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Sky Blue FC signs draft picks Evelyne Viens, Kaleigh Riehl

Viens and Riehl were selected fifth and 11th overall, respectively, at this year’s NWSL College Draft

USF product Evelyne Viens talks to the crowd after being selected fifth overall in the 2020 NWSL Draft by Sky Blue FC in Baltimore, Maryland. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

NEW YORK — Sky Blue FC signed the team’s top picks at this year’s National Women’s Soccer League College Draft, Evelyne Viens and Kaleigh Riehl, the club announced Tuesday.

Viens, a forward, and Riehl, a defender, were two of several highly rated players in this year’s draft class, and were expectedly picked early. Both should contribute fairly quickly once the 2020 NWSL season gets started. Viens, the No. 5 overall pick, enjoyed a high-scoring collegiate career at the University of Florida, while Riehl, selected No. 11 overall, coupled her time at Penn State with games at various youth levels for the United States women’s national team.

“Viens is a quality player that brings more pace to our roster and has the ability to find the back of the net,” Sky Blue FC coach Freya Coombe said in a club statement. Coombe added Riehl “has been such a leader for Penn State’s defense and shows such great quality on and off the ball.”

Both are expected to add depth to Sky Blue’s roster. Viens joins a host of forwards, while Riehl will be another option at center back and left back on a roster that could use more depth in that department.

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