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NJ/NY Gotham FC signs defender Taylor Smith

Taylor Smith (2). (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

NJ/NY Gotham FC announced Friday that the club has signed defender Taylor Smith to a contract.

Smith previously played with the North Carolina Courage. But on Wednesday the two sides announced that they had mutually agreed to part ways.

She first joined the Courage in 2016 when they were still the Western New York Flash and won a NWSL Championship with the club. After spending time with the Washington Spirit and the now OL Reign, then Reign FC, Smith was traded back to the Courage in December 2020.

Smith has played in four games so far this season, completing 55.6 percent of her passes. She was even better in the Challenge Cup, which the Courage won, with a 65.8 percent success rate on her passes.

“Taylor is going to add another veteran presence to our team,” Gotham FC General Manager Yael Averbuch West said in a statement. “She’s accomplished and versatile and has championship experience, which will go a long way as we continue to shape our culture.”

Gotham FC is back in action on Saturday, July 2, following the international break.