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Tinton Falls, N.J. (Jan. 30, 2018) – The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) held a Dispersal Draft of former Boston Breakers players on Tuesday, with Sky Blue FC making three overall selections. The team took forward Savannah McCaskill at no. 2 overall, Canada international Adriana Leon at no. 18 overall and defender Amanda Frisbie at no. 19 overall.
“We are really excited about adding these three players to our roster,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue FC head coach. “McCaskill is a dynamic player and difference-maker, both on and off the ball. She is able to create as well as score goals, and she is an up-and-coming player on the international scene. Leon is a Canadian international who is a powerful forward and capable of playing various positions. She is coming off a great year in Boston, and we look to build upon that momentum this year with Sky Blue FC. Frisbie is a solid defender with superb technical ability, and we are very excited to have her joining our club. She is a tactically sound player who will certainly strengthen our backline.”
McCaskill, 21, was taken by Boston with the no. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NWSL College Draft after a storied career at the University of South Carolina. She finished college as the only player in program history to receive All-America accolades on three occasions, and the two-time SEC Offensive Player of the Year ranks third at South Carolina with 114 points and 40 goals. Further, her 34 assists are the second-highest mark in school history, while her 17 game-winners are a program-best. She set another record during her junior campaign by scoring 17 goals, which is the highest number at the school in a single season.
South Carolina made it to the NCAA Tournament in each of the four years that McCaskill attended the university, reaching the NCAA Women’s College Cup for the first time ever this past fall. The 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and U.S. Soccer Young Female Player of the Year nominee has also made her mark with the U.S. Women’s National Team, recording her first cap this past Sunday against Denmark.
Leon, 25, arrives at Sky Blue FC after having her best NWSL campaign in 2017, where she finished second on the Breakers with six goals and recorded a team-best six assists. The Ontario native began her NWSL career in 2013 with Boston, but she spent most of her first three seasons with the Chicago Red Stars. She then made the move to the Western New York Flash ahead of the 2016 campaign before joining FC Zürich Frauen of the Swiss Nationalliga A in August of that year.
After three years with the Canada U-20 Women’s National Team, Leon made her senior debut in 2012. She represented Canada at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup that was played in her native country, and she has registered eight goals in 44 international appearances.
Frisbie, 25, was originally selected by Seattle Reign FC in the 2014 NWSL College Draft but missed her rookie season due to injury. She made her NWSL debut the following year for the Western New York Flash, making the move to FC Kansas City in 2015. She spent 2016 with Stjarnan Women of the Úrvalsdeild kvenna league in Iceland and then returned to the NWSL this past season to suit-up for the Breakers. She made nine starts over 12 appearances for Boston, tallying one assist. Frisbie most recently played for Perth Glory during the 2017-18 W-League campaign in Australia, but she will be returning stateside ahead of the 2018 NWSL preseason.
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.
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