Sky Blue FC have added the No. 11 overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft, midfielder Julie James, from Baylor University, to the team’s roster. Per team and league policies, terms of the contract were not announced.
“I am honored to have been drafted by Sky Blue FC,” James said. “Many people have helped me get here – my parents, my fiancé, Connor, the Baylor staff and community and Coach Rodney Doyle and the Full Armour program. I am excited to get to work with this team and to see what the future holds for this program!”
“Julie prides herself on her willingness to prepare and on her strong mentality which I believe will give her a huge advantage coming into the league,” Head Coach Denise Reddy said. “Her consistency and dominant aerial game will be a great contribution to our squad.”
James, 22, tallied 20 goals and 13 assists in 88 appearances while at Baylor.
In her senior year James was named as a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy Award and became the first student-athlete in program history to earn United Soccer Coaches All-America first team honors. She is also the first student-athlete from Baylor to be drafted into the NWSL.
The two-time captain logged more minutes (7809) than any other player in school history and finished in the top 10 all-time for career goals scored and points totaled.
James has also played with the U-23 U.S. WNT on three separate occasions.
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