WPS Champs Sky Blue FC Form Partnership with Lakewood BlueClaws

What's News Correspondent IMarch 21, 2010

Defending Women's Professional Soccer champions Sky Blue FC announced that the team has formed a partnership with the Lakewood BlueClaws, Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies. The two New Jersey-based teams will assist one another in marketing efforts, while also providing support in ticket promotions.

"This is a perfect partnership between two high-level sports teams that both provide affordable family entertainment," Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone stated. "Sky Blue FC is excited to get to know the BlueClaws fans, as well as, to introduce our fans to BlueClaws baseball."

The BlueClaws play in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League, and the team plays its home games at FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood Township. Similar to Sky Blue FC, the BlueClaws are defending league champions this year after winning the South Atlantic League crown in 2009.

The title was the second in the history of the franchise, with its first championship coming in 2006. A few of the notable alumni from the BlueClaws include 2006 Major League Baseball MVP Ryan Howard and 2008 World Series MVP Cole Hamels.

"We're happy to be a part of Sky Blue FC's upcoming season, as well as, being a continued partner through the years to come," BlueClaws General Manager Geoff Brown said of the partnership.

The BlueClaws will play its 2010 home opener on Friday, April 16, when it hosts the Greensboro Grasshoppers at 7:05 p.m. For more information on the BlueClaws, visit www.BlueClaws.com. 

Sky Blue FC will open its 2010 season on Sunday, April 11, when the team hosts the Chicago Red Stars at 6:00 p.m. Sky Blue FC plays its home contests at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, and tickets for its upcoming season of play are available now by calling 1-888-SBFC-TIX or logging onto SkyBlueFC.com

About Sky Blue FC
Operated by Sky Blue Soccer, Sky Blue FC is the New Jersey/New York franchise in Women's Professional Soccer. In 2009, Sky Blue FC captured the inaugural WPS Championship presented by MedImmune with an inspirational run through the playoffs.

Sky Blue FC plays its home matches at Yurcak Field on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey, and the team will play its 2010 WPS home opener on Sunday, April 11th, against the Chicago Red Stars.  For additional information, visit www.SkyBlueFC.com or follow all the latest news at www.twitter.com/SkyBlueFC or www.Facebook.com/SkyBlueFC.

About Women's Professional Soccer (WPS)

Women's Professional Soccer (WPS), with eight teams across the United States, features the best players from around the world. Sky Blue FC of New Jersey became the first-ever WPS Champions in 2009.

The 2010 24-game schedule runs from April 10-September 12 and includes six original WPS teams—Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, FC Gold Pride (Bay Area), Saint Louis Athletica, Sky Blue FC (NJ/NY), and Washington Freedom—and two expansion teams, Atlanta Beat and Philadelphia Independence.

For more information, visit the WPS official website at www.womensprosoccer.com or follow all the news at www.twitter.com/womensprosoccer .

The previous story is printed from a press release as part of an agreement with Bleacher Report and the WPS to help promote the league. What's News is the alternate profile of writer, Todd Civin, and is used for press releases only.