NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Tuesday forward Ifeoma Onumonu signed to a three-year contract with the club through the 2025 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Since her acquisition in a trade with OL Reign in January 2020, Onumonu has made 61 appearances in the regular season, Fall Series and Challenge Cup tournament. She has recorded 14 goals and nine assists. Onumonu was the eighth overall draft pick by the Boston Breakers in the 2017 NWSL Draft.
“I’m really excited to sign on long-term with Gotham FC!” Onumonu said in a statement. “It’s been a journey already with this club and I’m looking forward to many more years competing to be the best team in the NWSL. The club and community around me has truly made me feel valued as a player. Although this past year has been a difficult one, the fans never left our side. I’m happy to be fighting for this club and excited about what we’ll be able to accomplish together.”
A member of the Nigerian national team, the 28-year-old Onumonu had her first call-up in June 2021, prior to three international friendlies as part of U.S. Soccer’s Summer Series. This year, Onumonu was a key player for Nigeria in the Women’s African Cup of Nations. She had played for the U.S. Under-23 national team.
Onumonu was a standout at University of California-Berkeley from 2012-16. She scored 33 goals, was named Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2012, and earned two All-Pac-12 first Ttam and one second team honors. Other collegiate honors included being selected National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Pacific and to the Pac-12 All-Academic Team three times. She also was named Freshman All-American by Soccer America.
“Ifeoma Onumonu is a dynamic attacking player who provides a constant threat as a playmaker and goal scorer,” Gotham FC general manager and head of soccer operations Yael Averbuch said in a statement. “Ify is an essential part of our future vision at Gotham FC, and our club is proud to reach an agreement with her on a long-term contract.”