NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Friday that defender Imani Dorsey signed a two-year contract with the National Women’s Soccer League club.

Dorsey will return for her fifth season in the league.

“Imani is the heartbeat of our team – our moral compass and a fantastic footballer,” head coach Scott Parkinson said in a statement. “Being able to work with Imani every day is an absolute honor. Her growth over the past couple of years has been amazing and we believe there is plenty more development to go.”

In 2021, the 25-year-old defender made 14 starts in 16 appearances and logged 1,270 minutes. She won 61.5 percent of her tackles, 63.6 percent of her air duels and was part of a back line that conceded the second fewest goals in the league.

“I am so happy to be re-signing with Gotham FC,” Dorsey said in a statement. “This club has become my home and I’m ready to win a title with this group.”

In November, the defender was called up to the U.S. women’s national team for two international friendlies in Australia as she earned her first cap. Dorsey recently was named to Vlatko Andonovski’s 25 player roster for a training camp in Austin, Texas in January, but was ruled out due to injury.

Dorsey was selected fifth overall by Gotham FC (then Sky Blue FC) out of Duke University in the 2018 NWSL Draft. During that season, she scored four goals and added one assist and was named rookie of the year.

She also is one of the founding board members of the Black Women’s Player Collective, a non-profit organization seeking to elevate the image, value, and representation of Black women as athletes and leaders in business, industry, and public and private institutions. Last month she was awarded U.S. Soccer’s first ever One Nation. Social Impact Award for her work with the BWPC and was recently the focus of a Game Changers episode, a series devoted to showcasing the diverse group of athletes competing in the NWSL.

During the 2021 season, Dorsey also served as the club’s ambassador for the Nationwide Community Impact Program. Along with members of Gotham FC’s Player Community Outreach Committee, she worked with a CareSparc, a Newark-based consulting firm, to participate in a Health and Wellness Festival that featured a soccer clinic among other things for local youth.