Asante Reaches Agreement with Sky Blue FC
Posted by iamhannah on February 24, 2009
SOMERSET, NJ (Feb. 23, 2009) – Sky Blue FC announced today that the NJ/NY franchise of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) has secured the services of another international player by reaching an agreement with Anita Asante. The England National Team defender will join Sky Blue FC for the inaugural season of WPS.
Sky Blue FC opens its season on April 5th at 4 p.m. when it hosts three-time FIFA Player of the Year Marta and the Los Angeles Sol at TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, NJ. (888-SBFC-TIX – www.SkyBlueStore.com) Sky Blue FC previously announced agreements with Australians Sarah Walsh and Collette McCallum and Brazilian Rosana.
Asante joins Sky Blue FC from Chelsea Ladies FC in the England Women’s Premier League. Sky Blue FC obtained her rights by selecting her as a post-draft discovery player on October 3, 2008. She will join her new team in mid-March following England’s participation in the Cypress Cup, which runs from March 5-12.
“Having Anita on board is a huge coup,” said Sky Blue FC General Manager & Head Coach Ian Sawyers. “Her level of play makes her one of the up-and-coming players in Europe, and definitely one of the premier players in England. She is a young player with what I believe is the potential to eventually become the captain of the England National Team.”
Asante made her debut with England in May 2004 and has 34 caps with one goal. The 23-year old previously played for England on the U-17 and U-19 levels and she competed in the inaugural FIFA U-19 World Championship in Canada in 2002.
Prior to joining Chelsea in 2008, Asante played with the Arsenal Ladies. She joined Arsenal as a youth player in 1998 and was part of the team that captured the “quadruple” in 2006/2007 – the UEFA Women’s Cup, FA Women’s National Premier League, FA Women’s Cup and the FA Women’s Premier League Cup.
Courtesy of: Sky Blue FC