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THORNS FC ACQUIRE RIGHTS TO FORWARD CAITLIN FOORD

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January 12, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Portland Thorns FC

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2020 NWSL DRAFT PICK FROM SEATTLE REIGN FC IN EXCHANGE FOR MIDFIELDER ALLIE LONG

PORTLAND, Ore. – Portland Thorns FC today announced that the club has acquired the rights to Australian forward Caitlin Foord and a 2020 conditional natural second-round draft pick from Seattle Reign FC in exchange for midfielder Allie Long.

“We are very appreciative of Allie’s contributions to the club over the past five seasons,” said Thorns FC general manager and president of soccer Gavin Wilkinson. “She accomplished a great deal during her time in Portland, winning two NWSL Championships and achieving her goal of making it to the national team, and we wish her all the best.”

Foord, 23, played three seasons with Sky Blue FC (2013-15), tallying three assists in 46 appearances for the club and earning NWSL Second XI recognition in 2013. The Australian international began her professional career in 2009 in the W-League, featuring for both Sydney FC (2010-14, 2017-18) and Perth Glory (2014-16). Foord recently rejoined Sydney FC during the 2017-18 W-League campaign after a season in Japan. With Sydney FC, Foord has made 59 appearances, recording 14 goals and helping the Sky Blues win a W-League Premiership (2010-11) and W-League Championship (2012-13).

“Caitlin is one of the most explosive and exciting players in the world,” said Thorns FC head coach Mark Parsons. “She has the ability to create and finish in various ways. Her enthusiasm and tireless work rate on both sides of the ball will bring a new dimension to our team.”

As a member of the Australia Women’s National Team, Foord has earned 57 caps, tallying 10 goals. She has appeared in two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2011, 2015) as well as the 2016 Rio Olympics and was named Asian Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2016. In addition, Foord became the youngest Australian player to ever play in a World Cup match, featuring at the age of 16 at the 2011 FIFA World Cup in Germany. She was named Best Young Player of the tournament along with Asian Women’s Young Footballer of the Year and Football Federation Australia U20 Women’s Footballer of the Year in 2011.

Long, 30, appeared in 100 matches with Thorns FC during her career, tallying 30 goals and 13 assists after signing with Portland ahead of the club’s inaugural NWSL season in 2013. In five seasons, Long made six postseason appearances, registering the game-winning goal in the semifinal round of the 2013 NWSL playoffs, while helping Thorns FC win two NWSL Championships (2013, 2017) and an NWSL Shield (2016). Additionally, Long was a NWSL Best XI selection in 2015 and 2016 and was named to the NWSL Second XI in 2014.

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NWSL Provides Updated Preliminary List of Eligible Players for the 2018 College Draft

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January 12, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) released today an updated preliminary list of more than 160 players eligible for selection in the 2018 NWSL College Draft, which will take place on Thursday, Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. ET at the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

For the preliminary list of eligible players, visit http://nwsl.us/2FrZt3T.

Registration for the 2018 NWSL College Draft will close on Wednesday, Jan. 17.

The latest order for the 2018 College Draft can be found here. You can also find the selections from the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 drafts on NWSLsoccer.com.

The United Soccer Coaches Convention will take place Jan. 17-21, 2018 in Philadelphia – bringing thousands of coaches, administrators and other soccer enthusiasts together in one place.

For a complete schedule of events and more information about the convention, please visit the official website at unitedsoccercoachesconvention.org.

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NWSL to Live Stream the 2018 College Draft Via Facebook, YouTube, NWSLsoccer.Com and NWSL App

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January 11, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) will live stream the 2018 NWSL College Draft via Facebook, YouTube, NWSLsoccer.com and NWSL app beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Thursday, Jan. 18 from the United Soccer Coaches Convention in Philadelphia.

Fans can watch the draft live by visiting: Facebook.com/NWSL, YouTube.com/NWSL and NWSLsoccer.com/CollegeDraft.

Host Marisa Pilla, analyst Aly Wagner, analyst Jen Cooper and reporter Jordan Angeli will call the College Draft live from the Pennsylvania Convention Center, providing fans will the latest news, information and insight on each selection. They will also be joined on the live stream by the draft picks, NWSL head coaches and NWSL general managers as well as several special guests.

Marisa Pilla is a sports reporter working in her hometown of Philadelphia. For the last two seasons, she has covered the Philadelphia Union as the sideline reporter and the host of the pregame and halftime shows. Her work has been seen on NBCS Philadelphia, NBCS Washington and recently covered the Big East men’s soccer championship on FS2. In addition to soccer, Marisa has covered the NFL, NBA, college basketball, and college football for multiple outlets.

