Notebook: Gibbons announces retirement; Kgatlana named CAF Player of the Year; England roster announced
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Gibbons played two seasons in the NWSL (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/
Gibbons played two seasons in the NWSL (Photo credit: Howard C. Smith/

Over the weekend, Sky Blue FC defender Christina Gibbons announced her retirement from professional soccer.

Gibbons joined Sky Blue ahead of the 2018 season after playing her rookie city with FC Kansas City. Gibbons was picked up by the New Jersey club via trade from Utah Royals FC ahead of the 2018 season which sent Kelley O’Hara and Taylor Lytle to Utah in exchange for Gibbons and Shea Groom.

With Sky Blue, Gibbons played in 18 games for 1,430 minutes. The defender made 34 clearances, 29 interceptions and 13 blocks.

Gibbons posted her decision to retire on her Instagram on Saturday.

Last week, Houston Dash forward Thembi Kgatlana was named the 2018 African Women’s Player of the Year.


England named their 28-player roster for their first training camp of the year. Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly, Orlando Pride forward Chioma Ubogagu and Seattle Reign FC forward Jodie Taylor were all named to the roster.

The Lionesses will travel to Aspire Academy in Doha to begin their training for the SheBelieves Cup in February and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup this summer.

On Jan. 11, the Washington Spirit announced that they have waived goalkeeper Kelsey Wys. According to the press release, Wys requested to be waived to pursue opportunities overseas. Wys made one appearance in goal for the Spirit in 2018.

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