Sky Blue Sign Three Including First Round Pick James

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Julie James. Image via Sky Blue FC.

As Sky Blue FC begins preparations for the coming season, the team has made three additions to its roster.

The NWSL side has signed Julie James, the 11th overall selection in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. In addition, the team also signed defender Caprice Dydasco and goalkeeper Didi Haracic to contracts. Per team and league policies, terms of the contract were not announced.

James, 22, tallied 20 goals and 13 assists in 88 appearances while at Baylor.

In her senior year, she was named as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy Award. James is also the first student-athlete in program history to earn United Soccer Coaches All-America first team honors. She is also the first student-athlete from Baylor to be drafted into the NWSL.

“I am honored to have been drafted by Sky Blue FC,” said James. “Many people have helped me get here — my parents; my fiancé, Connor; the Baylor staff and community and Coach Rodney Doyle and the Full Armour program. I am excited to get to work with this team and to see what the future holds for this program.”

The two-time captain logged more minutes (7809) than any other player in school history and finished in the top 10 all-time for career goals scored and points totaled.

“Julie prides herself on her willingness to prepare and on her strong mentality which I believe will give her a huge advantage coming into the league,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue’s head coach. “Her consistency and dominant aerial game will be a great contribution to our squad.”

James has also played with the U-23 U.S. WNT on three separate occasions.

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Caprice Dydasco (left) and Didi Haracic. Image via Sky Blue FC.

Dydasco and Haracic joined Sky Blue through a trade on January 10 along with defender Estelle Johnson from the Washington Spirit in exchange for third-overall and the 29th pick in this year’s 2019 NWSL College Draft.

Dydasco, 25, was drafted by the Spirit No. 19 overall in the 2015 NWSL College Draft. During her four seasons in Washington, she made 58 appearances.

Haracic, 26, appeared in seven matches in two seasons with the Spirit. In addition, she earned herself the Save of the Week award during week 22 of 2017.

Sky Blue will begin its seventh season with preseason camp starting on March 4 and the first official match on April 13. Season Ticket Memberships are available now and single-game tickets go on sale Monday, March 4.