Aly Wagner is an analyst for Lifetime’s NWSL Game of the Week and FOX Sports as well as a former U.S. Women’s National Team player who won two Olympic gold medals and represented the U.S. at a pair of FIFA Women’s World Cups. Wagner, the No. 1 overall pick at the 2003 Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) Draft, was also a member of the 2001 NCAA Division I national champion Santa Clara Broncos and was named the 2002 Missouri Athletic Club’s Hermann Trophy winner as the country’s top women’s college player.

Jen Cooper is the host of The Mixxed Zone, a weekly women’s soccer podcast hosted by Whatahowler.com, and has served as the color commentator for Houston Dash home broadcasts. She is also the editorial director for the NWSL ‘Game of the Week’ on Lifetime and previously served as an analyst for the 2016 and 2017 NWSL Drafts.

Jordan Angeli is a former NWSL player who spent two seasons in the league and also represented the United States at the U-20 Women’s World Cup. She has now been working in broadcasting for six years including calling NWSL, Colorado Rapids in MLS, USL games along with PAC-12, SEC, WAC and ACC games. She is the founder of THE ACL CLUB, helping athletes through the mental and emotional side of ACL recovery, and hosts the weekly podcast ‘Show Your Scars’ in which she interviews athletes about injury recovery.

The draft will be held in the CC Grand Ballroom at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and will be open to the public and media.

The latest order for the 2018 College Draft can be found here. You can also find the selections from the 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 drafts on NWSLsoccer.com.

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2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Feb. 10 in Orlando, Fla.

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January 11, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO (Jan. 11, 2018) – Former Media Relations professional Jim Trecker was named the recipient of the 2017 Colin Jose Media Award by the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Trecker will be honored at the 2017 National Soccer Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Orlando, Florida.

“This is a most unexpected and appreciated honor,” said Trecker. “Being chosen by members of the media community makes the recognition especially valued. I have been fortunate to be involved in the game for a long time and privileged to be a behind-the-scenes part of soccer’s growth over the past half century.”

With a career spanning more than four decades, Trecker has been part of the media relations landscape in the United States since the late 1960’s. After a short stint with the New York Jets, Trecker witnessed the arrival of Pelé to the New York Cosmos and managed the relationships between the international superstar and the American media.

It was Trecker, along with then FIFA Media Chief Guido Tognoni, who developed the idea of a “mixed zone” for the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where players and journalists interact after matches. During the tournament, he led a group of media relations professionals that would go on to assume major roles in Major League Soccer, which launched two years after the tournament. His final official role with FIFA was for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan.

“From the New York Skyliners to Pelé to World Cups, the game has been a joyous and very meaningful part of my life filled with wonderful memories and great friends,” said Trecker.

Since his retirement, Trecker has remained active in soccer as a consultant on many projects, including the reopening of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Trecker is the 10th recipient of the award, joining Paul Kennedy (2016), George Vecsey (2013), Grahame Jones (2012), Paul Gardner (2010), Seamus Malin (2005) and his brother, Jerry Trecker (2004) as honorees.

The Colin Jose Media Award was created to honor the contributions of members of the print and electronic media, including reporters, columnists, authors, broadcasters, editors, public/media relations professionals and others who specialize in communications with respect to soccer in the United States. The award is named for Colin Jose, Historian Emeritus of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the preeminent soccer historian of North America.

2017 – Jim Trecker, Media Relations

2016 – Paul Kennedy, Soccer America Print Media

2013 – George Vecsey, New York Times Print Media

2012 – Grahame Jones, Los Angeles Times Print Media

2010 – Paul Gardner, Soccer America Print Media

2009 – Alex Yannis, New York Times Print Media

2008 – Ike Kuhns, Newark Star-Ledger Print Media

2007 – George Tiedemann, Sports Illustrated/Freelance Photography

2005 – Seamus Malin, ESPN and other television broadcasters

2004 – Jerry Trecker, Hartford Courant Print Media

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Injury Forces Dom Dwyer to Withdraw from MNT January Camp

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January 11, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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Orlando City SC Forward Will Not Be Replaced on MNT Roster

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s January Camp roster was reduced to 29 players on Wednesday as forward Dom Dwyer was forced to withdraw due to a right hamstring strain.

