Sky Blue’s Rodriguez Named NWSL Top Rookie

Raquel Rodriguez, NWSL, Sky Blue FC
Raquel Rodriguez was named the NWSL's top rookie. Robyn McNeil, ISI Photos

A year ago, Raquel Rodriguez was in the midst of leading Penn State to a national championship and earning the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top female college soccer player.

This year, Rodriguez has been voted National Women’s Soccer League Rookie of the Year. The No. 2 selection in January’s NWSL College Draft, she made 18 appearances and 17 starts registering 22 shots, 1 goal and 1 assist. Rodriguez also grew into her role internationally with Costa Rica with six goals during the 2016 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying tournament.

“We are absolutely delighted for Rocky in being voted as the NWSL Rookie of the Year,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “This award is great recognition for all of the hard work she has put forth over the past season. Not only is she a fantastic asset to our organization on the field, she is also a brilliant representative for Sky Blue FC off the field as well. She is a key component in a very strong core of players who will continue bringing this organization forward.”

Rodriguez is the first Sky Blue FC player to receive recognition as the NWSL Rookie of the Year. The NWSL awards are voted on by club officials, players and media who cover the league on consistent basis.