Thirty-nine women will be battling for spots on the Sky Blue roster. (Photo by Jeffrey Auger)
TINTON FALLS, N.J. – Sky Blue FC opened its preseason camp Monday as the team held its first training session at Sportika Sports in Manalapan, N.J.
The National Women’s Soccer League team also unveiled its preseason roster, with 39 players vying for spots.
Following a busy offseason, the team welcomed new players to the team who will look to make a big impression this season.
The club first added Brazilian midfielder Thaisa de Moraes Rosa Moreno as a discovery player before making a series of trades to acquire New Zealand defender Rebekah Stott; midfielders Christina Gibbons and Carli Lloyd; and forwards Janine Beckie, Shea Groom, Jen Hoy and Katie Johnson.
In the college draft, Sky Blue FC made three selections in the first round, taking forward Michaela Abam at No. 4, forward Imani Dorsey at No. 5 and defender Amandine Pierre-Louis at No. 6. The team selected goalkeeper Casey Murphy as the 13th overall pick and midfielder Kiana Palacios with the 35th overall choice.
Sky Blue FC concluded its offseason acquisitions through the dispersal draft as it selected forwards Savannah McCaskill and Adriana Leon and defender Amanda Frisbie.
Returning to the Sky Blue FC roster are goalkeepers Kailen Sheridan and Caroline Casey; defenders Cassidy Benintente, Mandy Freeman, Kayla Mills, Domi Richardson, Erin Simon and Erica Skroski; midfielders Daphne Corboz, Sarah Killion, Raquel Rodriguez and Madison Tiernan; and forward McKenzie Meehan.
Also invited into preseason camp were goalkeepers Tori Corsaro, Kaycee Gunion and Christiana Ogunsami; defenders Mary Fiebernitz, Monica Flores, Christa Neary and Jessica Vigna; and midfielders Nicole Baxter, Ani Sarkisian and Alli Magaletta.
GOALKEEPERS (6): Caroline Casey, Tori Corsaro (NRI), Kaycee Guinion (NRI), Casey Murphy (CDP, NYR), Christiana Ogunsami (NRI), Kailen Sheridan
DEFENDERS (13): Cassidy Benintente, Mandy Freeman, Mary Fiebernitz (NRI), Monica Flores (NRI), Amanda Frisbie, Kayla Mills, Christa Neary (NRI), Amandine Pierre-Louis (CDP), Domi Richardson, Erin Simon, Erica Skroski, Rebekah Stott (NYR), Jessica Vigna (NRI)
MIDFIELDERS (11): Nicole Baxter (NRI), Daphne Corboz (NYR), Christina Gibbons, Sarah Killion, Carli Lloyd, Alli Magaletta (NRI), Kiana Palacios (CDP), Raquel Rodriguez (NYR), Ani Sarkisian (NRI), Thaisa (NYR), Madison Tiernan
FORWARDS (9): Michaela Abam (CDP), Janine Beckie, Imani Dorsey (CDP), Shea Groom, Jen Hoy, Katie Johnson, Adriana Leon, Savannah McCaskill, McKenzie Meehan
CDP – 2018 NWSL College Draft pick
NRI – Non-roster invitee
NYR – Not yet reported to camp
Sky Blue FC will play four preseason matches at Sportika Sports, starting against Penn State University Saturday at 6 p.m. Next on the slate is a 3 p.m. meeting with the University of North Carolina Saturday, March 3, followed up by a 1 p.m. contest against West Virginia University Saturday, March 10. Sky Blue FC will conclude its preseason schedule when it welcomes St. John’s University into Sportika Sports for a 2 p.m. kickoff Sunday, March 18.