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Sky Blue re-signs defender Domi Richardson

Richardson signed a one-year deal with an option for a second year.

The new 2020 NWSL game ball sits on the stage at the league's college draft in Baltimore on Jan. 16, 2020. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

NEW YORK — Sky Blue FC announced Wednesday that defender Domi Richardson signed a new one-year deal with a one-year option, making her the ninth player to recommit to the club this offseason.

Richardson joined Sky Blue in 2016 after brief stints with Houston Dash and FC Kansas City, and she became a fixture in the starting lineup in 2018, when she played 16 matches.

The defender looked poised to receive similar minutes in 2019, but missed most of the season with an ankle injury. She did recover in time to receive playing time under new head coach Freya Coombe in her five-match spell as the interim coach at the end of 2019, closing the season with a 44-minute stint at the North Carolina Courage. She also scored in that match, a 3-2 victory for the Courage.

“Domi finished last season on a high note with her goal against the Courage and I am really excited for this momentum to continue into this season,” Coombe said in a club statement. “She is one of the best players I have seen at striking a ball and her range of passing makes her a real threat to teams.”

Richardson is another option in the back as Sky Blue has been building its defensive roster through trades and the draft, where the team selected three defensive players.

One of the team’s big aims in 2020 will likely be to improve recent defensive records. In 2019, the team had the third-most goals allowed, with only the Dash and the Orlando Pride posting worse numbers.

Sky Blue begins the 2020 season away to the Pride on Sunday, April 19.

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