What a difference a year makes.
At the 2019 NWSL College Draft, all the attention was on Sky Blue FC for all the wrong reasons.
The New Jersey club could not shake 2018 reports about its poor working conditions and the housing situation for players.
Media surrounded Sky Blue president and general manager Tony Novo about the lack of progress on off-the-field issues and whether he'd be able to sign UCLA's Hailie Mace, the No. 2 pick, and No. 6 selection Julia Ashley,who hails from Verona, New Jersey.
Novo expressed confidence that they would join Sky Blue FC but not surprisingly they both moved to clubs in Europe.
A year later under a new general manager, Alyse LaHue, Sky Blue FC has swung three deals in rapid succession to bring in U.S. national team players. And instead of Yurcak Field on the main campus of Rutgers University, they will play at Red Bull Arena, the home of MLS's Red Bulls across the Hudson River from Manhattan.
Sky Blue FC completed the trifecta of deals over nine days when it sent a package of draft picks to Washington in exchange for Mallory Pugh.
On Jan. 8, Sky Blue FC acquired Midge Purce from Portland in a deal for for the rights to Costa Rican midfielder Raquel Rodriguez. Two days later, it acquired veteran midfielder McCall Zerboni from the North Carolina Courage in exchange for Mace's rights.