No replacement will be named for Dwyer as the MNT enters January Camp with Juan Agudelo, Jordan Morris, Christian Ramirez, Rubio Rubin and CJ Sapong as forward options.

The USA will open the 2018 campaign with a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28 at the StubHub Center in Carson TICKETS.

Kickoff is set for 9:30 p.m. ET, and the match will be broadcast live on FS1, UniMas and UDN.

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REMINDER: Press Credential Application

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January 10, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO (Jan. 10, 2018) – The process to apply for press credentials for the upcoming U.S. Men’s National Team’s match against Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently open via the U.S. Soccer press credential application system.

Deadline to apply for the match is Friday, Jan. 12. Applicants are reminded of the following:

Late applications will not be accepted All media members who submit press or photo applications must be on assignment for a media outlet Applications missing editor information will not be considered

U.S. Soccer credentials are required for the match and the deadline will be strictly enforced. Local venue credentials will not be valid. Media can access the online application via the following link: http://www.ussoccer.com/about/us-soccer-media-services/credentials

U.S. Soccer Accreditation Schedule:

Date Match Time Venue Deadline

Jan. 28 MNT vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina 6:30 p.m. PT StubHub Center; Carson, Calif. Jan. 12

Feb. 10 2018 U.S. Soccer Annual General Meeting

Orlando, Fla. Jan. 12

The U.S. Men’s National Team will open its 2018 schedule against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The match will take place on Sunday, Jan. 28 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will kickoff at 6:30 p.m. PT on FS1, UniMás and Univision Deportes Network.

StubHub Center has been a frequent host for MNT matches at the end of the annual January camp, with the test against Bosnia and Herzegovina marking the 12th time these games have been played in Carson since 2004. Acting U.S. Men’s National Team head coach Dave Sarachan has called 30 players for the USA’s annual January Camp.

Overall, the U.S. holds an 11-2-2 record at the venue, including eight shutouts. Numerous players have received their first caps in past outings there, with the likes of Kellyn Acosta, Alejandro Bedoya, Kyle Beckerman, Chris Wondolowski, and DeAndre Yedlin all earning their debut at this stadium.

The teams have met once since the Football Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina was formed in 1992. A hat trick by Jozy Altidore and the debut appearances of John Brooks and Bobby Wood highlighted the USA’s 4-3 victory on Aug. 14, 2013, in Sarajevo.

For more information on accreditation or January Camp media availability, contact Ilyanna Gutierrez at igutierrez@ussoccer.org.

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Klimkova Names Roster for CONCACAF U-20

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January 10, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)

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CHICAGO (Jan. 10, 2018) – U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team head coach Jitka Klimkova has named the 20-player roster for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship to be held Jan. 18-28 in Trinidad & Tobago.

The roster is made up of 16 collegiate players and four youth club players, all of whom play for U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy teams. Players born on or after Jan. 1, 1998 are eligible for the 2018 U-20 Women’s World Cup, and Klimkova has named players from three birth years: six born in 1998, 11 born in 1999 and three born in 2000. The roster’s youngest player is 17-year-old Real Colorado forward Sophia Smith, who was recently named 2017 U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.

READ: Q&A with U.S. U-20 WNT head coach Jitka Klimkova

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Roster (College or Club; Hometown; Caps/Goals):

GOALKEEPERS (2): Laurel Ivory (Virginia; Surfside, Fla.; 5/0), Amanda McGlynn (Virginia Tech; Jacksonville, Fla.; 2/0)

DEFENDERS (7): Tierna Davidson (Stanford; Menlo Park, Calif.; 6/0), Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC; 6/0; San Jose, Calif.), Tara McKeown (USC; Mission Viejo, Calif.; 11/0), Zoe Morse (Virginia; East Lansing, Mich.; 9/0), Kiara Pickett (Stanford; Santa Barbara, Calif.; 2/0), Isabel Rodriguez (Ohio State; Canton, Mich.; 8/0), Karina Rodriguez (UCLA; Torrance, Calif.; 3/0)

MIDFIELDERS (5): Samantha Coffey (Boston College; Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; 7/1), Savannah DeMelo (USC; Bellflower, Calif.; 23/4), Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 12/0), Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat; Durham, N.C.; 9/0), Viviana Villacorta (UCLA; Lawndale, Calif.; 10/1)

FORWARDS (6): Abigail Kim (California; Vashon, Wash.; 11/3), Civana Kuhlmann (Stanford; Littleton, Colo.; 12/8), Ashley Sanchez (UCLA; Monrovia, Calif.; 20/6), Sophia Smith (Real Colorado; Windsor, Colo.; 11/8), Taryn Torres (Virginia; Frisco, Texas; 3/1), Kelsey Turnbow (Santa Clara; Scottsdale, Ariz.; 8/2)

“This was not an easy process,” Klimkova said. “To look over the entire year, then boil it down to the 30 players in the New Year’s camp and then pick the final roster was difficult, and that’s a credit to the players. The most recent camp was so competitive. The players left everything on the field and they were really battling for roster spots.”

