CARY, N.C. – It looks like North Carolina Courage’s dynamic duo forwards will be around for at least one more year.
Lynn Williams has signed a contract through 2023, the National Women’s Soccer League club announced Monday.
Earlier in the day, the Courage announced it signed striker Jessica McDonald through 2021.
North Carolina used allocation money to complete Williams’ new contract. She has scored more career goals in the NWSL than any other American and has been a member of the NC Courage since 2017 when the Western New York Flash relocated here.
“Lynn is an integral part of our system and her presence stretches teams out and allows our 10’s to utilize their strengths,” Courage head coach Paul Riley said in a statement. “She has considerably developed her game and her thirst and hunger to improve is illustrated on the training field every day. She has become better in every attacking category and it’s a massive boost to our club to have her sign a long-term deal.”
In the recent NWSL Challenge Cup, Williams scored a team-high three goals in five games. She added an assist in 416 minutes during the tournament.
Before joining the NC Courage, Williams won the NWSL Golden Boot with the Flash in 2016. She also was named league MVP that season as she helped lead the Flash to the NWSL championship. Since then, Williams has won two NWSL titles with the Courage and three consecutive NWSL Shields.
Williams has scored 38 goals and added 17 since 2017.
For her work off the field, Williams was named the recipient of the 2019 NC Courage Community Service Award. She led the team in community work and player appearances, many of which included working with youth players.
“Lynn has become one of the best strikers in the league and she continues to work on her finishing and overall game,” Riley said. “Lynn’s leadership, locker room personality, and impact on and off the field is immeasurable. We are delighted to have her back and for Courage fans to see her in her prime over the next few years.”