In the NWSL Expansion Draft on Jan. 10, Sky Blue did not come out on top. The Houston Dash snapped up two of Sky Blue’s players: Midfielder, Brittany Bock and forward Danesha Adams. Bock was picked first overall, while Adams was selected in the ninth round.
However, at the more recent NWSL College Draft on Jan. 17, Sky Blue picked up four players, including top draft choice and N.J. native Maya Hayes, from Penn State.
“We’re very happy with how things went for Sky Blue today,” said Head Coach Jim Gabarra following the draft’s conclusion. “For the most part, things went as expected and I was really happy with the atmosphere and turnout at the draft.”
“We’re glad to have added Maya, Hayley, Michelle, and Elizabeth today and we’re looking forward to having them in camp,” Gabarra said.
“(Maya) Hayes, who is a native of West Orange, N.J., joins her hometown club after a stellar four-year career at Penn State. As a senior, Hayes tallied 19 goals, including four game-winners, while adding six assists. Following the season, Hayes was named to the All-Big Ten first team, as well as a NSCAA second team All-American. She finished second in the Big Ten and eighth in the nation in goals and points with 19 and 44 respectfully. The former Nittany Lion closed out her collegiate career amassing 71 goals and 21 assists,” stated an article on the club’s official website.
“Hayes is a current member of the U23 National Team pool. She was also a member of the U20 National Team that won the 2012 FIFA U20 World Cup and the 2012 and 2010 CONCACAF U20 Women’s Championship. She was also a three-time finalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.”
Sky Blue did not have the power to do anything about releasing Bock and Adams in the Expansion Draft.
Bock battled injuries throughout the 2013 season playing in only seven matches for Sky Blue FC and making five starts. Bock is a University of Notre Dame alumna and will, once again, play for her college coach, Randy Waldrum, who was appointed as the Houston Dash’s first head coach on Jan. 6. Waldrum was the head women’s soccer coach at Notre Dame since 1999.
With their ninth pick, the Dash selected Danesha Adams. Adams played in 21 matches for Sky Blue FC during the 2013 season scoring three goals and tallying three assists.