Baltimore, MD. (Jan. 16, 2020) – Sky Blue FC have selected four players in the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft. The picks are as follows: No. 5 Evelyne Viens, No. 11 Kaleigh Riehl, No. 20 Amanda McGlynn, and No. 29 Chantelle Swaby.
Additionally, Sky Blue FC acquired forward Mallory Pugh from the Washington Spirit in exchange for the 4th, 13th, and 17th overall selections in the 2020 NWSL College Draft as well as a 1st round 2021 Draft Pick.
Viens, 22, scored 73 goals and recorded 23 assists in 77 appearances while at the University of South Florida.
During Viens’s senior year as a Bull, she earned various honors including the American Co-Offensive Player of the Year, All-Conference First Team for the fourth straight year, and ACC Tournament’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player of the Year. As USF’s record holder for career goals, the forward broke program records such as career hat tricks (4), single-season goals (25), single-season game-winning goals (10), single-season points (53), and single-season shots (113). Viens was also named to the MAC Hermann Watch List for the second straight season.
Riehl, 23, tallied two goals and three assists in 76 appearances as a defender for Penn State. In 2019, Riehl was named to the United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American and First Team Scholar All-American.
Riehl played all 25 games at center back, anchoring the back line for the Nittany Lions. She is the NCAA all-time leader in minutes played by a position player (8,847) and ranks third all-time with 101 starts in program history.
McGlynn, 21, was a standout goalkeeper during her time with Virginia Tech. As a Hokie, she finished her collegiate career with 75 starts, making 297 saves in 7,009 minutes ending with a 41-23-11 record.
McGlynn was named as a 2019 United Soccer Coaches Second Team All-American and First Team Scholar All-American her senior year. She finished her Tech career first all-time in shutouts (32) and goals-against average (0.99), as well as second in wins (41), save percentage (.794), and goalkeeper minutes (7,014).
McGlynn has been a member of the United States U-18 and U-20 Women’s National Teams, helping the U.S. qualify for the 2018 U-20 FIFA Women’s World Cup and starting in the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship. Most recently, she participated in the U.S. U-23 WNT camp that went to the 2019 Thorns Spring Invitational.
In 2019, Swaby, 21, completed her career at Rutgers University and started three games for Jamaica at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the nation’s first appearance at the Tournament.
The defender played in 69 games for the Scarlet Knights, earning 2019 All-Big Ten Third Team, 2018 All-Big Ten Third Team, 2017 All-Region First Team, 2017 All-Big Ten Second Team, and 2016 Big Ten All-Tournament Team.
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