NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Friday that the club has signed Iceland women’s national team forward Svava Rós Guðmundsdóttir to a two-year contract.
Guðmundsdóttir scored six goals in 22 games last season with SK Brann in Norway’s top flight, the Toppserien, as her club finished first and qualified for the UEFA Women’s Champions League. The 5-7 forward has played for the Icelandic national side since 2017 and has scored two goals in 36 appearances.
“Svava is a versatile forward with the ability to score and create goals,” Gotham FC head coach Juan Carlos Amorós said in a statement. “She occupies the back line and constantly applies pressure. She has the knowledge to understand different moments of the game and the physical ability to get behind the opposition back line and be effective in the box. Svava also has a lot of valuable experience in international competitions. She is a team player and I’m confident she will help us in our growth as a team at Gotham FC.”
In a professional career that began at age 15 with Valur in the top-tier Icelandic league, Guðmundsdóttir’s most prolific season was in 2018 when she scored 14 goals in 21 games with Roa IL of the Toppserien to help lead her club to a 10-2-10 record. She has also played for Breiðablik in Iceland, Kristianstads DFF in Sweden, and FC Girondins de Bordeaux in France.
“I’m very excited to be joining Gotham FC and to have the opportunity to represent such an incredible organization,” Guðmundsdóttir said in a statement. “The club’s mentality about pushing boundaries and putting women’s soccer at the forefront of professional sports, as well as their desire to build a championship-contending team, is extremely inspiring to me.
“One of my career goals has always been to someday play in the NWSL, and I could not think of a better club to do this with than Gotham FC. This league is incredibly competitive because of the quality of players on every team and the intensity of every match. Not only am I looking forward to the level of play, but also the quality of infrastructure that is setting the example for women’s soccer everywhere.”