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Former UMFK player competes in the NWSL

Cudjoe helped lead UMFK to National Championship in 2016.
Cudjoe helped lead UMFK to National Championship in 2016.(Rene Cloukey)
Published: Jul. 17, 2020 at 2:18 PM EDT
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University of Maine Fort Kent graduate Jen Cudjoe and her Sky Blue FC team are preparing for the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup match with Washington. Cudjoe played both Junior College and College soccer and also played for Ghana in three FIFA U 20 International tournaments. As expected she said the skill level in the NWSL is the best that she has competed against.

Jen Cudjoe:” The under 20 is still intense and still the same just the players are under 20 and this league has more experienced players so the youngest is probably 20 or 22. It is all a little higher than the U 20 and compare it to college is way different. College is amazing, but it can not compare to this level.”

Are any of the National team members playing in this tournament Jen or are they taking time off?

Cudjoe:” There is National Team members on most every team. A few of them are not here, but most of them are here.”

You seem to be getting more and more minutes each time are you gaining confidence or are they just understanding your role with the team more?

Cudjoe:” All I know is going out there and do my best all the time. Do what can help the team. For me it is getting an understanding and getting the confidence.”

You don’t have a contract for after this tournament, but the goal is that you are going to stick around with the National Women’s League.

Cudjoe:”It has been my goal for years and I started to towards my professional career when I was young. I always wanted to play in this league. I want to play for a long time. Play and see how my future will be. For now I am looking to play in this league for as long as I can.”

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