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Sky Blue FC select Mandy Freeman with No. 10 draft pick

The USC defender was the second player selected by the New Jersey club

Mandy Freeman (left) and Kayla Mills (right) talk to reporters following being drafted by Sky Blue FC.
Dan Lauletta

Sky Blue FC drafted defender Miranda “Mandy” Freeman as their second pick in the first round at the 2017 NWSL Draft held at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, CA.

Freeman, a University of Southern California center back, will help strengthen Sky Blue’s defense in the upcoming 2017 season. Freeman is strong pick given she helped USC earn 17 shutouts and win the NCAA Championship in 2016. For her performance with USC, she was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.

The Trojan played 89 games for USC and scored two goals, both during her junior season in 2015. Her goals both came when she played as a holding midfielder during the 2015 season. Since then she has enhanced her skills as a center back.

Freeman was recently called up to the USWNT U-23s which does not come as a surprise as she has been involved with the youth national teams since joining the U-14. Freeman will join fellow Trojan Kayla Mills at Yurcak this season as Mills was Sky Blue’s first pick and number four overall. With the Sky Blue’s first two pick being defender leaves speculation around Christie Rampone and her future with the team.