A combination of familiar faces and new talent make up the preseason roster for Sky Blue FC as the team begins preparations for the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Among some of the new faces who have arrived at the club came via the 2017 NWSL College Draft, where the team added NCAA champion Southern California’s Kayla Mills and Mandy Freeman, Clemson goalkeeper and Canadian international Kailen Sheridan, Rutgers forward Madison Tiernan, Clemson midfielder Catrina Atanda and Boston College forward McKenzie Meehan. Another key addition into the roster is midfielder Daphne Corboz, a New Jersey native who has spent the past two seasons with Manchester City of the FA Women’s Super League.
“We are very optimistic as we head into our first week of the preseason,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We have a great array of new talent coming into camp. With so many skillful players taking part in the preseason, it creates a very competitive environment that will challenge everybody to be at their best.”
Sky Blue FC also returns several key members of the 2016 season including captain Christie Rampone, who played every minute of every match in 2016. Additional veterans who return to Sky Blue include goalkeeper Caroline Casey; defenders Kelley O’Hara, Erica Skroski and Erin Simon; midfielders Kelly Conheeney, Sarah Killion, Taylor Lytle, Domi Richardson, (2016 NWSL Rookie of the Year) Raquel Rodriguez and Nikki Stanton; and forwards Rachel Breton, Kim DeCesare, Leah Galton, Maya Hayes, Tasha Kai, Sam Kerr, Danielle Schulmann and Catherine Zimmerman.
Also invited into camp are goalkeepers Tori Corsaro and Kristyn Shea; defender Cassidy Benintente; midfielder Jackie Bruno; and forwards Erica Murphy and Alexis McTamney.
The team will play its regular season home opener when it hosts FC Kansas City on Sunday, April 30, at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, N.J. Kickoff for that match is slated for 6:00 p.m.
2017 SKY BLUE FC PRESEASON ROSTER
GOALKEEPERS: Caroline Casey (William and Mary), Tori Corsaro (Le Moyne), Kristyn Shea (Providence), Kailen Sheridan (Clemson, FP-CAN)
DEFENDERS: Cassidy Benintente (Rutgers), Kayla Mills (Southern California), Mandy Freeman (Southern California), Kelley O’Hara (Stanford, FP-USA), Erica Skroski (Rutgers), Christie Rampone (Monmouth), Erin Simon (Syracuse)
MIDFIELDERS: Catrina Atanda (Clemson), Jackie Bruno (Massachusetts), Kelly Conheeney (Virginia Tech), Daphne Corboz (Georgetown), Sarah Killion (UCLA), Taylor Lytle (Texas Tech), Domi Richardson (Missouri), Raquel Rodriguez (Penn State, INT’L-CRC), Nikki Stanton (Fairfield)
FORWARDS: Rachel Breton (Rutgers), Kim DeCesare (Duke), Leah Galton (Hofstra, INT’L-ENG), Maya Hayes (Penn State), Tasha Kai (Hawaii), Sam Kerr (INT’L-AUS), Alexis McTamney (Monmouth), McKenzie Meehan (Boston College), Erica Murphy (Rutgers), Danielle Schulmann (Connecticut), Madison Tiernan (Rutgers), Catherine Zimmerman (Providence)