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DWS in the Pros Update - June 19
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/19/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – Several former Duke women’s soccer standouts are competing in the professional rank, both in the United States and abroad. Check out how the former Blue Devils are performing.  



NWSL

Christina Gibbons – Duke ‘16
Sky Blue FC – Defender

Gibbons continues to be a constant presence on Sky Blue FC’s backline, playing in 10 matches, including nine starts, for a total of 828 minutes. Gibbons has also played the full 90 in six of those contests, including her last three. Gibbons and Sky Blue are 0-2-1 in their three matches so far in June, posting a 0-0 draw against Washington and suffering two close defeats to Utah, 2-1, and Orlando, 3-2.

Sky Blue FC returns to action Wednesday, June 27 against Portland Thorns FC in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on go90.

Rebecca Moros – Duke ‘07
Utah Royals FC – Midfielder

Moros has already been a major part of Utah Royals FC history, as she recorded the club’s historic “first touch” in the program’s first contest against Orlando earlier this year. Moros played the full time in Utah’s 1-1 draw against the Pride, earning the franchise’s first point. For the year, Moros has played and started in nine contests, playing 754 minutes. She has played the full time in seven-straight matches, with URFC going 4-1-2 during that stretch, including a 1-0 defeat of the league’s top squad, the North Carolina Courage.


Moros and URFC, which sits fourth in the table with 17 points, two behind a tie with Seattle and Orlando, will next take on the 3-3-7 Chicago Red Stars Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET. That contest will be broadcast on go90.

Rebecca Quinn – Duke ‘18
Washington Spirit – Midfielder

Quinn, who became the highest Blue Devil drafted in NWSL Draft history with the third pick by the Spirit in January, has played in eight contests this year for Washington with seven of those being starts. Of those eight matches, she has gone the full time in four. Quinn and the Spirit are coming off a 0-0 draw with Seattle Reign FC, who sit second in the NWSL table. The Spirit return to action Saturday, June 23 at home against the Orlando Pride. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m. ET with the broadcast on ESPNews.

Quinn's summer extends beyond the NWSL this summer, as she was called up to the Canadian National Team for a June 10 friendly against Germany in Hamilton, Ontario. Canada fell in a tight 3-2 decision, as Germany scored in the 84th minute to break the 2-2 tie and secure the victory.

Imani Dorsey – Duke ‘18 
Sky Blue FC – Forward
 

After joining the squad on a national team replacement contract several weeks ago, Dorsey has officially been called up to the big stage as she signed a full professional contract June 15 with Sky Blue FC. Dorsey made her professional debut June 8 against Washington, earning the start and playing 71 minutes and taking two shots, both on goal, in the squad’s 0-0 draw. Dorsey also earned the start in Sky Blue FC’s latest contest against Orlando, a 3-2 defeat, going 90 minutes and taking three shots, including one on goal. Her one attempt on goal was rebounded and put into the back of the net by teammate Savannah McCaskill.

Sky Blue FC returns to action Wednesday, June 27 against Portland Thorns FC in Portland, Ore. Kickoff is set for 10:30 p.m. ET on go90.


EJ Proctor – Duke ‘17
Utah Royals FC – Goalkeeper
 

Proctor was called up to the Utah active roster May 31 to replace players leaving to join the US National Team for a pair of friendlies against China. She joined the squad for their contest against Sky Blue FC Saturday, June 2, a 2-1 victory for Utah. Proctor will continue to train with the squad throughout the season.

Schuyler DeBree – Duke ‘18 
Washington Spirit – Defender

DeBree was one of four Blue Devils called up to an NWSL active roster to replace players leaving to join the US National Team for a pair of friendlies against China. She was on the squad’s active roster during Washington’s 0-0 draw against Sky Blue FC on June 8. DeBree will continue to train with the squad throughout the season.

Morgan Reid – Duke ‘18
North Carolina Courage – Defender

Reid joined former Blue Devil teammates Imani Dorsey, EJ Proctor and Schuyler DeBree as call ups to an active NWSL roster with players joining the United States Women’s National Team for a pair of friendlies against China. The Cary, N.C., native was on the Courage’s active roster for a 1-1 draw against Houston June 3. Reid will continue to train with the club throughout the season.


Overseas

Lizzy Raben – Duke ‘17
AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)

Raben capped her career with AC Sparta Praha by helping the squad to its second-straight Domestic Cup title. AC Sparta Praha defeated FC Slovakia, 3-1, to secure the title while Raben earned the start. Raben and Co. returned to 1. Liga Women action and secured the league title as well with shutout wins against Slavia Praha (3-0) and Viktoria Plzen (2-0).


Toni Payne – Duke ‘17
AFC Ajax (Amsterdam)

Payne closed her second season with AFC Ajax and made 20 appearances with 12 starts in Eredivisie league play. A 2-1 victory against rival Twente helped Ajax and Payne secure the Eredivisie Women title for the second-straight season. Ajax wrapped up league play with a 2-2 draw against PSV in front of its home crowd, which featured a score from Payne.

Payne and Ajax returned to action again against PSV, defeating the squad 3-1 to secure the double by capturing the Women’s Cup.


Kim DeCesare – Duke ‘13
PSV (Amsterdam) | Elon Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach

After suffering a broken leg, DeCesare returned to action with PSV Eindhoven and appeared in nine matches with five starts and a goal scored. The former All-ACC star wrapped her career in late May and is headed back stateside, joining the Elon women’s soccer program as an assistant coach.


Krysia Sikora – Duke ‘17
Medyk Konin (Poland)

Sikora and Medyk Konin won three of their last five matches in Ekstraliga Women’s play. Most recently Medyk Konin fell in a tight 3-2 contest to league leader Gornik Leczna, finishing third in league play with 61 points.

Natasha Anasi – Duke ‘13
Keflavik (Iceland)

After taking the year off with the birth of her first child, Anasi is back in action playing in Iceland for Keflavik. Anasi saw time in three games in 2017, tallying one goal. She has played in five matches this season, scoring three times for Keflavik. The squad most recently fell in a close 3-2 decision to IBV in Women’s Cup action. Their 1. Deild Women’s league action against Fylkir was postponed, setting up their next match on June 19 against IA Akranes.

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