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Waived from Gotham FC, Kelly Ann Livingstone sees opportunity with Fortuna Hjørring

The New Jersey native is hoping to expand her horizons through overseas play.

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Imagine being waived from your team just days before preseason. Now, imagine finding yourself a new team all on your own without the help of an agent. This was the situation in which former NJ/NY Gotham FC defender Kelly Ann Livingstone found herself earlier this year.

“I always received great feedback from my coaches and Yael [Averbuch West]. We still have a really good relationship, but it didn’t work out because there’s a new coach coming in and he wanted some extra space on the roster,” Livingstone told The Equalizer. “I was one of those players that maybe he was going to take and maybe he wasn’t, but ultimately it panned out for me to get experience abroad before I come back to the NWSL which is also something I wanted.”

Now, Livingstone is headed over to Denmark to join Fortuna Hjørring of the Kvindeliga. 

“Denmark was one of the top places that I wanted to play in Europe,” she explained. “A friend of mine from [my college team] Georgetown who played on a different team in the league had a contact who was looking for a center back. So I reached out on a whim, and they wanted me! I have an agent, but at the time I was between agents, so I thought, let me just do this myself!”

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