Sky Blue FC made the official announcement today that Australian National Team member Caitlin Foord has signed with the team as one of their Discovery Player signings.
“Caitlin is a player who has a lot of potential,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra stated. “She is someone who grew up playing forward and converted into being a right defender, so she fits well into the system that we want our wide defenders to play. She is someone who is willing to get into the attack, and she also provides good recovery speed and makes her defensive presence felt.”
We first heard about this signing on February 18th when Foord announced via Twitter that she’ll be playing for Sky Blue FC.
— Caitlin Foord (@caitlin_foord) February 19, 2013
The 18 year old forward has been playing for Sydney FC in the Australian W-League since 2010. In 28 appearances for the club, Foord found the back of the net six times.
Foord made her Australian National Team debut (and scored) on May 12, 2011 in a friendly against New Zealand. She competed in the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup and played right back, right midfield and even as a full-back. Foord was named the “Best Young Player” of the tournament.
“Her coach Tom Sermanni trusted her on the right of midfield and also as a right-sided defender”, said former US Women’s National Team coach April Heinrichs about Foord after the World Cup. “She has got the potential to become a prototype of a modern full-back who is strong in defense, but one who also thinks offensively.”
With the signing of Foord and fellow Australian National Team member Lisa De Vanna, Sky Blue FC has hit the maximum number of international player signings the league will allow.
— lisadevanna (@L_Devanna11) February 19, 2013
NOTE: As per NWSL policy, all signings are pending approval from the league.