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World Cup champion Esther González scores brace in Gotham home debut

Esther Gonzalez impressed in her home debut. (Photo by Ira L. Black - Corbis/Getty Images)

Esther González knows how to put on a show.

In her home debut for Gotham FC, Gonzalez, captain of the Spain national team, scored two goals in the team’s 2-0 win over the Washington Spirit on Saturday.

“I’ve spent a lot of time imagining this moment — getting here, getting to know the city, getting to know my new teammates,” González told the Philadelphia Inquirer earlier in the week. “In Spain, there’s a different playing style that I’m used to, and I’m here to show a new version of myself, get something extra to my game.

“If you’re in a new place with good feelings, everything is easier. I’ve chosen wisely, and this is the place where I can be the best I can.”

Those words proved to be prescient. González’s first goal came in the 65th minute, when she scored with her right foot from the center of the box on a run. But she was not done.

Five minutes later she scored again, this time with her left foot, on an assist from Lynn Williams. She celebrated with her teammates, a wide smile on her face, as the home fans celebrated.

Gonzalez officially debuted for the team on the road, against North Carolina on Sept. 2. She arrived in the NWSL on the heels of Spain’s victory in the World Cup, which has been overshadowed by the controversy surrounding Luis Rubiales, former president of the Spanish Soccer Federation. Rubiales resigned last week stemming from outcry surrounding his unsolicited kiss of star Jenni Hermoso during the medal ceremony.