HARRISON, N.j. – Sky Blue FC Tuesday signed South Korean international midfielder Sodam Lee for the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League season.
The midfielder agreed to a one-year guaranteed contract with a club option for a second year.
“I am honored to be able to start my NWSL career with the best players of Sky Blue FC,” Lee said in a statement. “I am ready to dedicate myself for the team to make Sky Blue FC at the top of the NWSL table this fall. I am looking forward to training and playing with my new teammates. See you soon.”
Lee, 26, joins Sky Blue from the Incheon Hyundai Steel Red Angels WFC of the WK League, the top division of South Korean women’s soccer. After joining the South Korea club in 2016, Lee scored 12 goals the past three seasons.
“We are really pleased to welcome Sodam to Sky Blue and excited for her to join our midfield,” head coach Freya Coombe said in a statement. “She has fantastic technical ability and great tactical awareness. She can play centrally or wide and has the versatility to play deeper as a holding midfielder. She has had success in the WK League in South Korea and is now looking forward to challenging herself in the NWSL.”
Lee appeared in the 2015 and 2019 Women’s World Cup for the South Korea senior team and the FIFA Under-17 and U-20 World Cups. In the U-17 World Cup, Lee scored the equalizing goal in the final match and converted on her penalty kick to help South Korea win the trophy. With the senior squad, Lee has scored six goals in 55 appearances.
“We look forward to welcoming the arrival of Sodam to Sky Blue for the upcoming season,” general anager Alyse LaHue said in a statement. “Joining the NWSL should prove to be an excellent next challenge in her career, and we feel strongly that Sodam will fit in fluidly at the Club.”
Sky Blue FC begins the preseason Feb. 1, with the NWSL Challenge Cup set to kick off mid-April. The team is preparing for a 24-match season, starting in mid-May.