“After years of not making changes, it’s hard to believe it will happen in a couple weeks. I think they were delusional that if they called with the governor of New Jersey, it would change
-- Takumi Jeannin
, the agent for former University of North Carolina star Julia Ashley
, after she spurned Sky Blue FC in her home state of New Jersey to
sign with Linkopings FC
in Sweden. Sky Blue FC took Ashley with the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft, but she had concerns about working conditions raised in media reports last season.
She said New Jersey governor Phil Murphy
, the team's owner, tried unsuccessfully to convince her to sign and help turn around the team. (Star-Ledger