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Sky Blue FC signs forward Paige Monaghan to new deal

The forward signed a two year deal with a one year option.

Sky Blue FC captain Carli Lloyd, center, celebrates scoring an equalizer against the Orlando Pride Sunday at Red Bull Arena. (ISI Photos)

NEW YORK — Sky Blue FC announced Monday that Paige Monaghan signed a two-year deal with a one-year option.

Monaghan was drafted 10th overall in 2019’s National Women’s Soccer League College Draft by Sky Blue and quickly established herself as a regular during her rookie season.

Monaghan split time between defense and the attack in 2019, eventually settling into a more familiar forward role after head coach Denise Reddy was fired last summer. Monaghan went on to score two goals and record one assist last season, and was rewarded with a Rookie of the Year nomination and an invitation to the United States women’s national team identification camp in January.

“We are thrilled Paige will continue to play for Sky Blue in 2020,” head coach Freya Coombe said in a club statement. “Her pace and appetite for goal causes so many problems for the opposition. I am excited to see her link up with our new signings in the attacking third and score more goals this season.”

The deal provides a bit of color to how Sky Blue’s front line might look in 2020, considering Coombe has so far constructed a roster stacked with forwards as she prepares for her first full season at the club.

There will likely be minutes to share with possible national team commitments for Carli Lloyd and newcomer Mallory Pugh as the Olympics approach, but Monaghan’s long-term contract indicates an even larger commitment than just temporary cover in a big women’s soccer year.

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