NJ/NY Gotham FC has signed forward Jenna Bike and Amanda Visco to National Team Replacement Player contracts ahead of the upcoming international window, the National Women’s Soccer League team announced on Monday.

Gotham FC has four players (Estelle Johnson (Cameroon), Ifeoma Onumonu (Nigeria), Kristie Mewis and Midge Purce (both U.S.) representing their countries during the Women’s World Cup qualifiers in July.

Bike was invited to preseason camp and is a product of Boston College, where she was a two-time captain. She was a force for the Eagles, registering 18 goals and 15 assists in 89 games from 2016-21. The Trumbull, Conn. native also led BC in shots in her final two seasons.

Visco, a local product out of Rutgers University, has previous professional experience overseas with Santa Teresa de Badajoz (Spain), Apollon Ladies FC (Cyprus) and Valadares Gaia FC (Portugal). With the Scarlet Knights, Visco was a 2019 All-Big Ten and All-Region Selection. She saw action in 83 games during her collegiate career, scoring six goals from the back line. As a sophomore, Visco anchored Rutgers’ defense to a program-record 924:07 shutout streak.

Gotham FC is back in action Saturday, July 2 when the Chicago Red Stars visit Red Bull Arena at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can also catch all the action live on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Twitch internationally.


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Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.