Mallory Pugh will get an opportunity to showcase her skills with the Red Stars. (Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports)
HARRISON, N.J. – Sky Blue FC has sent U.S. women’s national team forward Mallory Pugh and midfielder Sarah Woldmoe to the Chicago Red Stars for two 2021 NWSL Draft first-round picks, a conditional first-round pick in the 2022 draft and international slots for 2021 and 2022, it was announced by the National Women’s Soccer League team Tuesday.
Sky Blue FC holds the third, fourth and eighth overall picks in the first round of the 2021 NWSL Draft, along with the 13th, 23rd, 33rd and 40th selections. The draft is set for Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. ET and will stream live on Twitch.
Pugh, 22, joined Sky Blue in January but missed all but one match of the year with an injury. The Littleton, Colo. native first made her NWSL debut in 2017 with the Washington Spirit. She made her lone Sky Blue appearance in a 2-1 victory over the Spirit in the NWSL Fall Series opener Sept. 5 and recorded an assist on the winning goal.
“Mal’s time with Sky Blue was unfortunately restricted by injury and the reduced season, but we want to wish her all the best in her future career,” Sky Blue head coach Freya Coombe said in a statement.
Added general manager Alyse LaHue: “On behalf of Sky Blue, I echo coach Coombe’s sentiments in wishing Mal a swift return to full form and nothing but success in Chicago and wherever her career may take her. We’ll look forward to seeing her on the pitch again next season.”
Woldmoe, 28, was drafted out of UCLA by Sky Blue with the second overall pick in the 2015 NWSL Draft. Formerly known as Sarah Killion, she had been the Sky Blue captain since 2018 and reached her 100th cap with the club in 2019. Woldmoe played in 106 matches and scored 11 goals.
“I feel so incredibly blessed to have spent the past six years at Sky Blue,” Woldmoe said. “I want to say thank you to the owners and the entire organization for the opportunity to play. I grew up with Sky Blue. I learned a lot about the game but also quite a lot off the pitch and I will cherish all of the memories that I have made here. To the fans – thank you for the continuous support over the years. To my teammates – you all mean more to me than the game itself. I will miss everyone and I look forward to following the growth of this club! Thank you, Sky Blue!”
The Fort Wayne, Ind. native holds several Sky Blue records including matches (106), starts (101), minutes (9,164), and penalty kicks (8). She also holds team season records for penalty kick (4), matches started and played (24) and minutes (2,160) after completing an ironwoman season in 2019.
“I want to thank Sarah for being a fantastic player and captain for Sky Blue,” Coombe said. “Sarah is a top-notch professional and I truly wish her all the best in her move to Chicago and glad she can be back with her family.”