Sky Blue FC
|Sky Blue FC|
|Surname||Sky Blue Football Club|
|Seat||Harrison , New Jersey|
|First soccer team|
|Head coach||Freya Coombe|
|Venue||Red Bull Arena|
|league||National Women's Soccer League|
Reg. Season : 8th place
Play-offs: not qualified
The Sky Blue FC is a women's football franchise from Piscataway , New Jersey in the greater New York . It was founded in 2007 and initially played in Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) until it was dissolved . Since 2013, the franchise has participated in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the highest division in women's soccer in the USA.
Sky Blue is part of the Sky Blue Soccer organization based in Somerset County, NJ . This organization offers the opportunity to play football from childhood.
Already in the WPS , an American women's soccer professional league, which existed from 2009 to 2011, a team called Sky Blue FC played.
On March 5, 2008, the well-known women's soccer coach Ian Sawyers was committed. The team name was announced in September and the three US internationals Heather O'Reilly , Natasha Kai and Christie Rampone were signed.
On April 5, 2009, the start of the newly founded Women's Professional Soccer for Sky Blue FC took place. Opponent was Los Angeles Sol, which were beaten 2-0. This game was played at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater Township, New Jersey , before the team played their games on Yurcak Field from the home game but one. After you could only achieve one win from the first six games, coach Ian Sawyers was replaced by Kelly Lindsey as an interim solution. After good performance by the team, Lindsey became head coach on June 19, 2009. During this time, Sky Blue was able to win five times and draw three times in 12 games. On July 30, 2009, she surprisingly resigned. Christie Rampone took on the role of player-coach. Sky Blue made it to 4th place under Rampone and to the final of the play-offs. In the final, the team met Los Angeles Sol and won 1-0. Thus the Sky Blue FC is the first title holder of the WPS.
On November 24th, 2012 the founding of a new women's soccer professional league was announced in the USA. It was also announced that a team from the New York area called Sky Blue FC will be participating. On December 15, 2012 it was announced that the new league would be called the National Women's Soccer League.
The Sky Blue FC started on April 14, 2013 with a home game against Western New York Flash in the first season of the NWSL. The team around coach Jim Gabarra secured a 1-0 victory. At the end of the regular season , the SBFC took fourth place and was thus qualified for the play-offs . There they failed in the semifinals to Western New York Flash .
The 2014 season ended the franchise in sixth place after the regular season, which narrowly missed entry into the play-offs. In the end, they were only one point behind fourth-placed Washington Spirit .
In the following year , the team could not reach the play-offs of the four best teams. The regular season was finished in 8th place, with only 5 wins in a total of 20 games.
In the 2016 season, Sky Blue FC occupied 7th place in the regular season. The entry into the play-offs was missed for the third time in a row. In 2017 , they did not make it into the play-offs either: the team reached sixth place in the table in the regular season.
The fall followed in 2018 : with just one win in 24 games, the team finished ninth and last in the table at the end of the regular season. The following year 2019 was initially not much more successful. After the team only reached two draws in the first eleven games, coach Denise Reddy was sacked. In the further course of the season, the team got five more wins, so that Sky Blue finished the regular season in ninth place.
- Yurcak Field ; Piscataway Township, New Jersey (2009-2019)
- Red Bull Arena ; Harrison, New Jersey (from 2020)
- Ian Sawyers (March – May 2009)
- Kelly Lindsey (May – July 2009)
- Christie Rampone (July – September 2009, player-coach)
- Pauliina Miettinen (September 2009 – July 2010)
- Rick Stainton (July – October 2010)
- Jim Gabarra (October 2010-2015)
- Christy Holly (2016-2017)
- David Hodgson (2017, interim)
- Denise Reddy (2018 – June 2019)
- Hugo Macedo (July – September 2019, interim)
- Freya Coombe (September 2019–, interim)
Women's Professional Soccer
- Winner (1): 2009
As of October 29, 2019
- Frey Coombe (trainer)
- Hugo Macedo (goalkeeping coach)
- Iouri Vichniakov (assistant coach)
- Marcia McDermott (Technical Advisor)
- Morgan Hofacker (fitness trainer)
|year||league||Regular season||Play-offs||Average audience 1||Most successful goalscorer 1|
|2010||WPS||5th place||not qualified|
|2011||WPS||5th place||not qualified|
|2012||No participation in gaming operations|
|2013||NWSL||4th Place||Semifinals||1,666||Mónica Ocampo (8)|
|2014||NWSL||6th place||not qualified||1,640||
Nadia Nadim , Kelley O'Hara (7 each)
|2015||NWSL||8th place||not qualified||2,169||
Samantha Kerr , Nadia Nadim (6 each)
|2016||NWSL||7th place||not qualified||2.162||Samantha Kerr (5)|
|2017||NWSL||6th place||not qualified||2,613||Samantha Kerr (17)|
|2018||NWSL||9th place||not qualified||2,531||
Imani Dorsey , Katie Johnson , Carli Lloyd (4 each)
|2019||NWSL||8th place||not qualified||3,338||Carli Lloyd (8)|
- WPS Allocation List . In: The Washington Post . Retrieved August 6, 2010.
- New women's football league founded in the USA - with Sky Blue FC
- league is called the National Women's Soccer League ( Memento from October 22, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
- http://www.womensprosoccer.com/ny/news/press_releases/090619-lindsey (link not available)
- http://www.womensprosoccer.com/ny/news/press_releases/090730-rampone-lindsey (link not available)
- http://www.womensprosoccer.com/ny/news/press_releases/090929-miettinenhire (link not available)
- http://www.womensprosoccer.com/ny/news/press_releases/100719-stainton-promotion (link not available)
- Sky Blue FC Hires Jim Gabarra, Retains Rick Stainton . In: Goal.com . October 7, 2010. Retrieved August 16, 2011.
- Denise Reddy Named Sky Blue FC Head Coach. In: skybluefc.com. November 15, 2017, accessed March 4, 2018 .
- Roster - Sky Blue FC. In: skybluefc.com. Retrieved October 29, 2019 .