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Sky Blue FC exercises options on 16 players as Goodson, Gordon retire

In NWSL Re-Entry Wire news, it was announced that the two Sky Blue FC players are retiring.

Trey Madara, Brotherly Game

Wednesday marked the NWSL Re-Entry Wire date, the deadline by which clubs have to pick up players’ options, extend new contracts or place players on the re-entry wire.

Sky Blue FC has exercised the 2017 options on 16 players from the 2016 roster: goalkeepers Caroline Casey and Caroline Stanleyl; defenders Kristin Grubka, Erin Simon and Erica Skroski; midfielders Kelly Conheeney, Sarah Killion, Taylor Lytle, Raquel Rodriguez and Nikki Stanton; and forwards Kim DeCesare, Leah Galton, Maya Hayes, Tasha Kai, Danielle Schulmann and Catherine Zimmerman.

The team is also finalizing a new contract with Australian international Sam Kerr, while both Kelley O’Hara and Christie Rampone remain on the roster as Federation Players, or players allocated by U.S. Soccer.

It was announced that two players who will not be returning in 2017 are defender CoCo Goodson and midfielder Shawna Gordon.

Goodson is one of only four players from the original 2013 NWSL roster to still be rostered with the team in 2016. Hampered by injuries throughout the season, she only saw eight minutes on the field for Sky Blue this year, subbing in for Tasha Kai in the 82’ in the road match against the Orlando Pride. In her career with Sky Blue, Goodson has 40 starts in 46 games and has recorded one goal and one assist.

Gordon joined Sky Blue in 2015 after playing overseas for a couple of seasons. She saw five starts in 10 matches played this season, often filling voids left up top or in the midfield in the wake of injuries.

It is worth noting that players who have their options exercised or new contracts offered may not necessarily return to the club in 2017. Players can refuse the contracts, and the team can still waive players at a later date.

Note: The article previously said Goodson did not see any minutes for Sky Blue this season. It was corrected to reflect her substitution against Orlando.