Team Also Gets Saint Louis Athletica’s 2011 First Round Draft Pick (Photo by Bill Barrett – ISI Photos)
Somerset, N.J. (Tuesday, May 4, 2010) – Sky Blue FC and Saint Louis Athletica orchestrated the first trade of the 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) season today, with India Trotter and Saint Louis Athletica’s first round pick in the 2011 Draft now coming to New Jersey. On the other side of the transaction, Saint Louis Athletica has acquired English National Team defender Anita Asante and the rights to forward Nikki Washington from Sky Blue FC.
“As an overall package, this trade enables us to benefit in both the present and future,” Sky Blue FC head coach Pauliina Miettinen said. “Anita is a great person, and definitely tough to give up. But with Christie (Rampone) returning soon, we have an overabundance of players in the same position. We need someone like India, who is versatile and able to play in the back as well as up front as an attacker.”
Trotter now reunites with Miettinen, who was an assistant coach for Florida State University while Trotter played her college soccer for the Seminoles. In four years at Florida State University, she tallied 65 points on 24 goals and 18 assists. The Plantation, Florida, native was the first Seminole ever to play with the U.S. National Team. She helped Florida State to the NCAA Final Four during her junior season, scoring five goals in six tournament games. The former NSCAA All-America and All-ACC selection scored 62 goals and registered 47 assists while playing high school soccer in southern Florida.
“I’ve known India for a long time,” Miettinen continued. “She has a great attitude and willingness to work. In addition, the trade of Anita frees up an international spot, so we are looking at some top overseas options as well.”
Trotter has logged minutes in three matches this year with Saint Louis Athletica, and she also brings additional professional experience to Sky Blue FC after starting every game in 2008 for FFC Frankfurt in Germany’s Bundesliga.
“Various versions of this trade have been in the works since January,” Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone stated. “The final pieces of the puzzle came together at 10 p.m. last night, as (Saint Louis Athletica Chairman) Jeff Cooper was boarding a plane. Any trade is a give and take – both sides need to feel like they’ve won. We both feel this way. However, as Anita was part of our Sky Blue FC family, we still feel the personal loss.”
Trotter made her debut with the U.S. National Team against Norway in the 2006 Four Nations Tournament in China, and she also played with the U-19 National Team during 2003 and 2004. Additionally, she has a USL W-League title on her resume as a member of the 2008 Pali Blues Soccer Club.
Next up for Trotter and Sky Blue FC is a road pairing with the Atlanta Beat next Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m., and the match will be aired live on Fox Soccer Channel. Sky Blue FC returns home to Yurcak Field in four weeks when it hosts the Boston Breakers on Saturday, May 29th, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for that game can be purchased now by calling 1-888-SBFC-TIX or by clicking here.