Sky Blue FC
2016 season
President & CEOThomas Hofstetter
Head coachChristy Holly
StadiumYurcak Field
NWSL7th
Top goalscorerSam Kerr (5)
Highest home attendance3,780
(Sept. 25 vs. Portland)[1]
Lowest home attendance1,252
(May 7 vs. Western New York)[2]
Average home league attendance2,162[3]
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The 2016 Sky Blue FC season was the team's seventh season. Sky Blue played the 2016 season in National Women's Soccer League, the top tier of women's soccer in the United States.[4]

Team

Roster

The first team roster of Sky Blue FC.[5]

Current squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
2 MF United States USA Shawna Gordon
3 DF United States USA Christie Rampone
5 DF United States USA Maya Hayes
6 MF United States USA Taylor Lytle
7 MF United States USA Nikki Stanton
8 MF United States USA Ashley Nick
10 MF United States USA Erica Skroski
11 MF Costa Rica CRC Raquel Rodriguez
12 MF United States USA Kim DeCesare
13 DF United States USA Kristin Grubka
15 DF United States USA CoCo Goodson
No. Pos. Nation Player
16 MF United States USA Sarah Killion
18 GK United States USA Caroline Stanley
19 DF United States USA Kelley O'Hara
20 FW Australia AUS Samantha Kerr
21 FW England ENG Leah Galton
22 DF United States USA Rachel Breton
24 MF United States USA Kelly Conheeney
27 GK United States USA Caroline Casey
32 FW United States USA Natasha Kai
33 FW United States USA Erin Simon
44 MF United States USA Theresa Diederich

Match results

Preseason

Sun Mar 20 preseason Sky Blue FC 1–0 St. John's Red Storm Scotch Plains, New Jersey
2:00pm ET Killion Goal 37' (pen.) [p 1] Stadium: Wexler Field
Sat Mar 26 preseason Sky Blue FC 2–0 North Carolina Tar Heels Lakewood Township, New Jersey
2:00pm ET Kai Goal 4'
DeCesare Goal 61'
[p 2] Stadium: Georgian Court University