Klimkova named three players who were not a part of the roster for the 2017 Nike Women’s International Friendlies last month: defenders Tierna Davidson and Kiara Pickett of Stanford and forward Ashley Sanchez of UCLA. At the time of the Friendlies, the trio was coming off of playing in the NCAA College Cup Final. Thirteen players on the roster have previous CONCACAF World Cup qualifying experience and 11 have played for the USA in a FIFA Women’s World Cup at the youth level.

The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship features eight nations divided into two groups of four teams. The top two finishers in each group will qualify for the semifinals, with the winners of those games along with the winner of the third-place match earning berths to the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.

All 16 matches of the tournament will take place across eight matchdays at Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Trinidad. The United States will open the tournament on Jan. 19 against Nicaragua, face Jamaica on Jan. 21 and finish group play against Mexico on Jan. 23.

“It’s a real positive that so many players have experience in qualifiers,” said Klimkova. “That can help us a lot. They know what to expect, they know how difficult it is to travel to these CONCACAF countries and they know how challenging all these games will be. We know that CONCACAF teams are improving every year, we know that every game, every goal we score, every goal we allow and every yellow card we get will be important. These players are experienced in being prepared for every situation and that can help us qualify and win the tournament. Focusing on all those details will be really important.”

2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship Group B Schedule – USA

Date Match Kickoff (ET) Venue

Jan. 19 USA vs. Nicaragua 5:30 p.m. Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

Jan. 21 USA vs. Jamaica 6:30 p.m. Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

Jan. 23 USA vs. Mexico 3:00 p.m. Ato Boldon Stadium; Couva, Trinidad

Additional Notes:

Host T&T, Canada, Costa Rica and Haiti are in Group A. The USA has won four consecutive CONCACAF championships. This will be the first CONCACAF qualifying tournament for head coach Jitka Klimkova, who took over as head coach April 201, but she is no stranger to Youth World Cup tournaments or qualifying. She came to U.S. Soccer from the New Zealand Football Federation, where she served as head coach of the New Zealand U-17 Women’s National Team and as an assistant coach for the Ferns U-20 Women’s National Team over 2013 and 2014. She was also an assistant coach for the senior New Zealand Women’s National Team in 2014 and worked as the USA’s head scout at the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. Defenders Tierna Davidson and Kiara Pickett, midfielder Savannah DeMelo and forward Ashley Sanchez were all members of the U.S. team that won the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship to qualify for the 2016 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Papua New Guinea. Davidson played in all five games of the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship, starting four and picking up one goal and one assist. DeMelo started all five games, finishing with one goal and three assists. Pickett played in only the first match before suffering an injury that kept her out for the rest of the tournament. Sanchez, one of the youngest players on the squad, scored three goals and five assists, including the game-winner in the championship match for a 1-0 victory against Canada. DeMelo and Sanchez went on to play in the World Cup in Papua New Guinea. DeMelo played in three matches while Sanchez started all six, notching one goal (against New Zealand) and two assists. Sanchez also played in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan, where she captained the team and scored three goals. Her goal against New Zealand at the U-20 Women’s World Cup made her the only player in U.S. history to score in the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cup in the same cycle. The roster’s two goalkeepers – Laurel Ivory of Virginia and Amanda McGlynn of Virginia Tech – were both full-time starters during their college seasons, Ivory as a freshman and McGlynn as a sophomore. Of the 16 college players on the roster, 12 completed their freshman seasons last fall while four -Davidson, forward Abigail Kim, McGlynn and defender Zoe Morse — were sophomores. Davidson was named to the full U.S. Women’s National Team’s January Camp roster and will train in Los Angeles with the senior side prior to the tournament. The youth club players – defender Naomi Girma (California Thorns FC), midfielder Jaelin Howell (Real Colorado), midfielder Brianna Pinto (NTH Tophat) and forward Sophia Smith (Real Colorado) – are all high school seniors. Eleven players on the roster participated in the 2016 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. The Americans took home the title, outscoring their opponents 18-2 and defeating Mexico 2-1 in the championship game on goals from Sanchez and Civana Kuhlmann. Those eleven players are: Ivory, Girma, Pickett, defender Isabel Rodriguez, defender Karina Rodriguez, Howell, Pinto, Kuhlmann, Sanchez, Smith and forward Taryn Torres. Sanchez scored five goals in the U-17 qualifying tournament and Kuhlmann put four in the net. Ten of the 11 players who played in U-17 WWC qualifying (minus Taryn Torres) went on to play in the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. Morse and Kuhlmann were part of the U.S. U-17 team that fell in penalty kicks to Mexico in the Semifinals of the 2013 CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Championship. The USA failed to qualify despite outscoring its opponents 26-1 in the tournament. Every player on the roster has been capped at the U-20 level, led by DeMelo (23) and Sanchez (20). Forwards Smith and Kuhlmann have the most international goals with eight each, followed by Sanchez with six. Six other players have scored in U-20 international matches. The three players born in 2000 – Girma, Pinto and Smith — are age-eligible for the 2020 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The 20 players on the roster come from 15 different youth clubs in nine different states. There are eight players from California – two from Northern and six from Southern – as well as three players from Colorado, two from Michigan and two from Florida. Players from 10 colleges are represented on the roster, including three players each from NCAA Champion Stanford and NCAA runner-up UCLA. Three players come from the University of Virginia and two from USC. Klimkova also chose four alternates to travel with the team to Trinidad & Tobago for training purposes, but the quartet will depart before the tournament, barring any injuries. Those alternates are goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn (Duke), defender Samantha Hiatt (Stanford), midfielder Olivia Athens (UCLA) and forward Jordan Brewster (Internationals SC).

