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In the first big blockbuster move of the offseason, the National Women’s Soccer League has announced a trade between Sky Blue FC and Utah Royals FC.

Utah has acquired U.S. Women’s National Team defender Kelley O’Hara, midfielder Taylor Lytle, and the No. 25 draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft from Sky Blue in exchange for forward Shea Groom, midfielder/defender Christina Gibbons, and the No. 4 draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.

“Very exciting moves as we continue strengthening our roster in advance of preseason by obtaining highly talented players like [O’Hara] and [Lytle],” Royals general manager Craig Waibel said. “We look to properly balance the roster in the coming months in order to align with the attacking-oriented combination and possession-based style Laura wants to play.”

“On behalf of everyone here at Sky Blue FC, we also want to thank [O’Hara] and [Lytle] for all they have done over the past five seasons. They made major contributions to our club, both on and off the field, and they played significant roles in helping to develop professional women’s soccer here in New Jersey,” Sky Blue FC president and GM Tony Novo said in the Sky Blue FC news release.

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