Regular season

Sun Apr 17 1 Seattle Reign FC 1–2 Sky Blue FC Seattle, Washington
Merritt Mathias Goal 52' (Jessica Fishlock)
Hope Solo Yellow card 37'
Rachel Corsie Yellow card 81'
[m 1] Tasha Kai Goal 15' (Kelley O'Hara)
Kelly Conheeney Goal 67' (Taylor Lytle)
Stadium: Memorial Stadium
Attendance: 3,987
Referee: Karen Abt
Sun Apr 24 2 Sky Blue FC 1–2 Washington Spirit Piscataway, New Jersey
Maya Hayes Goal 66' (Taylor Lytle)
Kelley O'Hara Yellow card 74'
[m 2] Ali Krieger Goal 40' (Tori Huster)
Shelina Zadorsky Yellow card 46+'
Diana Matheson Goal 56' (Crystal Dunn)
Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 2,571
Fri Apr 29 3 Houston Dash 0–0 Sky Blue FC Houston
[m 3] Raquel Rodriguez Yellow card 32' Stadium: BBVA Compass Stadium
Attendance: 5,081
Referee: Reyna Fonseca
Sat May 7 4 Sky Blue FC 1–2 Western New York Flash Piscataway, New Jersey
Maya Hayes Goal 35' (Raquel Rodriguez)
Nikki Stanton Yellow card 41'
Caroline Stanley Yellow card 71'
[m 4] Abby Dahlkemper Yellow card 4'
Jaelene Hinkle Goal 71' (penalty)
Samantha Mewis Goal 86' (unassisted)
Kristen Hamilton Yellow card 90+3'
Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 1,252
Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva
Fri May 13 5 Sky Blue FC 1–0 Boston Breakers Piscataway, New Jersey
Own Goal (Kassey Kallman) Goal 41' [m 5] Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 1,275
Referee: Guido Gonzeles, Jr.
Sat May 21 6 Western New York Flash 5–2 Sky Blue FC Rochester, New York
[m 6] Stadium: Sahlen's Stadium
Attendance: 3,910
Referee: Farhad Dadkho
Sun May 29 7 Chicago Red Stars 1–1 Sky Blue FC Bridgeview, Illinois
Sofia Huerta Goal 34' (Jen Hoy) [m 7][m 8][m 9] Leah Galton Goal 69' (Taylor Lytle) Yellow card 57' Stadium: Toyota Park
Attendance: 2,502
Referee: Matthew Franz
Sat Jun 11 8 Sky Blue FC 1–1 FC Kansas City Piscataway, New Jersey
Sarah Killion Goal 30' (pen.) [m 10] Shea Groom Goal 27' (Erika Tymrak) Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 2,754
Referee: Karen Abt
Sun Jun 19 9 Sky Blue FC 0–0 Seattle Reign FC Piscataway, New Jersey
[m 11] Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 1,547
Referee: Margaret Domka
Sat Jun 25 10 Washington Spirit 1–2 Sky Blue FC Boyds, Maryland
Diana Matheson Goal 77' (Estefania Banini) [m 12] Raquel Rodriguez Goal 8' (Leah Galton)
Samantha Kerr Goal 64' (Leah Galton)
Stadium: Maryland SoccerPlex
Attendance: 3,448
Referee: Leszek Stalmach
Sat Jul 2 11 Portland Thorns FC 2–1 Sky Blue FC Portland, Oregon
Dagny Brynjarsdottir Goal 38'
Nadia Nadim Goal 62' (pen)
[m 13] Tasha Kai Goal 30' Stadium: Providence Park
Attendance: 14,287
Referee: Reyna Fonseca
Sat Jul 9 12 Sky Blue FC 1–0 Houston Dash Piscataway, New Jersey
Taylor Lytle Goal 54' [m 14] Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 1,732
Referee: Cuauhtemoc Delgadillo
Sun Jul 17 13 Boston Breakers 2–3 Sky Blue FC Boston, Massachusetts
Angela Salem Goal 3'
Julie King Goal 85'
[m 15] Sarah Killion Goal 28' (pen)
Leah Galton Goal 37'
Erica Skroski Goal 74'
Stadium: Jordan Field
Attendance: 3,314
Referee: Matthew Franz
Sat Jul 23 14 Sky Blue FC 1–0 Washington Spirit Piscataway, New Jersey
Leah Galton Goal 24' [m 16] Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 1,552
Referee: Matthew Kreitzer
Sat Jul 30 15 Washington Spirit 3–1 Sky Blue FC Boyds, Maryland
[m 17] Stadium: Maryland SoccerPlex
Attendance: 2,930
Referee: Victor Rivas
Sat Aug 27 16 Sky Blue FC 1–3 Chicago Red Stars Piscataway, New Jersey
Samantha Kerr Goal 92+' (Leah Galton) [m 18][m 19] Stephanie McCaffrey Goal 31' (unassisted)
Christen Press Goal 73' (Vanessa DiBernardo)
Sofia Huerta Goal 80' (Arin Gilliland)
Alyssa Mautz Yellow card 92+'
Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 3,108
Referee: Danielle Brzezinski-Chesky
Sun Sep 4 17 FC Kansas City 2–1 Sky Blue FC Kansas City, Missouri
Tiffany McCarty Goal 46+' (unassisted)
Yael Averbuch Goal 85' (unassisted)
[m 20] Samantha Kerr Goal 40' (Leah Galton) Stadium: Swope Soccer Village
Attendance: 2,414
Referee: Victor Rivas
Wed Sep 7 18 Sky Blue FC 1–1 Orlando Pride Piscataway, New Jersey
Sam Kerr Goal 80'
Nikki Stanton Yellow card 90+'
[m 21] Alex Morgan Goal 23' (Maddy Evans) Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 2,055
Referee: Matthew Franz
Sat Sep 10 19 Orlando Pride 1–2 Sky Blue FC Orlando, Florida
Kristen Edmonds Goal 42' (unassisted)
Toni Pressley Yellow card 70'
[m 22] Sam Kerr Goal 48' (unassisted)
Christie Rampone Yellow card 49'
Maya Hayes Goal 53' (unassisted)
Stadium: Camping World Stadium
Attendance: 6,788
Referee: Danielle Chesky
Sun Sep 25 20 Sky Blue FC 1–3 Portland Thorns FC Piscataway, New Jersey
Natasha Kai Goal 6' (kelley O'Hara)
Kristin Grubka Yellow card 59'
Report Allie Long Goal 41' (Tobin Heath)
Lindsey Horan Goal 57' (Nadia Nadim)
Allie Long Goal 84' (Hayley Raso)
Stadium: Yurcak Field
Attendance: 3,780
Referee: Christina Unkel

