Nadia Nadim is returning home for the off-season to play for Fortuna Hjorring of the Danish Elitedivisionen but the good news for Sky Blue fans is that she'll be coming back for the start of the 2016 National Women's Soccer League season.
Sky Blue FC announced today that Nadim will be loaned to Fortuna Hjorring, along with backup goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe, for the Danish season. ‘
"It is important for players to continue their development by remaining active and playing in competitive games," said Jim Gabarra, Sky Blue FC coach. "In terms of Nadia, this will be an easy transition because she returns to a familiar training environment and heads back to school, which was her everyday life before coming to Sky Blue FC. With Aubrey, this is a great opportunity for her to get some additional game experience under her belt, and that is important for her personal development as a player."
Founded in 1966, Fortuna Hjørring plays its home matches at Hjørring Stadium in Denmark. A member of the UEFA Women's Champion League since 2009, Fortuna reached the UEFA Women's Cup Final in 2003 and has advanced to the UEFA Round of 16 on four separate occasions since. Additionally, Fortuna has won eight Danish League Championships, most recently in 2014, and five Danish Women's Cups.
Nadim tied for the team-high in scoring with six goals - three game-winners - in her first full season with the club. She burst onto the Sky Blue FC scene a year earlier, scoring seven goals and three assists in just six matches.
While Nadim had decent numbers, she didn't match the 2014 numbers as Sky Blue FC dug a hole for themselves early in the season and couldn't recover in time to claim a playoff berth.
Bledsoe appeared in one game for Sky Blue FC in 2015, playing just eight minutes behind NWSL goalkeeper of the year candidate Brittany Cameron.