Sky Blue FC Monday announced its 28-player preseason opening day roster prior to the 2019 National Women’s Soccer League season

The roster includes four players selected by Sky Blue in the 2019 NWSL College Draft and five non-roster invitees. Rookies Julie James and Paige Monaghan also were chosen in the draft, but have since signed contracts to play.

The team will be without three players at the start of preseason due to international duty. Midfielder Carli Lloyd, who has been competing with the U.S. women’s national team in the SheBelieves Cup, will return to New Jersey following the final match of the tournament against Brazil Tuesday.

Goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan is competing in the 2019 Algarve Cup with the Canada national team. She will return to Sky Blue following the final placement match on Wednesday. Goalkeeper Didi Haracic will miss the first few days of preseason as she returns from competing in Europe with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sky Blue will play its first preseason match on Saturday, March 16 against St. John’s University at Sportika Sports, in Manalapan, N.J. Saturday, March 16 at 3 p.m. ET.

The club’s season opener will be against the Washington Spirit at Maryland SoccerPlex April 13 and the home opener will take place Saturday, April 20 against the Houston Dash.

The roster

GOALKEEPERS (4): Grace Bendon (NRI), Didi Haracic (NYR), Kaylan Marckese (CDP), Kailen Sheridan (FED-CAN; NYR)

DEFENDERS (8): Caprice Dydasco, Sabrina Flores (CDP), Mandy Freeman, Asako Ideue (NRI), Estelle Johnson, Amandine Pierre-Louis, Domi Richardson, Erica Skroski

MIDFIELDERS (10): Imani Dorsey, Julie James, Sarah Killion, Carli Lloyd (FED-USA, NYR), Paige Monaghan, Gabriela Morais (NRI), Shade Pratt (NRI), Raquel Rodriguez, Madison Tiernan, Kenie Wright (CDP)

FORWARDS (6): Kyra Carusa (CDP), Nahomi Kawasumi, Jen Hoy, Savannah McCaskill, McKenzie Meehan, Elle Sweeney (NRI)


FED – 2019 Federation Player
CDP – 2019 NWSL College Draft pick
NRI – Non-Roster Invitee
NYR – Not Yet Reported to Camp