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The Equalizer Podcast Special: GM Alyse LaHue on Sky Blue’s makeover

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Sky Blue FC has undergone an immense makeover on and off the field. A year after their top two National Women’s Soccer League draft picks declined to play for them, they were the talk of the league on 2020 draft day, acquiring United States international Mallory Pugh via trade. Off the field, Sky Blue’s move to Red Bull Arena fully ushers in a new, more professional era for the team. General manager Alyse LaHue has been at the forefront of this overhaul. She joined EQZ founder Jeff Kassouf on Podcast Row in Baltimore to discuss the club’s transformation.

We talk a lot about allocation money in the middle of this episode. Here’s more information on the initial announcement of allocation money, with further details that EQZ reported coming out of the draft in Baltimore. The NWSL will now start sharing the amount of allocation money involved in trades; Sky Blue netted $80,000 from the Chicago Red Stars in related draft-day trades.

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