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Portland Thorns FC 20 12 5 3 35 19 +16 41 NWSL Shield
2 Washington Spirit 20 12 3 5 30 21 +9 39 NWSL Playoffs
3 Chicago Red Stars 20 9 6 5 24 20 +4 33
4 Western New York Flash (C) 20 9 5 6 40 26 +14 32
5 Seattle Reign FC 20 8 6 6 29 21 +8 30
6 FC Kansas City 20 7 5 8 18 20 −2 26
7 Sky Blue FC 20 7 5 8 24 30 −6 26
8 Houston Dash 20 6 4 10 29 29 0 22
9 Orlando Pride 20 6 1 13 20 30 −10 19
10 Boston Breakers 20 3 2 15 14 47 −33 11
Source: NWSL
Rules for classification: Tiebreakers
(C) Champion
Results summary
Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
20 26 7 8 5 24 30  −6 2 3 3 9 12  −3 5 5 2 15 18  −3

Last updated: September 25, 2016
Source: Soccerway
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round
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Updated to match(es) played on September 25, 2016. Source: nwslsoccer.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Squad statistics

Source: NWSL

N Pos Player GP GS Min G A PK Shot SOG SOG% Cro CK Off Foul FS YC RC
27 GK Caroline Casey 10 9 860 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 MF Kelly Conheeney 13 6 590 1 0 0 11 6 55% 1 2 4 12 7 1 0
12 MF Kim DeCesare 6 3 242 0 0 0 3 1 33% 0 0 1 2 2 0 0
21 FW Leah Galton 14 10 1021 3 4 0 19 8 42% 5 10 9 10 8 1 0
2 MF Shawna Gordon 10 5 427 0 0 0 3 1 33% 0 2 3 0 1 0 0
13 DF Kristin Grubka 15 14 1267 0 1 0 3 2 67% 0 0 2 15 6 2 0
4 FW Maya Hayes 16 8 765 3 0 0 13 7 54% 0 3 3 7 8 0 0
32 FW Tasha Kai 20 17 1410 4 1 0 38 22 58% 1 1 25 13 19 3 0
20 FW Samantha Kerr 9 6 616 5 0 0 27 15 56% 0 1 5 5 5 0 0
16 MF Sarah Killion 18 18 1620 3 1 3 13 7 54% 0 22 0 17 25 0 0
6 MF Taylor Lytle 18 18 1506 1 4 0 12 2 17% 1 0 4 3 3 0 0
8 MF Ashley Nick 3 1 103 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
19 DF Kelley O'Hara 12 11 1033 1 2 0 25 8 32% 0 33 7 10 15 1 0
3 DF Christie Rampone 20 20 1800 0 0 0 1 0 0% 0 0 2 7 10 1 0
26 DF Domi Richardson 2 0 54 0 0 0 2 1 50% 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
11 MF Raquel Rodriguez 18 17 1461 1 1 0 22 10 45% 1 0 0 18 26 1 0
88 MF Danielle Schulmann 3 0 42 0 0 0 1 1 100% 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
33 DF Erin Simon 19 18 1590 0 2 0 1 0 0% 0 0 4 17 16 1 0
10 MF Erica Skroski 20 20 1784 1 0 0 4 3 75% 1 0 0 6 4 0 0
18 GK Caroline Stanley 11 11 940 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
7 MF Nikki Stanton 12 4 412 0 0 0 2 1 50% 0 0 0 10 1 3 0
29 FW Catherine Zimmerman 5 4 257 0 0 0 1 0 0% 0 0 0 5 7 0 0
Team Total 20 19800 23 16 3 201 95 47% 10 74 69 160 168 15 0
N Pos Goal keeper GP GS Min GA GA/G PKA PKF Shot SOG Sav Sav% YC RC
27 GL Caroline Casey 10 9 860 14 1.40 1 1 122 46 32 70% 0 0
18 GK Caroline Stanley 11 11 940 16 1.45 1 1 125 49 33 67% 1 0
Team Total 20 1800 30 1.50 2 2 247 95 65 68% 1 0

