Sky Blue FC announced on Wednesday that they had made two roster moves, waiving midfielder Thaisa Moreno and forward Michaela Abam. According to Sky Blue’s official release, both players were released in order to pursue playing opportunities abroad.
Brazilian international Thaisa was in her first season with Sky Blue after signing with the team last December. She has since made five starts over eight appearances for a total of 396 minutes in her short-lived NWSL career.
Sources close to Sky Blue have confirmed to Once a Metro that Thaisa, who is currently in camp with Brazil ahead of the U.S.-hosted Tournament of Nations, had requested a trade or release from the team weeks ago in order to pursue other opportunities.
Abam joined the team via the 2018 NWSL College Draft, where she was selected by Sky Blue as their first pick and as the No. 4 overall draft pick. In her rookie campaign, she made four appearances, none of which were starts, for the club, totaling just 50 minutes.
The pair of roster moves marks the third time this season Sky Blue has waived players. They previously waived defender Erin Simon in May, shortly after she was removed from the 45-Day Disabled List, because of roster size limits. They then waived defender Kayla Mills in June to make room on the roster for Imani Dorsey, taken just one pick after Abam as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 draft.
With Abam’s departure from the team, they now only have two of their original five 2018 draft picks—Dorsey and Amandine Pierre-Louis—remaining with the club. It also marks the second time this season that the team has waived a No. 4 overall draft pick, as Mills was selected as the fourth-overall pick in last year’s draft.
No word yet on where Thaisa or Abam will be playing after Sky Blue.