Her First Cap? Sky Blue’s Killion gets late call up to USWNT camp

Photo: Robyn McNeil, Sky Blue FC

by TOM SLATER `

It’s been nearly two years since Sky Blue FC midfielder Sarah Killion has been called into the national team camp. And Killion is still waiting for her first cap with the United States Women’s National Team.

But come next week, Killion will have a chance to make that milestone moment happen.

Killion was called into training by coach Jill Ellis, joining 20 other players in camp that will run from Jan. 13 to 23 at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, California. She was added to the roster by Ellis a day after originally announcing those players called to camp. She’ll be one of seven players in camp hoping for their first international appearance.

The January training camp will be a key evaluation period for Ellis to choose a squad for the upcoming SheBelieves Cup. The second tournament will feature four of the world’s top-five ranked teams in the USA (1), Germany (2), France (3) and England (5). The same four sides competed in the inaugural tournament, won by the United States.

Killion, the former second-round draft pick in 2015, played every minute of every game for Sky Blue this past summer. A defensive midfielder, she was a steady influence beside NWSL Rookie of the Year Raquel Rodriguez and took penalty kicks for the team. She scored three goals and had one assist.

She’ll join Sky Blue FC teammate Kelley O’Hara in camp.  O’Hara has been a consistent starter at outside back and occasionally midfield for the national team for the last yeara.

“We are very excited for Sarah,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC coach, of Killion receiving her second senior team call-up. “This is a fantastic reward for all of the hard work she has committed to Sky Blue FC and her own personal development in recent years. We have complete confidence that she will be able to showcase the full range of her abilities alongside some of our nation’s best players, such as her Sky Blue FC teammate Kelley O’Hara. Kelley has consistently remained a huge contributor to the U.S. Women’s National Team, and we are very fortunate to have both of these players as part of our club here in New Jersey.”

Killion was called up for the first time in 2014 as part of the Algarve Cup training camp roster. Additionally, she has extensive experience at the Youth National Team level and alongside fellow January Camp roster call-ups Morgan Brian, Crystal Dunn, Julie Johnston, Samantha Mewis and Kealia Ohai, was a member of the 2012 U-20 Women’s World Cup championship squad in Japan, where she started as a center midfielder.