HOWELL, N.J. — Sky Blue FC Tuesday acquired midfielder Elizabeth Eddy from North Carolina Courage in exchange for forward McKenzie Meehan.

Eddy, 27, was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League College Draft as the 33rd overall selection before being traded to the Western New York Flash.

She was signed to a contract in the 2015 NWSL season. She joins Sky Blue FC with five years of NWSL experience after being a part of the 2016 Western New York Flash and 2018 North Carolina Courage Championship teams.

During the first part of this season with the Courage Eddy has appeared in three games and scored one goal. In her five NWSL seasons she has appeared in 45 matches and recorded four goals and four assists. Eddy played a key role in the midfield for the 2016 Western New New York champions playing and starting in all 20 matches and logging 1,754 minutes.

“Liz has been a big asset to our club,” Courage head coach Paul Riley said. “We have enjoyed success together, but Liz wants to play fulltime and as a coach, I think it is important there is honesty and trust that we are here for the right reasons. Liz has given me everything, but I want her to continue to evolve and grow and sometimes that requires a change of scenery. We wish her continued success in her career and those great memories we have shared will have a lasting impact.”

Competing at the University of Southern California, she began her career as a Trojan scoring five goals and registeing three assists as a freshman as she was named to PAC-10 All-Freshman Team. In her sophomore year, Eddy was USC’s leading goal-scorer with four goals and two assists. In her senior year she led the attack with six goals in 18 appearances.

In 2010, Eddy helped lead the U.S. U.S. women’s national team to the Concacaf Championship. She was a member of the U.S. U-17 national team that finished second at the U-17 FIFA World Cup.

Meehan was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the 2017 NWSL College draft with the 34th overall selection. She leaves New Jersey after appearing in 31 matches, recording 966 minutes and one assist.

“McKenzie is smart, coachable, and dependable with a nose for the goal,” Riley said. “I love getting players with a point to prove and we are excited to see what she can do in our environment. Hungry is a great trait and expectation is she will push immediately for a starting role.”

Sky Blue FC plays its next home game Saturday, June 22 against Orlando Pride for Pride Celebration Nigh