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NC Courage send Eddy to Sky Blue in deal for Meehan

Eddy, 27, had appeared in just three Courage matches this season, scoring once.

While the World Cup in France commanded the attention of many in women’s soccer on Tuesday, a pair of NWSL clubs swapped players.

The North Carolina Courage shipped midfielder Elizabeth Eddy to Sky Blue FC in exchange for forward McKenzie Meehan. No other terms of the deal were disclosed.

Judging by the Courage’s press release, the deal was made in part to appease Eddy’s desire for more playing time. The 27-year-old midfielder has seen action in three Courage matches this season, scoring once over 65 minutes. Her appearance on May 19 was her first in nearly a year.

“Liz has been a big asset to our club,” Courage head coach Paul Riley said in a statement. “We have enjoyed success together, but Liz wants to play fulltime and as a coach, I think it is important there is honesty and trust that we are here for the right reasons. Liz has given me everything, but I want her to continue to evolve and grow and sometimes that requires a change of scenery. We wish her continued success in her career and those great memories we have shared will have a lasting impact.”

Eddy has played under Riley since he began coaching the Western New York Flash in 2016. Eddy started 20 games that season, which ended with the Flash winning the NWSL title.

Meehan was drafted by Sky Blue in the 2017 NWSL Draft with the 34th overall pick. She scored 57 goals at Boston College, but has yet to net an NWSL score in 31 appearances. She has played just 14 minutes over three games this season.

“Liz has been a big asset to our club,” Riley said. “We have enjoyed success together, but Liz wants to play fulltime and as a coach, I think it is important there is honesty and trust that we are here for the right reasons. Liz has given me everything, but I want her to continue to evolve and grow and sometimes that requires a change of scenery. We wish her continued success in her career and those great memories we have shared will have a lasting impact.”

Meehan has also featured for the U.S. national team at the U18, U20 and U23 levels.

The Courage (3-3-2) continue their NWSL title defense on Saturday, hosting the Portland Thorns. Sky Blue (0-2-5) travel to face the Utah Royals on the same day.

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