In the third round of the 2017 NWSL draft, Sky Blue FC selected goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan from Clemson University with the No. 23 overall pick. Sheridan brings a wealth of experience both internationally and collegiately and will help fill a need at goalkeeper for Sky Blue.
In 76 games played for the Clemson Tigers, Sheridan posted 229 saves, 63 goals allowed, 28 shutouts, and 2 career assists. Sheridan posted .828 goal allowed/game over the course of her NCAA career. She has a long list of awards and accolades including being named to the MAC Hermann Trophy watchlist in 2016, being named an NSCAA All-American in 2015 and being named to the All-ACC team all four years of her career.
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On the international level, Sheridan has been part of the Canadian national team system both on the youth and senior levels. She first entered the youth national team pool at the age of 15, and was part of the U-17, U-20, and U-23 teams. Her first cap with the senior national team came in the Algarve Cup in 2016. Sheridan earned the shutout in the team’s semifinal game against Iceland, which led to their win in the final to become Algarve Cup champions.
Sheridan was named an alternate for Canada in the 2016 Olympic Games. While she did not make the official 18 player roster, she traveled and trained with the team throughout their bronze medal run in Rio.
Sheridan was on hand at the draft to thank her family, coaches, Sky Blue FC, and the NWSL for the opportunity and expressed her excitement for the season to get started.