HARRISON, N.J. – NJ/NY Gotham announced Monday that center back Estelle Johnson has signed a new deal that will keep her with the National Women’s Soccer League club though the 2022 season with the option for an additional year.

Johnson was acquired by Gotham FC in a trade with the Washington Spirit in 2019.

“Estelle is such a reliable presence on the back line and we are thrilled to welcome her back for 2022,” Gotham FC assistant general manager Stephanie Lee said in a statement. “As a club, we conceded the second fewest goals in the league this season and Estelle played a big role in that defensive effort. Her experience and leadership are important as we continue to add pieces to this team.”

A veteran of the NWSL, Johnson will embark on her 10th season in the league. The 33-year-old defender has played in 143 games across all competitions while logging more than 12,000 minutes.

During the 2021 season, she recorded one assist and finished with a team-high 29 blocks. Johnson won 70 percent of her duels in the air and maintained a 87.4 percent passing accuracy while averaging 45 passes per match. She earned NWSL team of the month honors in September and was instrumental in keeping Gotham FC unbeaten throughout the month.

As a Cameroon international, Johnson was a fixture for the Indomitable Lionesses in the Women’s World Cup. She played every minute across three group play matches and the Round of 16 match against England.

“We have some unfinished [business] to attend to,” said Johnson. “I’m honored to continue representing Gotham FC and a city that is founded on pride and grit. I’m looking forward to connecting with returning and new players to win an NWSL title.”