The deal between the two National Women’s Soccer League teams included two of the bigger names in the league with Carli Lloyd head to Sky Blue with reigning NWSL MVP Sam Kerr heading to Chicago. In addition, the Blues acquired Canadian international Janine Beckie, Princeton University graduate Jen Hoy and the sixth and 13th overall picks in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
With the two picks, Sky Blue selected defender Amandine Pierre-Louis and goalkeeper Casey Murphy. Chicago also received midfielder Nikki Stanton and the No. 15 pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
The trade marks a return to the Garden State for Lloyd, who grew up in Delran, N.J., and played collegiately at Rutgers University, the current home of Sky Blue. Internationally, she has played nearly 250 and is approaching the 100 goal mark. Her Team USA career highlights are many and include a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Japan in the finals of the 2015 World Cup, and scoring the game-winning goal in the Gold Medal matches in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Lloyd has been named the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and was runner-up in 2017.
A dual-citizen of Canada and the United States, Beckie lived in Saskatchewan for three years before moving to Colorado. She attended Texas Tech University and her 57 goals is a school record. The eighth overall selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft, Beckie scored three goals in the 2016 Rio Olympics to help Canada earn the Bronze Medal. In two seasons with the Houston Dash, Beckie recorded five goals and three assists on 33 starts over 38 appearances.
Born in Pennsylvania, Hoy attended Princeton University in New Jersey and was selected by the Red Stars with the no. 25 overall pick in the 2013 NWSL College Draft. In five seasons with Chicago, she tallied 15 goals and 10 assists on 51 starts over 72 matches played. Internationally, Hoy competed with the U.S. Women’s National Team at the U-23 level.