NEW YORK — Sky Blue FC will further its collaboration with the New York Red Bulls of MLS, announcing Tuesday that the National Women’s Soccer League side will use Red Bulls Training Facility in East Hanover, N.J. for the 2020 season.
Sky Blue will have access to a grass and turf field, and will also be using the grounds’ Academy Building, which has a complete athletic training room, fitness center, team meeting spaces and locker rooms dedicated to Sky Blue players and coaches.
“We’re grateful for the working relationship we have with the Red Bulls organization,” Sky Blue general manager Alyse LaHue said in a statement issued by the club. “Our goal is to provide our players with the best possible resources to reach their potential and this training location and environment helps accomplish that.”
The facility marks a dramatic improvement on Sky Blue’s options of the past. The team made headlines in 2018 for training arrangements that did not have available showers for players, and had been making improvements in 2019 with a move to Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J.
However, the move to Red Bulls Training Facility is more reflective of the team’s improvements under LaHue’s direction as the team now aims to meet higher standards on and off the field.
The move means Sky Blue will share both a training ground and a stadium with the Major League Soccer team, with the two teams announcing in November that Sky Blue would move all its home matches into Red Bull Arena for the 2020 NWSL season.
“We’re proud to partner with Sky Blue and provide world-class facilities for training as well as games,” Red Bulls vice president of operations Shaun Oliver said in a statement. “Giving Sky Blue players and staff access to facilities and fields that we consider to be the best in the region will hopefully aid their preparation and help contribute to success on the field.”