Ifeoma Onumonu is one of several returning players to Gotham FC. (Photo courtesy of Gotham FC)
NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Wednesday an updated 30-player pre-season roster for the National Women’s Soccer League season.
The season begins with group play in the NWSL Challenge Cup on Saturday, March 19, which will be followed by a 28-match regular season.
Among the players returning to Gotham FC are forwards Paige Monaghan, Ifeoma Onumonu and Margaret “Midge” Purce, midfielders Nicole Baxter, Jennifer Cudjoe, Nahomi Kawasumi, Allie Long, Domi Richardson and McCall Zerboni, and defenders Imani Dorsey, Caprice Dydasco, Sabrina Flores, Mandy Freeman, Estelle Johnson and Gina Lewandowski.
The club also acquired several new players, including defender Ali Krieger, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris, goalkeeper Michelle Betos, U.S. women’s national team midfielder Kristie Mewis and forward Kumi Yokohama.
Krieger and Harris, who have numerous years of USWNT experience, were acquired in a trade with the Orlando Pride. Mewis, a nine-year NWSL veteran, most recently played for the Houston Dash before being selected by the San Diego Wave in the 2022 NWSL expansion draft and then traded to Gotham FC. Yokohama was traded to Gotham FC after spending three seasons with the Washington Spirit.
“We are very happy with the quality of our team,” head coach Scott Parkinson said in a statement. “We are trying to build something very special here. It takes time, be we are well on our way. It’s not only the individuals quality that’s impressive to us, it’s our depth that is exciting our staff. We have brough in lots of players this year with WC golds, to up and coming young stars of the future. With it being an expansion year and the retirement of Carli [Lloyd], we believe we’ve done a great job to keep us driving forward. Now we have out internationals back from representing their nations, it’s full steam ahead with everyone here in preseason.”
More recent signings included defender Ellie Jean, who returned to the United States after playing for PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands) and forward Cameron Tucker, who signed with Gotham FC out of Brigham Young University.
Also joining the team this year are former 2021 draft picks, Delanie Sheehan and Taryn Torres. Sheehan and Torres will start their NWSL careers after playing with Paris FC and the University of Virginia, respectively.
Gotham FC Pre-Season Roster (29 players)
GOALKEEPERS (3): Michelle Betos, Hensley Hancuff (NRI), Ashlyn Harris
DEFENDERS (10): Imani Dorsey, Caprice Dydasco, Sabrina Flores, Mandy Freeman, Ellie Jean, Estelle Johnson, Ali Krieger, Gina Lewandowski, Kelly Ann Livingstone (NRI), Amanda Visco (NRI)
MIDFIELDERS (10): Nicole Baxter, Jennifer Cudjoe (INTL), Naho Kawasumi (INTL), Allie Long, Kristie Mewis, Domi Richardson, Delanie Sheehan, Taryn Torres, McCall Zerboni
FORWARDS (6): Jenna Bike (NRI), Paige Monaghan, Ifeoma Onumonu, Margaret “Midge” Purce, Cameron Tucker, Kumi Yokoyama
NRI: Non-roster invitee
NYR: Not yet reported