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Lynn Williams trade highlights Gotham’s active draft-day rebuild

Plus, Gotham’s fourth pick Jenna Nighswonger talks exclusively with The Equalizer

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PHILADELPHIA — Gotham FC started out the off-season strong, signing a slew of free agents, making impactful trades, and setting themselves up for a solid night during the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League Draft on Thursday night in Philadelphia.

That included a stunning trade announcement that sent their number two pick to Kansas City in return for U.S. Women’s National Team star and three-time NWSL Champion Lynn Williams.

“I’m really happy with where we’re going,” Gotham FC General Manager Yael Averbuch West said. “The work is never done. It’s a constant process to evaluate the work that we’re doing. If we were to look at some of the areas we identified where to strengthen and the way we want to approach it, we really made significant strides in our goals for the off-season. But like I said, the work isn’t done and we’re continuing to evaluate.”

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