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Gotham re-signs Midge Purce, Ifeoma Onumonu, extends Kristie Mewis

Midge Purce had nine goals last season. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

NJ/NY Gotham FC has made major moves over the past few days, re-signing Ifeoma Onumonu and Midge Purce while extending Kristie Mewis.

The club announced Thursday that it had re-signed Onumonu on a one-year deal. Drafted eight overall in the 2017 NWSL Draft, the forward joined Gotham in 2020. In 2021, she made 25 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals and four assists on the year.

“Ify is everything you want in a 9 in this league,” said head coach Scott Parkinson. “Across goals and assists, she was one of the most productive players in the league. To have her lead our front line for years to come is great news to everyone here at Gotham FC.”

Also re-signing with the club is Purce on a two-year contract. The ninth overall pick in the 2017 NWSL Draft, Purce also arrived via a trade in 2020.

She’ll return for her sixth NWSL season following a 2021 campaign that saw her lead Gotham FC with nine goals while adding one assist and finish second in the race for the NWSL Golden Boot. She started in all 18 of her appearances and logged 1,477 minutes on the pitch.

“Midge is everything we want to be on and off the field,” said Parkinson. “She’s a smart and intelligent footballer that can defend from the front for 90 minutes and is a constant threat when we have the ball. She’s a tough player for teams to silence and we are ecstatic she wants to play her football here in NJ and NY.”

Gotham FC newcomer Kristie Mewis, who was acquired via a trade with San Diego this offseason, was announced to have signed a deal that will keep her with the club through 2024.

Mewis spent the past four seasons with the Houston Dash, logging six goals through 38 appearances. She was also a member of the USWNT team that won bronze in the Tokyo Olympics last summer.

NWSL preseason is slated to begin Feb. 1 but players have recently threatened to not report if a new CBA is not in place by then.