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Forward Leah Galton Signs with FC Bayern Munich

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January 8, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Sky Blue FC

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Tinton Falls, N.J. – After spending the past two seasons with Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), forward Leah Galton has officially signed with FC Bayern Munich Women of the Frauen-Bundesliga for the upcoming year of play.

“Sky Blue FC has been not only my team, but also my family for the past two seasons. The decision to leave was by far the hardest I have had to make in my career to date,” said Galton. “Thank you to the Sky Blue FC players, coaches, staff and fans who welcomed me into the team fresh out of college and helped me grow over the past two seasons. I will always be very grateful. I wish the girls all the best this season and look forward to watching Sky Blue FC challenge for the playoffs. Beez up!”

Sky Blue FC originally drafted Galton out of Hofstra University with the no. 13 overall selection in the 2016 NWSL College Draft. In her rookie season later that year, the Harrogate, England, native made 10 starts over 14 appearances, registering three goals and four assists. During her follow-up 2017 campaign, she was sidelined with an injury for a portion of the season but still managed to record two goals and an assist over 16 matches (six starts).

“First and foremost, we want to thank Leah for everything she has done for our club over the past two seasons,” said Tony Novo, Sky Blue FC President & General Manager. “We will truly miss Leah, both on and off the field. On behalf of everyone here at Sky Blue FC, we want to wish her all the best in Germany, and we will definitely be her biggest fans from afar.”

Sky Blue FC recently announced that the team will be holding its 2018 open tryouts on February 14-15 at Sportika Sports in Manalapan, N.J. The registration process for the tryouts is now open, and interested players can sign up today online.

ABOUT SKY BLUE FC:

Operated by Sky Blue Women’s Soccer Inc., Sky Blue FC is the New Jersey franchise in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). Led on the pitch by head coach Denise Reddy, the team is now preparing for its ninth season as a professional franchise. Sky Blue FC captured the inaugural Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Championship in 2009 with an inspirational run through the league playoffs, and it boasts some of the top players from around the world.

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Morgan Brian Departs for Olympique Lyonnaise

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January 7, 2018 – National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL)Chicago Red Stars

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CHICAGO – The Chicago Red Stars and U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Morgan Brian has signed a deal to play for French side Olympique Lyonnaise for the 2018 season. Chicago will retain the rights to Brian in the NWSL.

“We knew when we traded for Morgan that she had a strong desire to go overseas and play for Lyon,” said head coach Rory Dames. “We wish her the best of luck with Lyon, and will always welcome her back as we retain her rights. Our goal stays the same ahead of the 2018 season and we look forward to moving forward in a positive direction.”

Brian joined Chicago in August of this year, earning 85 minutes of action in two games for the Red Stars.

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