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Sky Blue FC re-signs defender Erica Skroski

Skroski, a New Jersey native, has been with Sky Blue since 2016.

Orlando Pride forward Marta (10) watches her shot while Sky Blue FC defender Erica Skroski (8) defends during the first half of an NWSL soccer match, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in Harrison, N.J. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. (AP Photo/Steve Luciano)

NEW YORK — Sky Blue FC has once again signed a player to a new deal, on Thursday announcing that long time defender Erica Skroski agreed to a one year deal with a one year option.

Skroski is a New Jersey lifer, having been born and raised in the state, going on to attend Rutgers University and then to play for Sky Blue.

She was a third round draft pick for Sky Blue in the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League college draft, and went on to play every match of her rookie season. The center back has remained a mainstay in the Sky Blue defense, playing 20 or more matches in each of her four seasons with the club.

“Erica brings versatility and grit to our backline,” general manager Alyse LaHue said in a statement. “As a New Jersey native she has spent her whole playing career in the State and we are happy to have her continue with her home club for another season.”

In her comments in the same statement, Skroski called this period “an exciting time for the club,” reflecting on Sky Blue’s constant growth since LaHue took over the general manager position, first as an interim, in April of 2019.

Skroski’s feeling matches those of her teammates that also recently signed new deals, reflecting a particular joy players have expressed ahead of the team’s news-making move to Red Bull Arena for the 2020 season.

Skroski may continue to be an integral part of the Sky Blue defense, along with her 2019 center back partner Estelle Johnson, who also signed a new deal this offseason. Further depth in the position was added in the draft with Kaleigh Riehl, the 11th overall pick in this year’s draft.

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