NEW YORK — Sky Blue FC forward Jen Hoy announced her retirement Friday after a seven-year career.
She played in all seven National Women’s Soccer League seasons and also spent time in Australia’s W-League. Hoy, 29, was part of the NWSL’s first College Draft in 2013 and was a fourth-round draft pick for the Chicago Red Stars.
She developed into a reliable forward for the team, making 78 appearances and scoring 15 goals during her four-year stint. While with the Red Stars, Hoy twice spent the offseason with Australian side Newcastle Jets, with whom she scored five goals in 12 matches. In 2018, she was traded to Sky Blue and again was a fairly frequent contributor, playing 20 games and scoring twice in two seasons. She finished her career with 107 NWSL appearances.
The player already announced her post-retirement plans, dedicating herself fully to her holistic health and nutrition business, Thrive.
In a statement, Hoy described that work as her “life purpose,” one of many things she would not have realized without her soccer career.
“Thank you soccer! You’ve brought me more than I could have ever asked for, lifelong friendships and family across the U.S. and around the globe,” Hoy said. “I met the love of my life while playing abroad in Australia. I discovered my life purpose and passion.”
— Sky Blue FC (@SkyBlueFC) February 7, 2020
As one of the league’s first draft picks, Hoy became emblematic of the opportunity the league presented to players. She spoke in September about taking a chance on a new and unproven league after the urging of her Princeton University coach, though she had not intended on a professional career. She eventually enjoyed a career that can be considered an ideal mold for the average draft pick.