Christie Pearce won’t play for Sky Blue FC for the second week in a row. (Andy Mead/YCJ Photo)

Former U.S. international captain and defender Christie Pearce will miss her second consecutive game for Sky Blue FC due to the National Women’s Soccer League concussion protocol.

Pearce will sit out Saturday’s away game at the Washington Spirit at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md.

She was forced to the sidelines for last week’s 1-0 home-opening win over FC Kansas City due to a concussion suffered in a 1-0 loss at the Boston Breakers two weeks ago.

According to a Sky Blue FC spokesman, the team did not see any indications of a concussion occurring during the match.

After the game ended, head coach Christy Holly and his training staff became concerned and immediately placed the former U.S. international captain and defender in concussion protocol, a spokesman said.

Pearce had her consecutive NWSL match streak snapped at 29.

As it turns out, Pearce won’t be the only Sky Blue FC player missing from the Starting XI or the bench.

Costar Rican international striker Raquel Rodriguez, who recorded the game-winning goal last Sunday’s win, will be unavailable to the team due to her graduation from Penn State University Saturday.

Midfielder Daphne Corboz is in England taking an entrance examination for medical school. Rodriguez and Corboz will return to New Jersey next week, the club said.

There was no mention as to when Pearce will return to playing.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at