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Jónsdóttir making Royal name for herself in NWSL

Gunny Jónsdóttir has gone from a relative unknown to a household name for the Utah Royals. (photo by Roscoe Myrick, courtesy of Utah Royals FC)

When the Utah Royals FC began announced the signing of Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir, many NWSL fans had never heard of the Icelandic international.

That changed changed when, in the third minute of the Royals season opener, Jónsdóttir got on the end of a Diana Matheson cross and knocked it home for the first ever goal in Utah Royals history. Since then Jónsdóttir has become somewhat of a household name around the league.

“It was a good feeling, it helped [me] get a little bit of confidence in this league,” Jónsdóttir told The Equalizer. “But overall, I’m just glad we scored as a team, whether it was me or someone else. I would have wanted to get the win, but I always want to help the team as much as I can, and if that’s scoring, I will try my best.”

Although it was the first goal Jónsdóttir scored for the Royals, it was by no means the first goal she’s scored on U.S. soil.

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