With preseason officially underway for Sky Blue FC and the other National Women’s Soccer League teams, the New Jersey-based club announced a roster of 31 players as it begins preparations for the 2020 season.
Most of 2019’s roster is back, including captain Sarah Woldmoe, now going by her married name after beginning her career as Sarah Killion.
Also part of the group are Sky Blue’s newest additions Mallory Pugh, Midge Purce, McCall Zerboni and Ifeoma Onumonu. Pugh is still with the United States women’s national team as it competes in the SheBelieves Cup, and she is one of five Sky Blue players who will report to training late after playing for their national teams.
Additionally, Sky Blue has unsigned draft picks goalkeeper Amanda McGlynn and defender Chantelle Swaby in training, while last year’s supplemental roster signing Nicole Baxter and defender Cassidy Benintente — who was with the team in 2017 — will also be on the roster. Sky Blue also invited four players from February’s open tryouts: midfielders Taylor Aylmer, Jennifer Cudjoe, and Hana Kerner, and forward Caroline Murray.
Midfielder Julie Doyle, part of last year’s rookie class, is not on the roster.
The team also announced its preseason schedule Monday, which will see the team play three matches in North Carolina. Sky Blue will face the University of North Carolina on April 1, the University of Virginia on April 4, and fellow NWSL side North Carolina Courage on April 5.
2020 Sky Blue FC preseason roster
Goalkeepers (4): Kailen Sheridan (FED-CAN, NYR), DiDi Haracic, Megan Hinz, Amanda McGlynn (CDP)
Defenders (9): Cassidy Benintente (NRI), Caprice Dydasco, Mandy Freeman, Estelle Johnson (NYR), Gina Lewandowski, Domi Richardson, Kaleigh Riehl (CDP), Erica Skroski, Chantelle Swaby (CDP)
Midfielders (11): Taylor Aylmer (NRI), Nicole Baxter (NRI), Jennifer Cudjoe (NRI), Elizabeth Eddy, Nahomi Kawasumi, Hana Kerner (NRI), Carli Lloyd (FED-USA, NYR), Madison Tiernan, Kenie Wright, Sarah Woldmoe, McCall Zerboni
Forwards (7): Imani Dorsey, Paige Monaghan, Caroline Murray (NRI), Ifeoma Onumonu, Mallory Pugh (FED-USA, NYR), Midge Purce, Evelyne Viens (CDP)
NRI – non-roster invitee
NYR – not yet reported to camp
CDP – 2020 NWSL College Draft Pick
FED – 2020 Federation Player