Earlier today Sky Blue FC announced they signed discovery player Taylor Lytle and second round NWSL draft pick Kendall Johnson to their 2013 NWSL roster.
Lytle, an attacking midfielder for Texas Tech, lifted their soccer program to new heights during her campaign as a Red Raider. Not only did she help secure a non-losing record for the Raiders during her sophomore season, but Lytle was the first in Raider history to earn a spot on the 2009 All Big 12 First Team. Since then, the Raiders have seen four players from their 2012 season join the All Big 12 First Team. In 2010, a junior for the Raiders, she was named team captain and racked up four goals and five assists. Unfortunately her season would end early due to an injury sustained against Iowa State. However, as a true athlete she returned to the pitch post injury and was named to the 2011 NSCAA All Central Region Second Team. She concluded her collegiate career as the team’s the all-time record in assists (27). Lytle holds a unique honor by being named to the All Big 12 Selection for all four years of her college career.
Lytle has been called into U.S.YNT camps since U-15. In 2008 she was selected for the U-20 camp and would return in 2009 for the U-23 camp. In late 2012, Lytle joined the United Soccer W-League club Pali Blues.
As a member of the Sky Blue FC squad, Lytle will display great dribbling and control capabilities on the ball and will certainly open up the opportunities for crosses.
“Taylor can play any of the attacking midfield roles and will challenge for playing time, and is a great fit with Sky Blue FC and our desired style of play,” said Sky Blue FC Head Coach Jim Gabarra.
Johnson, a WCC defender of the year recipient and former defender for the University of Portland, is a strong player to have on the left side of the field. A key player to set up offense plays, Kendall can create rebound opportunities for her team. With 37 appearances for the Pilots from ’09-’10, Johnson recorded five goals, and six assists.
Johnson is no stranger to large arenas as she has already competed in the 2010 CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Tournament alongside Sydney Leroux for which the U.S. was crowned champions.
“Kendall is a top level left flank player that can be an attacking defender or left midfielder,” Gabarra said. “She will give us the flexibility to play different systems and have the opportunity to be a player that NWSL helps develop for our national team.”
Per club and league policy, terms of the players’ contracts were not disclosed.