Jersey Sky Blue has added another international player to its roster for it's first-ever W-League season with the announcement Wednesday by Sky Blue Soccer that Susanna Lehtinen will join the team. The Finland national team player was a regular with her national side in 2006 and is also a standout at Florida Atlantic University. Jersey Sky Blue will be making its debut in the W-League as an expansion franchise in 2007.
Lehtinen becomes the fourth international signing for Jersey Sky Blue following Formiga of Brazil, Erla Arnardóttir of Iceland, and Lara Dickenmann of Switzerland.
After starring for Finland on its youth national teams on the Under-17, U-19, and U-21 levels, Lehtinen has become a regular with the full Finnish squad. In 2006, Lehtinen appeared in 11 of the team's 12 matches playing the full 90 minutes in every outing. Her appearances included the Algarve Cup and qualifying matches for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. In total, Lehtinen has 13 caps for the full Finland team.
"Susanna will add more international experience to the team -- she has been a mainstay in the Finnish first eleven as of late," said Jersey Sky Blue Head Coach Charlie Naimo.
Lehtinen has also been a three-year mainstay for Florida Atlantic helping the team to a 38-16-6 mark during that span while amassing career totals of 17 goals, 29 assists, and 63 points. As a junior in 2006, she posted five goals and eight assists while helping the Owls to an 11-8-2 mark in their first year as a member of the Sun Belt Conference. She was honored with All-Sun Belt second team and Sun Belt Conference All- Tournament honors.