Gotham FC

NJ/NY Gotham FC introduces four new signings

NJ/NY Gotham FC introduced their four new players at an event fit for champions.

The reigning NWLS Champions added four U.S. Women's National Team members during the second-ever free agency in National Women's Soccer League history: Crystal Dunn, Tierna Davidson, Rose LaVelle, and Emily Sonnett. The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center set the stage for the official signings' first media time as Gotham players.

Emily Sonnett and Rose LaVelle are both joining Gotham from Seattle Reign FC. When asked about joining their new club, Sonnett gave some of her reasoning for picking the Bats. "I am excited to join not only the on-field but the off-field...overall vision of the club." LaVelle echoed Sonnett's sentiments, saying, "I think Juan [head coach Amorós] really sold a great vision of what this club wants to get to. We all wanted to be apart of it."

When asked about the decision to go to Gotham, a recurring theme was the team's culture. Tierna Davidson explained her reasonings when asked why she chose Gotham. "I was really excited by the passion, the intelligence of the coaches, of the organization, that was something really important to me as I was looking in my free agency journey," Davidson said. "And then also too the culture of the team, the chemistry of the team they seem very close and very tight knitted and willing to work for each other."

The new players were asked about Gotham FC being the new "super team" in New York. "I think it is always exciting to be on a team with many great players," LaVelle told the media. "I think nothing's given; everything's earned, so I think people are saying this is a super team, but we still have to show up and put in the work and put the product on the field."

Being a part of New York sports should mean having the backing of passionate fans. Long Island, New York native Crystal Dunn challenged those who say they are New York sports fans. "I'm going to be applying a bit of pressure on those that they say they are sports fans in this area," she said. "To me, talk is cheap. If you say that you're gonna support sports in this area then there is no reason why you are not making that trip to Red Bull Arena."

The first opportunity to get out and see the Bats at Red Bull Arena is less than two months away. It was also announced at the press conference that the NWSL Challenge Cup will be played in Harrison. Gotham FC will host the winners of the NWSL Shield, San Diego Wave FC, on March 15th at 8 p.m.