In two moves to bolster the team’s attack, NJ/NY Gotham FC acquired U.S. women’s national team forward Lynn Williams in a draft-night trade with the Kansas City Current and selected Florida State University forward and MAC Hermann Award finalist Jenna Nighswonger with the fourth overall pick of the National Women’s Soccer League draft in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Gotham FC also selected University of Arizona midfielder Iliana Hocking as the 44th overall pick.

Williams, 29, has won three league championships in addition to being named the NWSL MVP and NWSL Golden Boot winner in the same season. Williams, who is second all-time in the league in goals and assists, was acquired in exchange for the second overall pick in the 2023 NWSL Draft.

“Lynn Williams is a proven goal scorer who plays to her strengths and to the strengths of those around her,” Gotham FC head coach Juan Carlos Amorós said in a statement. “She is a player who can get in behind the defense to create chances and can support holding up the play. Lynn is a great finisher in the box and a both-sided player who leads the forward line with an attitude and work ethic that presses the opposition.”

Along with Gotham FC teammates in forward Midge Purce and midfielder Kristie Mewis, Williams is part of the 24-player USWNT roster training in New Zealand for two international friendlies. Since earning her first call-up in 2016, Williams has featured in 47 appearances, scoring 14 goals, recording 10 assists and heading the USWNT to an Olympic bronze-medal at the Tokyo Games in 2021.

“We are incredibly proud to welcome Lynn Williams to Gotham FC,” general manager and head of soccer operations Yael Averbuch West said in a statement. “Lynn is one of the most respected players in the League and her accomplishments in NWSL and with the U.S. Women’s National Team speak for themselves. Beyond her elite talent, Lynn is a leader and a champion. She wins wherever she goes. She epitomizes everything our club stands for and aspires to be. The arrival of Lynn Williams to Gotham FC makes this a monumental day for our team and our fans.”

Nighswonger recorded six goals and 16 assists in 22 games while leading Florida State to its third consecutive College Cup. She was named Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament MVP and was honored by the United Soccer Coaches as a first team All-American. Her 34 career assists ranked Nighswonger second all-time in the school’s record books.

“We acquired the fourth pick specifically with the aim of adding Jenna to our team,” Averbuch West said. “She is a player who we feel will adapt quickly to NWSL, has enormous potential, and fits well into what we are building.”

Added Nighswonger: “I’m really excited to be drafted by Gotham FC. My entire focus is on getting ready to join the team in camp and begin my professional career.”