I was able to work with my colleague RJ Allen on a recent piece about the failings of the Sky Blue FC franchise and the greater implications for women’s professional soccer in America. Check out the Deadspin article HERE.
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) August 8, 2018
We spoke to multiple sources, some that wished to remain anonymous. Every interview painted a story of a struggling club with limited awareness of how to make things better.
It was not an easy, nor enjoyable story to write. Mostly because it’s not a terribly unique story. In a quote not in the original Deadspin article, former US goalkeeper Hope Solo told us, “It was bad, but it’s important to know Sky Blue was not the only team with issues. My own team in Seattle didn’t have a very sanitary guest locker room, Chicago wouldn’t allow us to have sports drinks on the field, something necessary to properly replace electrolytes. At various times throughout my career in the NWSL, it seemed the rules were made up as we went along. It was frustrating for everybody.”
This quote by @hopesolo didn't make the cut, but is worth noting:
"It’s important to know Sky Blue was not the only team w/ issues. My own team in Seattle didn't have a very sanitary guest locker room, Chicago wouldn't allow us to have sports drinks on the field …" 1/2 #NWSL https://t.co/jZTn4V4nWz
— Erica L. Ayala (@elindsay08) August 8, 2018
Other writers have also written about Sky Blue FC, so check out the following articles for more coverage of the Sky Blue FC situation:
- Once A Metro: Sky Blue FC created untenable player conditions for years
- The Equalizer: Former Sky Blue players, staff lash out over poor playing, living conditions
- ThinkProgress: NJ governor bought a women’s soccer team to inspire his daughter, but ran it into the ground