Sky Blue FC has signed defender Chantelle Swaby to a short-term contract ahead of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. Per team and league policies, further details were not disclosed.
“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity and I am excited to be part of the team,” said Swaby. “It has been great getting to know the other girls and I can’t wait to represent Sky Blue. I want to thank the coaches for believing in me and I’m looking forward to being out on the pitch in Utah for the NWSL Challenge Cup.”
Swaby, 21, played four years at Rutgers University, earning one All-Big Ten Second Team, and two All-Big Ten Third Team honors. In her last year at Rutgers, she helped lead the squad to six shutouts in league games in 13 starts while notching two assists.
“We are thrilled to sign Chantelle for the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “After being drafted in January, she has been competing every day at practice, demonstrating her ability to play at the professional level. She has elite tournament experience from representing Jamaica at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France and shows a good level of maturity and experience for such a young player.”
In 2018, Swaby made her Jamaican Women’s National Team debut playing in three matches to help the squad qualify for their first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup appearance. Swaby went on to start all three games for Jamaica at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France.
“We’ve watched Chantelle’s evolution since the first day of preseason back in March,” said General Manager Alyse LaHue. “She has absolutely earned this opportunity and we’re thrilled to welcome her as an official member of the roster heading into the NWSL Challenge Cup.”
The tournament begins on June 27, with Sky Blue’s first game set for June 30 against OL Reign. All preliminary-round matches will be streamed on CBS All Access, and fans outside of the U.S. and Canada will be able to watch on Twitch.
College: Rutgers University
Hometown: West Hartford, Conn.
DOB: 8/6/1998 (21)