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Gotham stars set to ring in New Year with Times Square ball drop

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Ali Krieger raises the NWSL Championship trophy surrounded by her Gotham FC teammates. (Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Gotham FC is headed to Times Square for New Year’s Eve.

Ali Krieger, Kelley O’Hara and Midge Purce are set to lead the 60-second countdown into 2024. The NWSL champions will be recognized as the official special guests for the famed celebration in New York City.

As part of the countdown, the trio will push the crystal button set on the main stage in Times Square, which will start the ball drop.

Krieger, O’Hara and Purce join an annual tradition for New Year’s Eve that dates back to the mid-1990s. Previous special guests include former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Lady Gaga and Muhammad Ali.

“As we bring 2023 to a close, we are excited to welcome the city’s newest champion – NJ/NY Gotham FC – to our global celebration,” said Tom Harris, president of the Times Square Alliance. “There is no better place and no bigger party to celebrate NJ/NY Gotham FC than Times Square New Year’s Eve.”

Jeff Straus, president of Countdown Entertainment, which helps to put on the event, said they are “proud” to honor Gotham FC and the club’s first NWSL championship.

“The team serves as an inspiration for hard work and perseverance and their positivity and energy will carry with us into 2024,” he said.

The ball drop continues what has been a star-studded championship tour for Gotham FC, which has included ringing the opening bell on Wall Street and making an appearance on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live.”