NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Thursday that forward Margaret “Midge” Purce signed a two-year contract and will return to the National Women’s Soccer League team.

Purce led Gotham FC with nine goals last season, finished second in the NWSL Golden Boot Race as the team qualified for the playoffs. She also had an assist.

“Midge is everything we want to be on and off the field,” Gotham FC head coach Scott Parkinson said in a statement. “She’s a smart and intelligent footballer that can defend from the front for 90 minutes and is a constant threat when we have the ball. She’s a tough player for teams to silence and we are ecstatic she wants to play her football here in NJ and NY.”

Purce will return to Gotham FC for her sixth NWSL season following a breakout campaign. Her dynamic play late in the season helped her win NWSL October player of the month.

In November, Purce was named to the U.S. women’s national team roster ahead of two international friendlies in Australia. Purce, who has nine caps, was one of the 26 names named by head coach Vlatko Andonovski to the USWNT training camp roster in Austin, Texas this month.

Purce was drafted ninth overall by the Boston Breakers out of Harvard University in the 2017 NWSL Draft. She joined came Gotham FC (then Sky Blue FC) via a trade with the Portland Thorns in 2020.

Gotham FC begins the preseason on Feb. 1 before kicking off the 2022 season on Saturday, March 19, with group play for the NWSL Challenge Cup.