Honors and awards

NWSL Awards

NWSL Yearly Awards

Player Award Ref.
Costa Rica Raquel Rodríguez Rookie of the Year [6]
United States Christie Rampone Second X1 [6]

NWSL Player of the Week

Week Result Player Ref.
18 Won Australia Sam Kerr [7]

References

  1. ^ "Sky Blue FC Unable to Hold Off Portland in 2016 Season Finale". Sky Blue FC. September 25, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sky Blue FC Suffers 2-1 Defeat to Flash". Sky Blue FC. May 7, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 NWSL Statistics". National Women's Soccer League. September 25, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "ABOUT SKY BLUE SOCCER". skybluefc.com. Archived from the original on May 6, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "2016 ROSTER". skybluefc.com.
  6. ^ a b "ORLANDO PRIDE'S ASHLYN HARRIS VOTED GOALKEEPER OF THE YEAR". nwslsoccer.com. NWSL. October 4, 2016. Archived from the original on October 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Sky Blue FC Forward Samantha Kerr Voted Player of the Week". NWSL. September 13, 2016. Archived from the original on October 10, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
Match reports (preseason)
  1. ^ "SKY BLUE FC EARNS VICTORY IN 2016 PRESEASON OPENER". skybluefc.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "SKY BLUE FC BLANKS NORTH CAROLINA WITH 2–0 VICTORY". skybluefc.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
Match reports (regular season)
  1. ^ "SKY BLUE FC HANDS SEATTLE REIGN FC ITS FIRST-EVER LOSS AT MEMORIAL STADIUM". skybluefc.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  2. ^ "SPIRIT DEFEATS SKY BLUE FC, 2–1". nwslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on April 30, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "DASH HELD TO SCORELESS DRAW BY SKY BLUE FC". nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "SKY BLUE FC SUFFERS 2–1 DEFEAT TO FLASH". skybluefc.com. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  5. ^ "Resilient Sky Blue FC Side Earns Three Home Points Over Boston Breakers". skybluefc.com. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  6. ^ "Sky Blue FC Suffers Road Defeat to Flash". skybluefc.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  7. ^ "Huerta Scores as Chicago Ties Sky Blue FC 1–1". chicagoredstars.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  8. ^ "Galton Fires Second Half Equalizer to Help Sky Blue FC Earn Road Point". skybluefc.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "MAY 29, 2016 – Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC". nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved May 31, 2016.
  10. ^ "Midfielder Sarah Killion Converts First Half Penalty Kick in Draw". skybluefc.com. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  11. ^ "Two Sides Play to a Scoreless Stalemate at Yurcak Field". skybluefc.com. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "Leah Galton Assists on Goals by Raquel Rodriguez, Sam Kerr". skybluefc.com. Archived from the original on July 4, 2016. Retrieved June 26, 2016.
  13. ^ "SECOND HALF PENALTY KICK IS DIFFERENCE AS SKY BLUE FC FALLS TO PORTLAND THORNS FC". skybluefc.com. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  14. ^ "TAYLOR LYTLE ROCKETS GAME-WINNER TO LEAD SKY BLUE FC PAST HOUSTON DASH". skybluefc.com. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  15. ^ "SKY BLUE FC COMPLETES SEASON SWEEP OF BOSTON BREAKERS". skybluefc.com. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  16. ^ "SKY BLUE FC WINS THIRD STRAIGHT MATCH, BLANKS WASHINGTON SPIRIT". skybluefc.com. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  17. ^ "SKY BLUE FC FALLS ON THE ROAD TO WASHINGTON SPIRIT". skybluefc.com. Retrieved August 3, 2016.
  18. ^ "Sky Blue FC Suffers 3-1 Home Defeat to Chicago Red Stars at Yurcak Field". skybluefc.com. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
  19. ^ "Chicago Attack Flexes Muscles in 3-1 Win at Sky Blue FC". chicagoredstars.com. Retrieved August 28, 2016.
  20. ^ "KANSAS CITY RALLIES TO WIN 2-1 OVER SKY BLUE FC". nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved September 4, 2016.
  21. ^ "SKY BLUE FC COMES BACK TO EARN 1-1 DRAW WITH ORLANDO". nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  22. ^ "SKY BLUE FC RALLIES FOR 2-1 ROAD WIN OVER ORLANDO PRIDE". nwslsoccer.com. Retrieved September 10, 2016.

See also