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Sky Blue FC trade Meehan for Courage’s Eddy

Elizabeth Eddy returns to Sky Blue after being drafted by the club in the 2014 NWSL College Draft, while McKenzie Meehan departs the club after three seasons.

Sky Blue FC has traded forward McKenzie Meehan, right, to the North Carolina Courage.
Tom Salus, Once a Metro

Sky Blue FC, in conjunction with the North Carolina Courage, announced a one-for-one trade in which the clue received midfielder Elizabeth Eddy in exchange for forward McKenzie Meehan.

Eddy returns to Sky Blue after being selected as the No. 33 overall pick in the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) College Draft. However, she made zero appearances for the club before being traded to the Western New York Flash, where she signed a professional contract in 2015. She made 25 appearances for the Flash, helping them to win the 2015 NWSL Championship.

After the Flash were relocated to North Carolina, Eddy made 10 appearances for the Courage despite dealing with some injury issues. In her 2019 campaign, the midfielder has scored one goal in three appearances for the Courage.

“Liz has been a big asset to our club,” said Courage Head Coach Paul Riley in the Courage’s official statement before hinting at the reason for the trade. “We have enjoyed success together, but Liz wants to play full-time, and, as a coach, I think it is important there is honesty and trust that we are here for the right reasons.

“Liz has given me everything, but I want her to continue to evolve and grow and sometimes that requires a change of scenery. We wish her continued success in her career, and those great memories we have shared will have a lasting impact.”

Meehan departs Sky Blue after three seasons with the club. The Boston College standout was drafted by Sky Blue in the fourth round of the 2017 draft. The forward tallied one assist in 31 appearances for Sky Blue.

Although the striker never seemed to find her place with Sky Blue, even despite its struggles, Riley seems to believe he’s found a diamond in the rough in Meehan. Riley suggested that Meehan’s lack of playing time with Sky Blue could lend to her contributions to her new club.

“McKenzie is smart, coachable, and dependable with a nose for the goal,” he said. “I love getting players with a point to prove, and we are excited to see what she can do in our environment. Hungry is a great trait, and expectation is she will push immediately for a starting role.”

Both Eddy and Meehan should be available for their respective clubs’ next matches. Sky Blue retakes the field on Saturday, June 15 on the road against the Utah Royals FC. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.