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Allie Long is coming home.
NJ/NY Gotham FC have acquired the midfielder from OL Reign in exchange for allocation money and a second-round pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft. Long, who grew up on Long Island, will begin her second stint with the club after playing for Sky Blue FC in 2011.
Long spent three years with the Reign after arriving in 2018 from Portland, where she won two NWSL championships in 2013 and ’17. She also topped the goals leaderboard in 2015 and was named to the NWSL’s Best XI in 2015 and ’16.
With the Reign, she recorded three goals and three assists in 41 starts, playing a total of 3,563 minutes for the club. She had signed a contract extension this past February.
Long also has 51 caps with the United States women’s national team and was a member of the 2019 World Cup-winning squad.
“Allie has been an important part of the club since her arrival and played a crucial role in our run to the playoffs in 2018 and 2019,” OL Reign CEO Bill Predmore said in a press release. “Parting with a player of Allie’s caliber is always a difficult decision. The assets we acquired in this trade will directly support our efforts to build a roster capable of competing for a championship this season.”
Gotham, who currently lead the East Division, should benefit from Long’s playmaking ability and veteran leadership.
“I am very excited to have Allie join the team,” Gotham FC head coach Freya Coombe said. “Her distribution and ability on the ball are matched with her ability to compete & win tackles off the ball. She has a strong desire to compete and brings a wealth of experience in the league. We have emphasized recruiting players who have won championships and have a highly competitive mentality to achieve our goal of bringing trophies to NJ/NY Gotham FC and Allie embodies that mentality.”
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