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.
Christina Gibbons – Duke ‘16
Sky Blue FC – Defender
Christina Gibbons, who was traded to Sky Blue FC in December 2017, opened year two of her NWSL career Saturday, March 31 in Cary, N.C. Gibbons and Sky Blue FC fell in a 1-0 decision after the North Carolina Courage recorded a goal in stoppage time. Gibbons played the full time in the contest. Prior to opening the 2018 NWSL season as a member Sky Blue FC’s starting lineup, Gibbons was on loan to Melbourne Victory in Australia, where she recorded one goal. That score was the game winner in the 86th minute against Melbourne City.
"This team is really young which makes it a really fun environment. Vibes are really good and so far and I’ve gotten along really well with everyone, so I’m excited to see where this season goes." - @cgibby_— Sky Blue FC (@SkyBlueFC) March 28, 2018
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Gibbons has played in seven matches so far this year, with six of those being starts and has played the full 90 in three of those contests for a total of 558 minutes. The defender, who has been battling injury of late, last played May 26 in a contest against Seattle, where Sky Blue fell just short in a 1-0 decision. Sky Blue FC returns to action Saturday, June 2 against former Blue Devil Rebecca Moros and Utah Royals FC at 7 p.m. ET on go90.
Rebecca Moros – Duke ‘07
Utah Royals FC – Defender
After spending last year with FC Kansas City, Rebecca Moros joined Utah Royals FC for their inaugural season in 2018. Moros has been a major part of URFC history, as she recorded the club’s historic “first touch” in the program’s first contest against Orlando. Moros played the full time in Utah’s 1-1 draw against the Pride, earning the franchise’s first point. Overall, Moros has played and started in seven matches, going the distance in six of those contests, including wins against Houston and Washington.
Utah will next take on former Blue Devil Christina Gibbons and Sky Blue FC Saturday, June 2 on go90 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Rebecca Quinn – Duke ‘18
Washington Spirit – Midfielder
Rebecca Quinn made her NWSL debut in the Washington Spirit’s second game of the year, a 2-0 victory against Orlando Pride. Quinn, who became the highest Blue Devil drafted in NWSL Draft history with the third pick by the Spirit, drew the start and played 56 minutes in the win. Quinn has played in six matches, drawing five starts and going the full 90 in two of those contests.
The Spirit return to action Saturday, June 2 against Chicago, with the match set to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on Lifetime.
Quinn's summer will also include yet another appearance with the Canadian National Team, as the midfielder was called up for a June 10 friendly against Germany in Hamilton, Ontario.
EJ Proctor – Duke ‘17
Utah Royals FC – Goalkeeper
Proctor was called up to the Utah active roster Thursday to replace players leaving to join the US National Team for a pair of friendlies against China. She will join the squad for their upcoming contest against Sky Blue FC Saturday, June 2, which is set for a 7:00 p.m. ET start and will be broadcast on go90. Proctor was the fourth pick of the fourth round (34th overall) in the 2018 NWSL College Draft by Utah Royals FC.
Morgan Reid – Duke ‘18
North Carolina Courage – Defender
Reid joined EJ Proctor as the second former Blue Devil to be called up to an active roster Thursday, as the defender will join the Courage to replace players leaving to join the US National Team for a pair of friendlies against China. Reid, who was taken with the eighth pick in the fourth round (38th overall), and the Courage will take on the Houston Dash Sunday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET on go90.
Imani Dorsey – Duke ‘18
Sky Blue FC – Forward
Dorsey was signed to the Sky Blue FC active roster Friday to replace players leaving to join the US National Team for a pair of friendlies against China. She will join the squad for their upcoming contest against Utah Royals FC Saturday, June 2, which is set for a 7:00 p.m. ET start and will be broadcast on go90. Dorsey was the fifth overall pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft by Sky Blue FC, joining Rebecca Quinn as one of two Blue Devils taken in the top five.
Schuyler DeBree – Duke ‘18
Washington Spirit – Defender
DeBree became the fourth Blue Devil 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 will join the Washington Spirit for their upcoming contest Saturday, June 2 against Chicago, set to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET on Lifetime. DeBree was selected by the Spirit with the first pick of the second round (11th overall) in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
Lizzy Raben – Duke ‘17
AC Sparta Praha (Czech Republic)
Lizzy Raben capped year two 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 against Slavia Praha, securing a 3-0 victory and will next face Viktoria Plzen on June 3.
🏆 Vítězky poháru 2017/18! pic.twitter.com/XfyJMviHFZ— AC Sparta Praha ženy (@ACSparta_Zeny) May 19, 2018
Toni Payne – Duke ‘17
AFC Ajax (Amsterdam)
Payne is in her second season with AFC Ajax and has 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.
16. 1-1! TONI PAYNE! pic.twitter.com/jjvL8oE1sp— Ajax Vrouwen (@AjaxVrouwen) May 27, 2018
En nu voor eigen publiek 🤩— Ajax Vrouwen (@AjaxVrouwen) May 27, 2018
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Payne and Ajax return to action June 2 to take on PSV and former Blue Devil Kim DeCesare, this time in Women’s Cup action.
Krysia Sikora – Duke ‘17
Medyk Konin (Poland)
Sikora and Medyk Konin have 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, but hold on to third place in the league with 61 points.
Kim DeCesare – Duke ‘13
After suffering a broken leg, DeCesare returned to action with PSV Eindhoven and has appeared in four matches so far. DeCesare and PSV most recently recorded a 2-2 draw against Toni Payne and Ajax in Eredivisie Women League action. Since joining PSV last year, DeCesare has played in nine matches with five starts for a total of 550 minutes, including recording one goal. DeCesare and PSV return to action June 2 to face Ajax once again, this time in Women's Cup action.
Natasha Anasi – Duke ‘13
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 four matches this season, scoring three times for Keflavik. The squad returns to action June 2 with a Women’s Cup showdown against IBV before returning to 1. Deild Women action June 7 against Fylkir.