Sky Blue FC (9-9-2, 26 points) of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today that the team has signed defender Cassidy Benintente, who was acquired via the discovery process.
“Cassidy has been with us since preseason, so she is very well assimilated into the group,” said David Hodgson, Sky Blue FC assistant coach. “All of our players trust her, which we feel is very important in order for us to maintain the improving chemistry of our team. Cassidy is capable of playing in several positions, and she is very familiar with our system and style of play. Her ability is what makes her deserving of this pro contract, but we must also commend her incredible resiliency to stick with the team since the beginning of preseason when there were no guarantees that we would arrive at this moment.”
Benintente, 23, is a native of Jackson, N.J. She is also a graduate of Rutgers University, where she played alongside Sky Blue FC defender Erica Skroski and midfielder Madison Tiernan. The trio were members of a Scarlet Knights side that reached the NCAA College Cup Final Four in 2015, the most successful season in program history. Before she arrived on campus in Piscataway, Benintente played for Sky Blue FC Development Academy partner PDA and also won a pair of Region I championships while representing New Jersey ODP.
Sky Blue FC hits the road this weekend to face FC Kansas City on Sunday. The team will return home to New Jersey next Sunday, September 10, hosting the Washington Spirit for a 6:00 p.m. kickoff at Yurcak Field in Piscataway. Individual tickets for that match are available now online or by calling 888-SBFC-TIX (888-723-2849).
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