Imani Dorsey played 71 minutes as a replacement player last week. (Jeffrey Auger Photo)
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Sky Blue FC announced Friday that it has released forward Imani Dorsey from her national team replacement contract and signed her to a full professional contract.
To make room on the roster for Dorsey, the team waived defender Kayla Mills.
Dorsey, 22, was the fifth overall selection by Sky Blue FC in the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League college draft in January. The Duke University product made her professional debut for Sky Blue FC last weekend against the Washington Spirit at Yurcak Field, in which she was in the Starting XI and played 71 minutes.
“Imani had a very good performance for us this past Friday, which was obviously the first start of her professional career. She plays with a lot of explosiveness, and her movement off the ball provides a great addition to our attack,” Sky Blue FC head coach Denise Reddy said. “We also want to take the time today to thank Kayla for all of her contributions to Sky Blue FC, and we want to wish her nothing but success in the future.”
The Maryland native was named the Atlantic Coast Conference offensive player of the year in 2017 and received United Soccer Coaches first team All-America honors. Last fall she had a standout senior campaign at Duke, leading the Blue Devils with 47 shots, 38 points and a team-best 14 goals. She also recorded five game-winners, scored in six successive matches and made 25 starts.
Dorsey has competed within the U.S. national team system at the Under-15, U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels.
Mills was in her second season with Sky Blue FC after the team selected her with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft. She made 13 starts over 16 appearances.
Sky Blue FC starts a three-game road trip this weekend, taking on the Orlando Pride Saturday. The team will return home to Yurcak Field on July 7 to host the Chicago Red Stars.