Sky Blue FC finalizing roster as preseason looms

Dan Lauletta February 25, 2013 3

Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra has confirmed the club is finalizing a contract with Australian teenager Caitlin Foord. The 18-year old veteran of the 2011 World Cup broke the news herself via Twitter late last week.

“I think she’s a great talent and we were in need of a right back and she can also help up on the flank.,” Gabarra said. “I always liked what I saw. She’s a prototypical attacking wide defender.”

Foord was only 16 when she played for Australia at the 2011 World Cup. She started three of the team’s four matches and helped them out of the group stage. Australia lost to eventual third-place finisher Sweden in the quarterfinals.

“I liked what she did in the World Cup,” Gabarra added. “With some of the (speedy) forwards in the league she’s got the pace to run with them and defend them.”

Manya Makoski, signed in the first round of free agency, had been penciled in as the right back, but Gabarra hopes the addition of Foord will allow Makoski to play a more attacking role. It also gives Sky Blue depth in the back, an asset that may help set them aside from their rivals.

“I don’t think there are many teams that have much depth in the back.”

Gabarra said he is less worried about Foord’s age and more concerned, as he usually is with internationals, with how she settles into the States.

“She’s kind of been a professional for the last year or two,” Gabarra said. “The only concern is the same concern you have with every international player. It’s how quickly they will adjust to a little different culture and a little different lifestyle and a more physical and demanding league.”

Foord represents Sky Blue’s final international spot after the allocated Canadians and Mexicans plus fellow Australian Lisa De Vanna. The club will conduct open tryouts in early March just before training camp, but Gabarra is comfortable with the players he has acquired and does not anticipate any major moves before the season begins.

Gabarra added that he does not expect any of his final three supplemental draft picks to join the team. Meghan Lenczyk (4th round), Kandace Wilson (5th), and Allison Falk (6th) were all selected with the idea that if they change their mind, Sky Blue would be acquiring one of the steals of the draft. Gabarra said Lenczyk is the most likely of the three to play.

  • Steglitz49

    Yesterday we saw an illustration of how strong USA’s college ladies’ soccer is. Göteborg,Christen Press’ old club, who are in the QF of the ladies’ CL, played UCLA in Los Angeles. UCLA took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half but in the end the Swedish side won 2-1 with two late goals (which suggests a fitness edge).

    Incidentally, Swedish media described the Bruins as “Beckham’s old team”! Quite flattering that a top European team will go half-way across the globe to play practice games. Go, Bruins, go go go!

    Does anyone knows what other matches the visitors are playing?

  • Steglitz49

    This year’s La Manga U-23 Ladies’ Tournament in south-east Spain starts on Thursday the 28th February. The teams are USA, England, Norway and Sweden.
    – 28th Feb: Norway vs USA, & England vs Sweden; 2nd Mar: England vs Norway, & Sweden vs USA; 4th Mar: USA vs England, & Norway vs Sweden.

    The US squad is:
    – Goalkeepers: Jami Kranich – Villanova, and Abby Smith – Texas
    – Defenders: Natasha Anasi – Duke, Julie Johnston – Santa Clara, Kassey Kallman – Florida State, Camille Levin – Göteborg FC, Lindsi Lisonbee (Sky Blue FC; Provo, Utah), Toni Pressley – Ryazan VDV, Casey Short – Boston Breakers, Courtney Verloo – Stanford
    – Midfielders: Morgan Brian – Virginia, Zakiya Bywaters – Chicago Red Stars, Vanessa DiBernardo – Illinois, Sarah Killion – UCLA, Kristie Mewis – FC Kansas City, Samantha Mewis – UCLA
    – Forwards: Morgan Marlborough – Santa Clara, Tiffany McCarty – Washington Spirit, Stephanie Ochs – Washington Spirit, Havana Solaun – Florida.

    The U-19 ladies’ tournament follows and consists of 11 European teams and the USA! America’s young ladies obviously are in strong demand. It is good that the budget allows them to get this experience. Long may it last.

  • Steglitz49

    Lindsey Horan is 7th in the French goal scoring league with 11 goals to her credit. There are 4 foreign players among the top 10 scorers.

    1st Lotta Schelin, Lyon, 18 goals;

    2nd Camille Abily, Lyon, 17;
    3rd Hoda Lattaf, Montpellier, 15;
    4th Marie-Laure Délie, Montpellier, & Laetitia Tonazzi, Lyon, 13;

    6th Laura Bouillot, Yzeure, 12;
    7th Lindsey Horan, Paris Saint-Germain, 11;
    8th Kosovare Asllani, PSG, & Eugénie Le Sommer, Lyon, 10;
    10th Ami Otaki, Lyon, & Elodie Thomis, Lyon 9.