HARRISON, N.J. — For Paige Monaghan, being able to step on the field at Red Bull Arena Sunday as a professional athlete was “surreal.”
A striker from Roxbury, she’d been to the stadium many times while growing up. But she never expected to get an opportunity to play there, not even after being drafted by and signing with Sky Blue FC in the National Women’s Soccer League.
Sky Blue settled for a 1-1 draw with Reign FC, the home team of United States Women’s World Cup veterans Megan Rapinoe and Allie Long.
Both goals were scored in a span of less than two minutes midway through the first half, with Long registering an assist on Reign’s goal. Carli Lloyd of Delran, Sky Blue’s WWC star, started in midfield.
Rapinoe was listed with a left Achilles injury, and did not play Sunday. She has not played a minute in a NWSL match this season, but she was at Red Bull Arena and spoke about soccer’s pay disparity during halftime of the TV broadcast.