Sky Blue FC announced their free agents signings via Twitter today and headed to the team are Brittany Bock, Danesha Adams, Lisa De Vanna and Manya Makoski.
Brittany Bock – M/F
A former member of the Washington Freedom and the Western New York Flash, Bock is a physical player with a keen insight into the game of soccer. Described as a ‘steamroller’ by the Bleacher Report in 2010, Bock brings a strong presence on the field. Much of this can be attributed to her time as a midfielder and forward for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish where she was awarded the Big East Co- Offensive Player of the Year 2007, and named to the NSCAA first team All American. Bocks contribution to her collegiate team resulted in the Fighting Irish reaching the national championship in 2006, and Bock being credited for the only goal scored.
25 year old Brittany Bock is as versatile of a player as a team can get. In her college carrear, Brittany played for Notre Dame as a midfielder and forward and she helped Notre Dame to the College Cup final in 2006, only to lose to UNC 2-1, with Brittany scoring ND’s lone goal. She was named a Mac Hermann trophy semi-finalist in her senior year at ND. Drafted 5th overall in the 2009 WPS draft, she played as a defender for the LA Sol. When the Sol folded in 2010, Brittany was drafted to the Washington Freedom and played there in her 2010 season, before signing with the Western New York Flash for the 2011 WPS season. She won her first WPS Championship with the Flash in 2011.
Brittany signed with the Colorado Rush of the W-League for the 2012 season, and played 12 games, scoring 4 goals for them as a midfielder. Following the end of the 2012 W-League season, Brittany signed with Swedish Vittsjo GIK, and played as a midfielder for them through the fall of 2012. Brittany has also played on many US Youth national teams, including the 2006 US U-20 World Cup team and the US U-23 team from 2007 to 2009. Brittany has been called into camp for the Senior team multiple times in 2009 and 2011, and is yet to have her first full team cap.
Danesha Adams – F
An impressive resume illustrates Adams collegiate and professional career. Chosen as the 6th overall draft pick for the WPS in 2009, Adams was selected by the Chicago Red Stars and proved to be a strong player as she scored 10 goals, in only 12 appearances. Named the 2006 U.S. Soccer’s Young Female Athlete of the Year, Adams assisted her college team, the UCLA Bruins to reach four consecutive NCAA college Cups. In addition Adams and the Bruins won a Pac 10 Championship for every year she played on the team. Since the conclusion of her collegiate career, Adams has been seen playing for WPS teams such as Pali Blues, Philadelphia Independence and most recently Vittsjö GIK where she has received 11 caps and 7 goals have been accredited to her.
Lisa De Vanna – F
starting my training regime today! Heading to gym to smash my body!!
— lisadevanna (@L_Devanna11) February 1, 2013
Scoring goals is synonymous with De Vanna for in a 6 year professional career she has tallied an impressive 51 goals. A striker, and member of the Australian National Team, De Vanna was recently seen as the lone goal scorer in a friendly against the United States National Team on September 19 2012. De Vanna is no stranger to large arenas as she has participated in the 2007 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and the Athens Olympics representing her country Australia. A strong forward, De Vannas’ professional career is competitive as she has played with renowned clubs around the world included the Newcastle Jets, Perth Glory, the Washington Freedom, and AIK in Sweden. Her presence is felt on the field for in only 5 appearances with Perth Glory during the 2012-13 season; she placed 4 goals in the net (including a hat trick against Sydney FC).
Manya Makoski – M/F
I am so excited to be a part of the @skybluefc family this season in the NWSL. I am so grateful to be able to play. God has truly blessed me
— Manya Makoski (@Makoski22) February 1, 2013
A Gatorade State Player of the year in 2001 and former member of the Atlanta Beat, Makoski is a well-trained midfielder that has created a strong career during her time with the U.S. youth national team, and her college Arizona State. Credited as assisting GK LeBlanc post 12 shutouts in her time with La Sol, Makoski is a player that bring a great deal of experience to the field. Recently, she has been playing with Aland United in the Finnish Women’s Professional League, and assisted her team in finishing second in the league. Her time with Aland United saw to her creating a scoring record of 31 goals in 25 games. With that in tow, it was no surprise that she received the Athlete of Year Award for competing in the Finnish Women’s Professional Soccer League. However, this statistic only adds to her professional career as she has tallied 44 goals in only 60 appearances for her previous clubs, Aland United, Thor/KA and the Los Angeles Sol. Studying a more technical style of football like she did in Finland, Makoski is sure to bring a distinct playing style during her time at Sky Blue.
Sky Blue is mounting a powerful roster as they have now strengthened their front line by adding more players that have been trained to support a striker’s position. With the assistance of De Vanna and Adams as strikers, and the technical abilities of Makoski in midfield, and the agility of Bock, Sky Blue has presented a tenacious formation.
Sky Blue will continue to expand their roster as they have been designated into the 5th spot of the Supplemental Draft lineup. The draft will results will be announced on February 7th through the NWSL Twitter account (@NWSL).