Carli Lloyd has won two FIFA women’s world player of the year award. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Carli Lloyd will make her home debut for Sky Blue FC, which hosts Seattle Reign FC in its National Women’s Soccer League home opner at Yurcak Field Sunday at 5 p.m.
Lloyd, a Delran, N.J. native, is a two-time FIFA women’s world player of the year who was acquired by Sky Blue FC in the preseason.
Sky Blue (0-1-0, 0 points) will seek its first win of the season against Seattle (1-0-0, 3).
“Playing in the home opener and in front of your home crowd is always exciting,” Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy said. “With the help of Cloud 9 and the rest of our supporters, we can make Yurcak Field a place where it is tough to play, and that is the goal. For me personally, it is extra special to have my family and friends able to attend all of our home matches.”
Sunday marks the NWSL home debut for Reddy as Sky Blue FC head coach as the New Jersey native returns to the organization she helped start as a W-League franchise in 2007.
Sky Blue FC heads into the match-up after a heartbreaking defeat to the North Carolina Courage two weekends ago. The two teams battled in a hard-fought contest that was scoreless when it entered the 92nd minute. Jaelene Hinkle then found Jessica McDonald for the game-winner in stoppage time.
Seattle had a bye before the FIFA break last weekend and will also be playing its second match-up of the regular season. In its season opener, the team hosted the Washington Spirit at Memorial Stadium and won, 2-1. Megan Rapinoe struck in the seventh minute before she set-up Jodie Taylor in the 35th minute to make it a two-goal advantage. Joanna Lohman put Washington on the board in the 68th minute.
Sky Blue FC leads the all-time series between these two clubs, owning an accumulative 6-3-3 record. Sky Blue FC is also unbeaten against Seattle at Yurcak Field, holding a 5-0-2 edge.