Kailen Sheridan is a member of the Canada women’s national team. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)
HOWELL, N.J. — Sky Blue FC will have three allocated players this National Women’s Soccer League season, the league announced on Thursday.
Forward Carli Lloyd and midfielder Mallory Pugh were listed as allocated players from the United States and goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan was listed from Canada.
Allocated players are players who will have their salaries paid by the U.S. Soccer Federation or the Canadian Soccer Association, respectively. Thirty-two players will be participating as Federation Players in 2020: 23 from U.S. Soccer and nine from the Canadian Soccer Association.
In 2019, Lloyd led the Sky Blue FC attack with eight goals and one assist in 14 games and finished the season in the top 10 for goals scored. Lloyd is ranked sixth all-time in NWSL goals (39).
Pugh was acquired by Sky Blue FC from the Washington Spirit during the 2020 NWSL college draft in exchange for the fourth, 13th, and 17th overall selections as well as a 1st round 2021 Draft Pick. Pugh finished the 2019 NWSL season playing and starting in nine games, scoring two goals and notching two assists.
Sheridan had another outstanding season in goal with 86 saves and three shutouts in 19 games played. Tied for first in the league with saves and save percentage (78%), Sheridan was nominated for 2019 NWSL goalkeeper of the year and was selected the NWSL team of the month for April and July.
Sky Blue FC will kick off its inaugural season at Red Bull Arena against Reign FC on Sunday, April 26.