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Sky Blue FC defender Christina Gibbons retires

NEW YORK — Sky Blue defender Christina Gibbons has retired from the game after two years at the professional level, the club announced on Monday.

The 24-year-old ended her career with the New Jersey-based club after playing 16 matches in her lone season there in 2018. She spent her collegiate career at Duke University, and was drafted fifth overall by FC Kansas City in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.

For Kansas City, she played 24 times and picked up the most minutes on the team before she was traded to Sky Blue. In between, Gibbons competed briefly for Melbourne Victory in Australia’s W-League, playing 10 times.

Additionally, Gibbons was fairly accomplished on the national team level. She was capped at the U-20 and U-23 levels by the United States. Ahead of her rookie season in 2017, Gibbons was called up by U.S. women’s national team head coach Jill Ellis for the team’s January camp, though she did not make an appearance.

Gibbons announced her retirement two days ago through an Instagram post, in which she thanked her teammates, coaches, club staff and supporters.

 

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