Free agent defender Kristen Edmonds, from Metuchen, N.J. is coming home.

NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Thursday it had signed Edmonds to a two-year contract.

A former Rutgers University standout, Edmonds most recently played the last two National Women’s Soccer League seasons with the Kansas City Current.

“I am so excited to make this move to Gotham FC and I am looking forward to this new challenge with this club,” Edmonds said in a statement. “I’ve worked really hard for a long time and I’ve fought for this dream with a lot of passion all over the world and this country. It all started in New Jersey, and to come full circle with my family in the stands for all of our home games is something super special to me. I’m thankful for this opportunity and eager to get started with the new staff and my new teammates!”

She started 44 games over the last two seasons for Kansas City Current, including all three playoff matches in the team’s run to the 2022 NWSL final. During the 2021 campaign, Edmonds led the team in starts (21) and minutes (1,721) while serving as captain for six matches.

Edmonds played five seasons for the Orlando Pride, scoring 10 goals in 72 appearances. In her first season with Orlando, she led the team in scoring and assists. Edmonds started her NWSL career with the Western New York Flash, making 29 starts in 31 matches over two seasons.

She began her professional career in Iceland, helping Stjarnin to the league title and the Icelandic Women’s Cup Championship in 2011. She then played for WFC Rossiyanka of the Russian Premier League, competing in the UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Edmonds starred at Rutgers from 2005-08. In her freshman year, she became the first rookie to lead the Scarlet Knights in scoring since Carli Lloyd. As a senior, she started all 22 games, recording five goals and six assists.

“Kristen is an outstanding veteran NWSL defender whose experience, leadership, and dedication to team play make her a key addition to the club we are building at Gotham FC,” Gotham general manager and head of soccer operations Yael Averbuch West said in a statement. “We are delighted to bring her home to New Jersey.”