Updated: Mar 29, 2022
Photo Credit: Gotham FC
About Jennifer Cudjoe:
Sky Blue FC obtained Jennifer Cudjoe after impressing at an open tryout. Jennifer signed a short-term contract and was thrust into the starting lineup for the inaugural Challenge Cup in 2020. Jennifer was a tournament standout and was signed to a multi-year contract shortly after.
Jennifer has represented the Ghana women’s national team at the u-17 and U-20 world cups. Was named by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana as 2015 National Footballer of the Year.
Jennifer was taken by Racing Louisville in their 2021 expansion draft, only for Sky blue to send a second round draft pick and 35k in allocation money to return fan favorite Cudjoe to the team.
The 5'6 central midfielder is a unique talent. There may be no stronger NWSL player on the ball than Cudjoe. Her ability to navigate tight spaces with strength and cleverness is unmatched. Jennifer is very hard to take off the ball. In 2021 Jennifer completed 81 percent of her passes and was successful on 82 percent of her dribbles. Defensively, Jennifer completed 62 percent of her tackles and had 8 interceptions. (stat credit: Fotmob). A true two way central midfielder.
Highlights: #6 Jennifer Cudjoe showcasing her ability on the ball, vision, passing acumen and defensive bite.
Activism: Jennifer is one member of the Black Women's Players Collective which also includes Gotham FC players Imani Dorsey and Ifeoma Onumonu. The BWPC is an organization of over 40 black women competing in the NWSL.
Former Head Coach Freya Coombe on signing Jennifer after the challenge cup.
"I am really pleased to have Jennifer continue with the team following her successful debut at the Challenge Cup," said Sky Blue FC Head Coach Freya Coombe. "Jennifer eats, sleeps, and breathes football. Her enthusiasm is infectious in the team. She brings a different dimension to the midfield and I look forward to helping her continue on the next step of her incredible journey."
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