Sky Blue’s Dorsey Named NWSL Top Rookie

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Imani Dorsey. Photo: Jeffrey Auger

The 2018 NWSL season was a challenging one for Sky Blue FC, but there is a bit of a silver lining as forward Imani Dorsey was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

The fifth overall selection in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, the Duke University graduate completed her studies before joining Sky Blue after the start of the season. She made her professional debut on June 8 against the Washington Spirit and despite playing in only 13 matches tied with Katie Johnson and Carli Lloyd for the team lead in goals with four. Her goal-total was also the highest for a rookie in the NWSL.

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“Imani has an incredible mentality and work ethic,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “She was able to come into the team and quickly adapt to the professional environment, which is very difficult for a rookie to do. From game to game, she showed continual progression and played a vital role for the club. She is definitely worthy of receiving this honor, and we could not be any more excited for her.”   

Dorsey becomes the second Sky Blue FC player to receive NWSL Rookie of the Year accolades over the past three years, joining teammate and 2016 winner Raquel Rodriguez as a recipient of the honor.

The NWSL awards are voted on by club officials, players, fans and media members who cover the league on a consistent basis.