USWNT and Sky Blue FC goalkeeper Jill Loyden broke her hand during a training session in Portugal today and will be sidelined for three months which will result in her missing a portion of the inaugural NWSL season.
“I’m going to be working hard to try to get back for as much of the NWSL season as possible,” said Loyden. “In the meantime, I’ll be supporting my teammates for club and country and doing my best to get totally healthy and ready to play.”
Loyden suffered a spiral fracture of 4th metacarpal in her left hand, the same hand in which she broke a bone during the 2011 USWNT training camp.
“It’s certainly unfortunate, but I’ve already overcome this injury before so I have no doubt it will heal and I’ll be able to join the U.S. team again soon,” said Loyden. “I know that the other goalkeepers will step up because they are phenomenal players.”
With Loyden out for at least the first half of the season, Sky Blue FC will look to their two goalkeepers from the College and Supplemental Drafts. Both Ashley Baker and Brittany Cameron are talented goalkeepers with a multitude of experience.
UGA Bulldog Ashley Baker is a standout athlete with experience playing in large arenas as she has competed in both the 2008 and 2010 Women’s World Cup and has been a member of the U20, U23 and senior England National Teams. 2012 marked a stellar year for Baker as she logged five shutouts (20 shutouts in her college career) and recorded 305 career saves.
Ranked third in the 2007 West Coast Conference for her outstanding GAA record, and second in shutouts, Cameron is a skilled goalkeeper with a plethora of professional soccer experience. Cameron is a former goalkeeper for the University of San Diego where she consistently improved on her skills. In her freshman year she recorded a 1.84 GAA, and improved upon that stat by recording a 1.21 GAA in her sophomore year and a 0.75 GAA in her senior year. Her senior year marked a special commemoration to her as she was named to the All WCC First Team, and the NSCAA Second Team All-West.
The addition of Brittany Cameron is exciting because not only has she played alongside O’Hara and Wilson during their 2010 FC Gold Pride campaign which resulted in being crowned the WPS Championship winners, but, she has built a name for herself as a goalkeeping coach. With work experience from Dartmouth, Niagara University and USD, Cameron has proven that she can train the next generation of goalkeepers. Her first season with Dartmouth resulted in them finishing second in their conference. The goalkeeper for Dartmouth, Tatiana Saunders, earned a spot for the second team NSCAA All Mid-Atlantic Region.
NOTE: Cameron and Baker aren’t officially part of the Sky Blue FC roster as the team nor the league has announced their signings.