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Loyden Signed as Goalkeeper Replacement after Caroline Stanley Suffers Shoulder Injury
Sky Blue FC (3-4-4, 13 points) of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) officially announced today that it has signed former U.S. international Jill Loyden as a goalkeeper replacement. The move to sign Loyden, who has spent this season as an assistant coach for Sky Blue FC, comes after Caroline Stanley suffered a left shoulder sprain in game action last Saturday night against Portland Thorns FC.
“We are delighted to have Jill back involved with the first team,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “We are very fortunate to be able to bring on a player of her experience and caliber. She is very familiar with what we have been doing here all season long, and she has a great connection with the players. Additionally, her decision speaks volumes about her level of commitment to our club.”
Loyden last played for Sky Blue FC in 2014, making 17 starts while recording 69 saves and four clean sheets. Joining her on the game day roster will be Caroline Casey, who has made 10 saves in three appearances this season. Prior to her injury, Stanley registered three clean sheets and 24 saves over nine matches.
“Obviously, this was not part of the original plan, but the team needs an extra goalkeeper at this time,” Loyden stated. “I am happy to help in any capacity or role where I may be needed until we can get Caroline Stanley back and healthy again.”
A native of Vineland, N.J., Loyden’s time with Sky Blue FC dates back to the origins of the franchise, when she was a goalkeeper for Jersey Sky Blue of the USL W-League. Collegiately, she was a three-time Big East Goalkeeper of the Year at Villanova University before being drafted by Saint Louis Athletica in the 2009 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) College Draft. The following season, she was signed by the Chicago Red Stars as their starting goalkeeper, compiling a 1.17 GAA (Goals Against Average) before bettering that number with a 1.13 GAA the next year for magicJack SC.
In international play, Loyden worked her way onto the U.S. Women’s National Team (U.S. WNT) scene in 2010, earning her first cap on October 1st of that year when she backstopped her team to a 2-1 victory over China. The following year, she earned a spot on the U.S. WNT roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany, and she served as an alternate in London for the Gold Medal winning U.S. WNT side at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Loyden joined Sky Blue FC in 2012 as part of the U.S. WNT allocation and spent two more years with the New Jersey club. Over that pair of seasons, she registered a cumulative 8-7-6 record over 21 starts with five shutouts and 115 saves.
Loyden is also the owner and operator of The Keeper Institute (TKI) in Sewell, N.J., which is an all-encompassing training school that aims to educate young aspiring goalkeepers in every component of the game. Additionally, she founded the Jillian Loyden Foundation in 2012, which was established with a mission to create and support signature programs and activities that motivate young people by empowering them and helping them find value in themselves. The JL Foundation hosts an annual “Break the Silence” Gala each year, conducted to raise awareness and empower people to help victims of domestic violence.
Sky Blue FC returns to Yurcak Field on Saturday, hosting the Houston Dash at 7:00 p.m., and tickets for that match are available now. Additionally, all fans who eat at Quaker Steak & Lube in Edison before the game will receive free parking for the match.
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