HOWELL, N.J. – Sky Blue FC fortified its midfield Friday by acquiring U.S. international McCall Zerboni and a conditional pick in the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League draft from North Carolina Courage in exchange for the rights to Hailie Mace.
Zerboni, 33, joins Sky Blue FC after three seasons with the Courage, winning three consecutive NWSL Shields and back-to-back league championships in 2018 and 2019. She finished the 2019 regular season with 24 appearances (19 starts), playing 1,716 minutes and recording one assist.
“We are ecstatic to welcome McCall to Sky Blue,” Sky Blue head coach Freya Coombe said. “She’s a highly decorated player in the league who adds quality and experience to our midfield. As a proven winner, we know she has the right mentality to help us succeed.”
A staple in the midfield, Zerboni played 65 regular season games in the last three years for the Courage, registering 5,487 minutes, six goals, and three assists. In 2018, she earned NWSL team of the month honors four consecutive times and was a NWSL MVP finalist. She also was named to the NWSL’s Best XI in 2017 and 2018.
Zerboni started her NWSL career at Western New York Flash in 2013 and joined the Portland Thorns for the 2015 season. In 2016, she signed with the Boston Breakers, playing in eight games before returning to the Flash for the rest of the season.
“McCall is irreplaceable and one of the greatest players and humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of coaching and knowing,” Courage head coach Paul Riley said. “She has left a footprint and a legacy in our club that will live forever. She’s a warrior, a thoroughbred and a real footballer. She will be fantastic for Sky Blue and we wish McCall a tremendous future in the sport she has done so much to build.”
Zerboni played 5,713 minutes in 69 matches in three seasons with the Courage. She scored the Courage’s first goal against the Washington Spirit on April 15, 2017.
“McCall has been a key leader for our organization as we have built the Courage on and off the field,” North Carolina Football Club president and general manager Curt Johnson said. “She is a fantastic person, player, and her positive impact on our club will be felt for many years to come. I know I speak for everyone in Courage Country in saying thank you McCall and we wish you the best.”
Zerboni earned her first international cap with the U.S. women’s national team in 2017 when the U.S. hosted Korea Republic. In 2018, Zerboni was called up to the Tournament of the Nations and for friendlies against Chile, logging 254 minutes for the year. She suffered a broken elbow in an internatonal friendly against Chile, as she was unavailable for Women’s World cup qualifying.
She has made nine appearances with the USWNT.