Sky Blue FC announced on Friday that they had signed rookie forward Imani Dorsey to a full professional roster. To make room for Dorsey to join the team on a permanent basis, the club waived second-year defender Kayla Mills.
Dorsey came to Sky Blue via the 2018 NWSL College Draft, where she was taken as the No. 5 overall pick. After missing the start of the season to finish her college education, she was signed to a National Team replacement contract during the most recent FIFA international break, making her debut in Sky Blue’s scoreless draw against the Washington Spirit on Friday, June 8.
“Imani had a very good performance for us this past Friday,” Sky Blue FC Head Coach Denise Reddy said in the team’s official statement. “She plays with a lot of explosiveness, and her movement off the ball provides a great addition to our attack.”
Prior to her professional debut, Dorsey was a standout attacker for the Duke Blue Devils, earning ACC Offensive Player of the Year honors in her senior season. She led the team in shots (47), points (38), and goals (14), and her efforts helped the Blue Devils nab ACC Regular Season honors and advance to the NCAA College Cup.
On the other side of the transaction is Mills, who came to Sky Blue as the No. 4 overall draft pick in the 2017 NWSL college draft. In her two seasons as a pro, she made 13 starts over 16 appearances, all of which were during the 2017 season.
“We also want to take the time today to thank Kayla for all of her contributions to Sky Blue FC, and we want to wish her nothing but success in the future,” Reddy said.