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Sarah Killion signs new deal with Sky Blue FC

The midfielder re-signs after contemplating leaving the club a year ago.

Orlando player Monica Hickmann Alves (21) and Sky Blue player Sarah Killion (16) leap for the ball during the Sky Blue at Orlando Pride match. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)

NEW YORK — Sky Blue FC captain Sarah Killion agreed to a new contract which extending her five-season stay with the New Jersey-based club, it was announced Monday.

The midfielder was drafted by Sky Blue in 2015, and quickly established herself as a permanent fixture. She has since made over 100 league appearances, and played every minute of the 2019 season. Killion has been part of Sky Blue’s public transformation from a club in crisis to one on the rise, though the player almost opted not to stay and see that transformation.

In the previous offseason, Killion contemplated leaving Sky Blue, though eventually signed a new deal after receiving assurances the club would improve living and working conditions for players. They eventually did under the leadership of general manager Alyse LaHue, and Killion spent much of 2019 praising the efforts of many to improve the club both on and off the pitch.

As a club, I think that we completely turned it around,” Killion told Pro Soccer USA in October. “As much helter-skelter as there was this year, obviously when you’ve had a year that’s that much better than the previous year, I would say [the 2019 season] was a success.”

Killion also said she would be willing to stay if the interest was mutual, and Monday’s announcement proves that is the case.

“Sarah is a quintessential part of Sky Blue so we are thrilled to have her back for another season,” LaHue said in a statement issued by the club. “She is one of our team leaders who has quietly become one of the most important players in this league, so having her continue in this role during a historic season for this club is tremendous.”

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