pairing with Penn State University April 9 at 4 p.m. Its location is to be determined.
Admission for all preseason matches is free.
GOALKEEPERS: Caroline Casey (William and Mary), Tori Corsaro (Le Moyne), Kristyn Shea (Providence), Kailen Sheridan (Clemson, FP-CAN)
DEFENDERS: Cassidy Benintente (Rutgers), Kayla Mills (Southern California), Mandy Freeman (Southern California), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford, FP-USA), Erica Skroski (Rutgers), Christie Rampone (Monmouth), Erin Simon (Syracuse)
MIDFIELDERS: Catrina Atanda (Clemson), Jackie Bruno (Massachusetts), Kelly Conheeney (Virginia Tech), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Taylor Lytle (Texas Tech), Domi Richardson (Missouri), Raquel Rodriguez (Penn State, INT’L-CRC), Nikki Stanton (Fairfield)
FORWARDS: Rachel Breton (Rutgers), Kim DeCesare (Duke), Leah Galton (Hofstra, INT’L-ENG), Maya Hayes (Penn State), Tasha Kai (Hawaii), Sam Kerr (INT’L-AUS), Alexis McTamney (Monmouth), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College), Erica Murphy (Rutgers), Danielle Schulmann (Connecticut), Madison Tiernan (Rutgers), Catherine Zimmerman (Providence)