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Lynn Williams scores game-winner in Gotham FC debut despite arm injury

Lynn Williams scored the game-winning goal in Gotham FC's season-opening win against Angel City FC. (Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports)

If you ask Lynn Williams, you don’t need arms to play soccer.

The 29-year-old forward landed on her arm after going up for a header in the first half of Sunday’s match. While she knew something was wrong with the arm, she simply had the training staff put in a splint and got back to work, scoring the game-winning goal in her Gotham FC debut to help propel the club to a 2-1 win over Angel City.

The goal was the 58th of her regular season career, extending her lead as the highest-scoring American player in NWSL history. She now sits one behind Canada’s Christine Sinclair for second place overall, with Australia’s Sam Kerr as the all-time scoring leader.

“There was nobody taking her off that pitch today,” Gotham coach Juan Carlos Amorós said.

Speaking about her arm injury after the game, Williams said she would “get it looked at” Monday.

Gotham wanted to win three points on the road, according to Williams, particularly in Angel City’s atmosphere, which is among the best in the league despite the club starting play just last season. While Williams found it hard at times to hear her teammates, they showed grit when needed, she said. And the injury wasn’t going to slow her down.

“I’m not one to pull myself out of the game,” she said. “It’s an arm. I need my legs to play soccer, not my arm.

“I’m a fighter and a little fall is not going to stop me from playing. We want to come out here and we want to get three points so, I’ll put my body on the line to do that.”