Sky Blue FC
National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team from New Jersey, Sky Blue FC made history with their highest attendance yet of 9,415 and were the first NWSL to play at Red Bull Arena against Reign FC in an official league match. It must be said that we live for moments such as these: experiencing historical soccer events and helping grow the sport in the USA. It is amazing to see the growth in attendance in the NWSL as a result of the recent 2019 Women's World Cup. This gives hope to the youth that regardless of gender, the game above all is what matters.
WHY THIS DAY MATTERED
Located in central New Jersey at Rutgers University is Yurcak Field - home of Sky Blue FC. Over the years we have been attending the team's home games and we have witness a fluctuation in viewers. Though recently, the team has seen an increase in attendees and support at their games. Naturally it was not a shock to see the soccer community rally together in support, thus filling Yurcak Field to capacity in several occasions. The team decided to attempt something never done in the club's history by hosting a game at the Red Bull Arena. Much to everyone's surprise, the community once again rallied in support and indeed sold over 9,000 seats at an MLS stadium. The mere fact that a team who shared a stadium with a University could even draw a crowd larger than most NY Red Bulls games shows that women's soccer is finally getting the recognition they deserve. Sky Blue FC deserve to play in a stadium, not at a University hosted ground. They deserve the same endorsement any MLS teams would receive as they've shown countless times that spirit and work ethics on the field has no difference. This moment also marks what potentially could be the turning point of the team in NWSL as we know it. Times are changing and support for women's soccer could see further increase in the years to come.
support local women's soccer
If you watched the Women's World Cup and loved it, a lot of these women play professional soccer in the US. These women could be in your backyard, so show them your support and help grow Women's soccer in the community.