Sky Blue FC pulled off a trade with Seattle Reign FC that brought over two players for the rights of another.
The National Women’s Soccer League team acquired New Zealand international defender Rebekah Stott and Mexico international forward Katie Johnson for the rights to Caitlin Foord.
“I am really excited about internationals Stott and Johnson coming to Sky Blue FC,” head coach said Denise Reddy said. “Stott is a proven back in this league, and her ability on the ball and running a defensive line are top level. Johnson is an attacking powerhouse with the movement, awareness and technical ability to be a top forward in this league.”
Stott, 24, a versatile defender who completed her first season in the NWSL in 2017, made 18 starts over 22 matches. She began her club career in 2010 for Brisbane Roar in the Australia W-League before spending the following two seasons with Melbourne Victory.
She moved to the Frauen-Bundesliga in Germany to play with SC Sand for two years before heading back to Australia in 2015 to join Melbourne City, winning a W-League championship during the 2015-16 season. Stott was signed by Seattle prior to the 2017 NWSL season. She has returned to Melbourne City on loan.
Stott was born in Papamoa, New Zealand, but she grew up in Australia and played for the Young Matildas at the Under-17 and U-20 levels. She opted to represent her nation of birth at the senior level, making her New Zealand debut in 2012. Stott was named to the Kiwis roster for the 2012 Summer Olympics and was featured in each match that New Zealand played in the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She eclipsed the half-century mark for the Kiwis when she recorded her 50th international cap at the 2016 Brazil Olympics.
Johnson, 23, was cjosen by Seattle as the 16th overall selection in the 2017 NWSL college draft. She enjoyed a standout career at the University of Southern California, where she played four years alongside Sky Blue FC defenders Kayla Mills and Mandy Freeman. The trio capped off their collegiate careers by winning the 2016 NCAA College Cup, with Johnson scoring a goal in the semifinal and a brace in the final to lead USC to its second national championship.
During her rookie NWSL season, Johnson made 23 appearances, and she finished the year with four goals and a pair of assists.
Born in California, Johnson made her debut for the Mexican national side in 2015. Since she shares dual citizenship with the United States and Mexico, Johnson will not occupy one of Sky Blue FC’s international roster spots.
“We are incredibly excited to welcome Rebekah and Katie to Sky Blue FC,” Sky Blue FC president and general manager Tony Novo said. “Both have performed on the world stage and have been exceptionally productive at every level in which they have played. They are two young players with high-rising trajectories, and we cannot wait to have them on the field for our club.”