“Casey is one of the best attacking players currently available,” Sky Blue FC head coach Jim Gabarra stated. “She can turn the game with a moment of brilliance, and we are fortunate to be able to add her to our roster. I look forward to seeing her on a daily basis rather than have to find a way to defend her as an opponent."
Gabarra holds a special connection to the Nogueira family, playing professionally with her father, Victor, as a member of the San Diego Sockers in the Major Indoor Soccer League (MISL) from 1989-1991 and the Milwaukee Wave of the National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) from 1992-93. The duo also won an MISL Championship together when they brought the league crown to San Diego in 1991.
When she played college soccer at the University of North Carolina, Nogueira was a member of two NCAA College Cup Championship sides in 2006 and 2008. The 2008 season was her junior year of play, and the San Diego native led the Tar Heels by registering 21 goals. She also tallied a pair of scores in the NCAA Championship Game that year in a 2-1 win over the University of Notre Dame. Nogueira was then the eighth overall selection by the Los Angeles Sol in the 2010 WPS Draft before moving to the Chicago Red Stars when the Sol closed operations. She made her professional debut against Sky Blue FC in its 2010 season opener, eventually recording three goals and four assists during her time in the Windy City. Nogueira has also made an impression on the international scene, tallying her first of five total caps with the U.S. National Team in 2007.
“We are very excited to add a young player who possesses the offensive prowess that Casey has,” Sky Blue FC General Manger Gioia DiFlumeri said. “Not only will she be able to make an immediate impression on our team, but she is a player who will excite our great fans for many years to come.”