Sky Blue FC continues to remake its roster ahead of the 2018 season and has added two new faces through a trade with Seattle Reign
Heading east is defender Rebekah Stott and forward Katie Johnson in exchange for the rights to Caitlin Foord. Stott and Johnson are also international players for New Zealand and Mexico respectively.
“I am really excited about internationals Stott and Johnson coming to Sky Blue FC,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “Stott is a proven back in this league, and her ability on the ball and running a defensive line are top level. Johnson is an attacking powerhouse with the movement, awareness and technical ability to be a top forward in this league.”
Stott, 24, completed her first season in the NWSL in 2017, making 18 starts over 22 matches. A staple on the Seattle backline, she also tallied an assist on the offensive end of the field.
She began her club career in 2010 for Brisbane Roar in the Australia W-League before spending the following two seasons with Melbourne Victory. Stott then made the move to the Frauen-Bundesliga in Germany to play with SC Sand for two years before heading back to Australia in 2015 to join Melbourne City, winning a W-League championship during the 2015-16 campaign.
Stott was signed by Seattle ahead of the 2017 NWSL season and is currently back with Melbourne City on loan. She is expected to arrive in New Jersey ahead of the 2018 NWSL campaign.
Johnson, 23, was taken by Seattle as the 16th overall selection in the 2017 NWSL College Draft and enjoyed a standout career at the University of Southern California, where she played four years alongside Sky Blue FC defenders Kayla Mills and Mandy Freeman. The trio capped off their collegiate campaigns by winning the 2016 NCAA College Cup, with Johnson scoring a goal in the semifinal and then a brace in the final to lead USC to its second national championship in program history.
During her rookie NWSL season, Johnson made 23 appearances, and she finished the year with four goals and a pair of assists.
Foord last played for Sky Blue FC in 2015, which was her third NWSL season in New Jersey. She spent the past two years in Japan with Vegalta Sendai, but her NWSL playing rights had been retained by Sky Blue FC since that move.