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Sky Blue FC waive Morris, LaBonta to make room for returning Australians

Samantha Kerr, Caitlin Foord return to Sky Blue; May see action against Portland tomorrow night

Matt Kryger-USA TODAY Sports

As the Women's World Cup 2015 draws to a close, international stars have started to return to their National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) teams.

Which means roster moves. They've begun at Sky Blue FC as Meg Morris and Lo'eau LaBonta have been put on waivers to make room for Australian internationals Caitlin Foord and Samantha Kerr.

Morris started four games and appeared in nine, registering an assist. LaBonta was a 2015 college draft pick and appeared briefly in six games.

"This is a transition time for clubs with World Cup players returning to rosters," said Jim Gabarra, Sky Blue FC Technical Director and Head Coach. "Unfortunately, we have to make some tough decisions to make room on the roster for those players. I would like to acknowledge Lo'eau and Meg for their contributions to our team over the first half of the season. They did a nice job of helping us put a good product on the field, and I want to thank them for what they did for our club."

According to team officials, both Foord and  Kerr may be available to coach Jim Gabarra tomorrow night in Portland, pending the passing of a physical.

Foord had a solid World Cup campaign, most notable marking Brazil star Marta out of the game as the Matildas upset the South Americans.  A veteran of two World Cups, Foord was named the Best Young Player in the 2011 tournament and was the youngest ever player to appear in a Women's World Cup match. She has started 35 games for Sky Blue FC over the last two years.

Kerr will be making her first appearance for Sky Blue FC after being acquired in a November 2014 trade with the Western New York Flash. She scored nine goals in 2014 to lead the Flash in scoring.