Mallory Pugh is expected to make her Sky Blue FC debut during the NWSL Fall Series. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. – Mallory Pugh is ready to go.
The U.S. women’s international midfielder is set to make her Sky Blue FC in the NWSL Fall Series.
Pugh missed the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup with a right hip injury.
Sky Blue FC Friday announced its roster for the NWSL Fall Series.
Sky Blue FC will take on the Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit as part of the Northeast pod, playing at the former Saturday at 1 p.m.
Several players from the team’s Challenge Cup roster have gone on loan and will not play in the series. That includes forward Evelyne Viens at Paris FC and midfielders Elizabeth Eddy and Nahomi Kawasumi at Vittsjö GIK and INAC Kobe Leonessa, respectively.
Pending work-visa approval, defender Kaleigh Riehl’s loan will be announced in the coming days.
After missing the Challenge Cup with a right hip injury, Mallory Pugh will make her Sky Blue FC debut during the series. Following a breakout Challenge Cup performance, Jennifer Cudjoe has earned a multi-year contract with the team, while midfielder Nicole Baxter returns on a short-term contract.
“I am looking forward to continuing to build this team and our identity throughout the NWSL Fall Series,” Sky Blue FC head coach Freya Coombe said in a statement. “We have sent a few players on loan to Europe and Japan to widen their experience and will be following them closely. I am pleased to welcome Mal back from injury and look forward to working with her this fall.”
Contracted players that are not on the roster due to injury include Caprice Dydasco (Right ACL), Carli Lloyd (Left Knee), Kenie Wright (Right ACL), and McCall Zerboni (Left Meniscus).
Midfielder Madison Tiernan announced her retirement. Defender Cassidy Benintente also has stepped awa from the game. Both announcements followed the completion of the NWSL Challenge Cup.
The club’s first match is against the Washington Spirit at Segra Field in Leesburg, Va. Saturdyay, 1 p.m. ET (CBS). The team will travel to face the Chicago Red Stars at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Ill. Sept. 20. This match will air on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Canada. International viewers can stream all matches on Twitch.
Sky Blue will hold its home matches at Montclair State University, with both contests slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Club will welcome the Washington Spirit on October 3 and wrap up play against the Chicago Red Stars on October 10. As of now, Sky Blue is not planning to allow fans at either match.
2020 Sky Blue FC NWSL Fall Series Roster:
Rostered Players (18 active spots filled):
GOALKEEPERS (4): Didi Haracic, Megan Hinz, Amanda “Mandy” McGlynn, Kailen Sheridan (FED-CAN)
DEFENDERS (7): Imani Dorsey, Sabrina Flores, Mandy Freeman, Estelle Johnson, Gina Lewandowski, Margaret “Midge” Purce, Erica Skroski
MIDFIELDERS (4): Nicole Baxter, Jennifer Cudjoe (INTL-GHA), Domi Richardson, Sarah Woldmoe
FORWARDS (3): Paige Monaghan, Ifeoma Onumonu, Mallory Pugh (FED-USA)
Federations Players (FED): 2
International Players (INTL): 1
FED – 2020 Federation Player
INTL – International Player