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Sky Blue’s midfield finally clicks in win over Dash

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Nahomi Kawasumi provided a goal to remember — one which looked nearly identical to her 2011 strike against Sweden in the World Cup semifinal — in Sky Blue FC’s 2-0 victory over the Houston Dash on Wednesday, and while Kawasumi was great in her wide forward role, it was Sky Blue’s midfield that dictated the result.

Jennifer Cudjoe, Sarah Woldmoe and McCall Zerboni combined for the best Sky Blue performance thus far at the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup, stifling a Houston team which had turned heads in its first two matches.

Cudjoe — whose story of waiting years for her shot at the top level after coming to the U.S. and playing junior-college soccer, then included earning a contract through open tryouts — started for the first time and played the through ball which drew out Houston goalkeeper Jane Campbell, who cleared the ball right to Kawasumi to set up the highlight-reel goal. Cudjoe had the freedom to be a playmaker in that midfield, and there was — for the first time in this tournament — a clear cohesion among Sky Blue’s middle three.

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