Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy (center) and general manager Tony Novo (right) made the dispersal draft decisions. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)
Sky Blue FC gave up an opportunity to take U.S. international midfielder Rose Lavelle as the top pick in the National Women’s Soccer League dispersal draft of the Boston Breakers Tuesday.
Instead, the club traded away its selection to the Washington Spirit and chose forward Savannah McCaskill, who had been taken in the college draft two weeks ago, as the second pick of the dispersal draft.
Sky Blue FC also grabbed Canada international Adriana Leon at No. 18 and defender Amanda Frisbie at No. 19.
“We are really excited about adding these three players to our roster,” Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy said in a statement. “McCaskill is a dynamic player and difference-maker, both on and off the ball. She is able to create as well as score goals, and she is an up-and-coming player on the international scene.
“Leon is a Canadian international who is a powerful forward and capable of playing various positions. She is coming off a great year in Boston, and we look to build upon that momentum this year with Sky Blue FC. Frisbie is a solid defender with superb technical ability, and we are very excited to have her joining our club. She is a tactically sound player who will certainly strengthen our backline.”
McCaskill, 21, was taken by Boston with the second overall selection in the 2018 college draft after a storied career at the University of South Carolina. She finished college as the only player in program history to receive All-America honors on three occasions. The two-time Southeast Conference offensive player of the year ranks third at South Carolina with 114 points and 40 goals. Her 34 assists were the second-highest in school history, while her 17 game-winners are a program-best. She set another record during her junior season, scoring a school-record 17 goals.
South Carolina reached the NCAA Division I Tournament each year during McCaskill’s four-year tenure, reaching the NCAA Division I women’s College Cup for the first time last fall. The 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and U.S. Soccer Young Female of the Year nominee also played the U.S. women’s national team, recording her first cap against Denmark Sunday.
Leon, 25, enjoyed her best NWSL campaign in 2017, finishing second on the Breakers with five goals and recorded a team-best six assists. The Ontario native began her NWSL career in 2013 with Boston, but she spent most of her first three seasons with the Chicago Red Stars. She then made the move to the Western New York Flash ahead of the 2016 season before joining FC Zürich Frauen of the Swiss Nationalliga A in August of that year.
After three years with the Canada Under-20 women’s national team, Leon made her senior debut in 2012. She represented Canada at the 2015 Women’s World Cup. She has registered eight goals in 44 international appearances.
Frisbie, 25, was selected by Seattle Reign FC in the 2014 college draft but missed her rookie season due to injury. She made her NWSL debut the following year for the Western New York Flash, making the move to FC Kansas City in 2015. She spent 2016 with Stjarnan Women of the Úrvalsdeild kvenna league in Iceland and returned to the NWSL this past season to suit-up for the Breakers. She made nine starts over 12 appearances, tallying one assist. Frisbie most recently played for Perth Glory during the 2017-18 W-League season in Australia. She will be returning stateside ahead of the preseason.