HARRISON, N.J. – NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Thursday night that it had acquired U.S. women’s national team midfielder Kristie Mewis from the San Diego Wave in exchange for $200,000 in allocation money.

Mewis was San Diego’s first selection in the National Women’s Soccer League Expansion Draft.

“Kristie is the exact type of player we’re looking for at Gotham FC,” Gotham FC general manager Yael Averbuch West said in a statement. “She’s fought extremely hard to come back from some early adversity in her career and has transformed herself into a tremendous player. She’ll fit right in thanks to her dedication, passion, and grit.”

A nine-year NWSL veteran, Mewis joins Gotham FC following five seasons with the Houston Dash in which she helped lead the team to the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup championship. Her performance with the Dash propelled her back into the USWNT picture after a five-year long absence since making her last appearance with the USWNT in 2014.

In 2020, she scored her first goal in 2,722 days, the longest span between goals in U.S. history, and in her resurgence has since gone on to score two more goals and collect four assists.

“Bringing Kristie here instantly makes us a better team,” Gotham FC head coach Scott Parkinson said in a statement. “She excels in so many facets of the game and the quality she displays in the final third is world-class. I cannot wait to start working with her.”