Sky Blue FC player Imani Dorsey has agreed to a new one-year contract with a one-year option ahead of the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League season. Per team and league policies, further details were not disclosed.
“This club graciously gave me my first shot at the pros two years ago, and today I am excited to recommit to this team,” said Dorsey. “I cannot wait for this upcoming season with the potential and talent we have. And as the women’s professional game continues to grow, I am eager to be a part of Sky Blue’s historic inaugural season at Red Bull Arena.”
Dorsey, 23, will be entering her third season with Sky Blue FC. In 2019, Dorsey split time between the attack and defense, starting 23 games and registering two goals, 27 interceptions, and 24 clearances. During her rookie season, Dorsey played 1,047 minutes in 13 games (12 starts), scored four goals, and won the 2018 NWSL Rookie of the Year award.
“We are so happy to have Imani signing a new contract with Sky Blue,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “She is a very talented player who is very driven and shares the ambitions of the club. I am really looking forward to working with her in the upcoming season.”
Dorsey was drafted by Sky Blue FC in the 2018 NWSL College Draft as the fifth overall pick. A graduate of Duke University, she was named the 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, a 2017 United Soccer Coaches First Team All-America, and was a semifinalist for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy. In 87 appearances at Duke, she scored 29 goals and notched 22 assists.
“Imani has had an incredible start to her pro career with the season and a half she’s spent at Sky Blue,” said General Manager Alyse LaHue. “From her NWSL Rookie of the Year campaign in 2018 to now, we’ve seen tremendous versatility and growth and she is the type of player you want to build your club around for years to come.”
In November of 2019, Dorsey earned her first Senior U.S. Women’s National Team call-up for training camp in preparation for a pair of friendlies against Sweden and Costa Rica. She finished 2019 being named to the 24-player roster for the U.S. WNT December Identification Training Camp.
Sky Blue FC will be kicking off its inaugural season at Red Bull Arena in 2020. Season Ticket Memberships are on sale now at SkyBlueFC.com.