Sky Blue FC brings back Ashley Nick

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by TOM SLATER

Sky Blue FC continued to tinker with their roster by re-introducing a familiar face to their National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) roster.

Hours after releasing three trialists, the team announced that midfielder Ashley Nick was returning to the New Jersey side after spending two previous seasons with the team in 2013 and 2014.

“We are very excited to bring Ashley back to New Jersey,” said Christy Holly, Sky Blue FC head coach. “She was very keen to rejoin Sky Blue FC, which is a prerequisite for any player who will represent our club. She will be a tremendous asset for us and will provide our team with a great amount of experience and leadership in the midfield.”

Nick, 28, returns to Sky Blue FC after splitting the 2015 NWSL season with the Houston Dash and Western New York Flash, making nine total starts over 16 appearances while registering one assist. She originally came to New Jersey during the 2013 NWSL season, signing with Sky Blue FC that July and starting two of the three contests she played. Over her 2014 campaign, the California native was in the Starting XI for 17 games over 22 appearances and added a goal to the stat sheet.

Throughout her playing career, she has played on several championship squads. Collegiately, she captained the University of Southern California to the 2007 NCAA College Cup championship, receiving All-America accolades. She was also a member of the 2013 USL W-League champion Pali Blues Soccer Club, where she was named the championship most valuable player.

Internationally, she has played for Russian club FC Zorky, helped FC Twente win the Dutch Vrouwen Eredivisie championship and was named the Biggest Impact Player for Arna Bjørnar after leading the team to a bronze medal in the Norwegian Toppserien league. Additionally, Nick also spent time in Europe for Apollon Ladies FC of the Cypriot First Division.