Howell, N.J. (February 7, 2020) – Sky Blue FC forward Jen Hoy has announced her retirement from professional soccer. Hoy, 29, played seven seasons in the National Women’s Soccer League and finishes her career with 17 goals, 11 assists, and 107 appearances.
A Pennsylvania native, Hoy was selected by the Chicago Red Stars in the fourth-round of the 2013 NWSL College Draft. At the Red Stars, Hoy accumulated 15 goals, 10 assists, and 76 regular season appearances in five seasons. She earned NWSL Player of the Week honors as a rookie and made two post-season appearances in the 2015 and 2017 semifinal games.
In 2018, Sky Blue acquired Hoy as part of a three-team trade. She played 31 games, scored two goals, and notched one assist for Sky Blue, including a stoppage time winner against the Utah Royals in the 2019 season.
“Between my time with the Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue, I was lucky to be with Jen for most of her professional career,” said General Manager Alyse LaHue. “Her story is so inspirational, and her fan-friendly and caring personality made her a fantastic advocate for our league. She went from being a fourth-round draft pick to one of the few players to reach 100 caps in the NWSL. It’s been amazing to watch her on and off the field as she’s grown her personal health consulting business. We can’t wait to see what else is ahead for her.”
As a certified integrative nutrition health coach, Hoy will continue to focus on her business Thrive, where she helps her clients prioritize their health and wellness through creating a balanced lifestyle, both on and off the plate.
Full Statement from Jen Hoy on Retirement
“When I entered my name into the 2013 NWSL draft I never thought I would be here today, seven seasons later,” said Hoy. “Thank you to my family and closest friends who have unconditionally supported me from day one. Thank you to Deep Run, Germantown Academy, the FC Bucks Vipers, the Chicago Red Stars, the New Castle Jets and Sky Blue FC. Thank you to my coaches and teammates at Princeton. Thank you to all my teammates, past and present, and to all the fans who have been a part of this wild, rewarding and unforgettable journey. And thank you soccer! You’ve brought me more than I could have ever asked for, lifelong friendships and family across the U.S. and around the globe. I met the love of my life while playing abroad in Australia. I discovered my life purpose and passion for holistic health and nutrition, which has turned into my post-playing career. I’m honestly so grateful and I wish every player in the NWSL, present and future, the best of luck for the 2020 season and beyond. You are all the strongest women and best role models I know, and I’m proud to have shared the field with you.”