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New brand, new mentality? Gotham FC is learning how to win late

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Maybe it’s all in the rebrand.

It has been 14 days since the NJ/NY Gotham FC brand was born, shoving the beleaguered Sky Blue FC into history. During that fortnight, the club unveiled popular new kits and has now won two matches to take control of the East Division of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup. And the special moments are already piling up.

Tuesday night, in the first home match of the year for Gotham, a five-goal, first-half slugfest turned into a more defensive-oriented second half that saw the North Carolina Courage tie the game early followed by more than a half hour of stalemate. In fact, it was the Courage who looked like they had unlocked the match. And then in an instant, Evelyne Viens scored the stoppage-time winner.

“Going up and then going behind, it was tricky,” Gotham head coach Freya Coombe said of a match in which her team led 1-0, trailed 2-1, and then led 3-2. “But we never slowed down. And just the determination and the believe that they’ve got.”

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