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Gotham FC first NWSL team eliminated from playoff contention

Ashlyn Harris #18 of NJ/NY Gotham FC clears the ball in the second half of the National Women's Soccer League match Houston Dash at Red Bull Arena on July 31, 2022 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images)

NJ/NY Gotham FC’s playoff hopes are officially dashed, with the club the first NWSL team to be eliminated from postseason contention.

Gotham FC has 27 max available points in play, which the Chicago Red Stars matched during their 2-2 draw against OL Reign Friday, bouncing the NJ/NY club from the playoffs.

Faltering to a 4-13-0 record, Gotham FC sits at the bottom of the table amid an eight-game losing streak. The slide prompted General Manager Yael Averbuch West to address the team’s form following their Sept. 4 loss to the North Carolina Courage.

“I assure you all, we are NOT ok with being at the bottom of the table,” Averbuch West responded to a Tweet from The Athletic’s Meg Linehan. “To Meg’s point, this position is all too common for this club.”

Gotham FC headed into the 2022 season with high hopes following a series of quality signings, acquiring Kristie Mewis, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris in the offseason.

This year’s campaign, however, has failed to live up to the team’s pre-season expectations, with the club enduring a series of setbacks culminating with the firing of head coach Scott Parkinson in August.

Gotham FC has also withstood a series of personnel changes, with Allie Long on maternity leave, Imani Dorsey and Harris battling injury at various points and 2021 NWSL Defender of the Year Caprice Dydasco traded to the Houston Dash.

“We are working, alongside ownership, on our on-field club identity, just as the club re-branded off the field about a year and a half ago. As we work to identify our next Head Coach and look at our roster for 2023, we recognize the need for an identity that goes beyond who is currently here,” Averbuch West said.

With the playoffs out of the picture, Gotham FC will use their final five regular season games to build on something for next year.

“We feel very hopeful as we create this blueprint and we are grateful for those of you who have stuck with us to support up until this point,” Averbuch added. “We urge you all to see this time as the beginning of a journey!”