Carli Lloyd will play for Sky Blue FC again. (Photo courtesy of Sky Blue FC)
U.S. international forward Carli Lloyd, defender-forward Midge Purce and Canadian national team goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan have been allocated to Sky Blue FC for the National Women’s Soccer League season, it was announced Thursday.
Allocated players will have their salaries paid by the U.S. Soccer Federation or Canada Soccer. Thirty-two players are participating as allocated players in 2021, 22 from U.S. Soccer and 10 from Canada Soccer.
Lloyd led the Sky Blue attack in 2019 with eight goals and one assist in 14 games. She finished the season in the top ten in the league in goals. Lloyd missed the 2020 Challenge Cup and Fall Series rehabbing an injury suffered in preparation for the 2020 preseason. She ranks sixth all-time in NWSL goals (39).
Purce joined Sky Blue FC in January 2020 and started all nine of her matches between the Challenge Cup and Fall Series. She played every minute of the 2020 Fall Series and finished with one goal and two assists.
Sheridan had another outstanding year in goal in 2020. She earned the Golden Glove award following her stellar Challenge Cup performance. During the Fall Series, Sheridan earned the save of the week award during a 1-0 victory against the Spirit. Sheridan suffered an injury during the 2021 SheBelieves Cup and is being evaluated.