Allie Long is coming home.
Well, sort of.
Ten years after playing for Sky Blue FC, the Northport, N.Y. native returns to the club as tge veteran midfielder has been acquired by NJ/NY Gotham FC, the National Women’s Soccer League club announced Tuesday morning.
Gotham FC will play its NWSL home matches at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J., and that’s the closest league venue to Long Island.
Long peformed for the U.S. women’s national team at the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France.
In exchange for the 33-year-old Long, Reign FC received $80,000 in allocation money and Gotham FC’s 2022 second round NWSL draft pick. Gotham FC and Reign FC also will swap places in the Discovery Ranking order.
“I am very excited to have Allie join the team,” Gotham FC head coach Freya Coombe said. “Her distribution and ability on the ball are matched with her ability to compete & win tackles off the ball. She has a strong desire to compete and brings a wealth of experience in the league. We have emphasized recruiting players who have won championships and have a highly competitive mentality to achieve our goal of bringing trophies to NJ/NY Gotham FC and Allie embodies that mentality.”
Long joins Gotham FC after three seasons with OL Reign, starting in all 41 of her appearance for the team. In the 2018 and 2019 seasons, she logged 3052 minutes and registered three goals and three assists. During the abbreviated 2020 season, she made six appearances between the Challenge Cup and Fall Series.
Long began her pro career with the Washington Spirit in Women’s Professional Soccer in 2009.
She joined Sky Blue FC (now Gotham FC) in 2011 before being acquired by the Portland Thorns in 2013. She spent five seasons there, winning two NWSL Championships in 2013 and 2017 and making two semifinal appearances in 2014 and 2016. Long topped the NWSL goals leaderboard in 2015 and was named to the NWSL’s Best XI in 2015 and 2016.
She made her debut for the USWNT May 8, 2014 against Canada and has since earned 51 caps and netted eight goals.
“Allie is a player we have admired for awhile, so having this opportunity to bring in another veteran with tremendous experience to Gotham FC is fantastic for our club,” general manager Alyse LaHue said. “We look forward to her joining us and having another New York-native for our fans to cheer on.”
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