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Brazilian defender Bruninha extends with Gotham FC through 2025

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NJ/NY Gotham FC announced on Thursday that Brazilian star Bruninha will remain with the club through 2025. The defender signed with Gotham in August 2022 through 2023 following a transfer from Santos FC of the Brazilian first division league Brasileirão Feminino Neoenergia.

Bruninha has excelled for both club and country since signing for Gotham. She has been a stalwart defender for Gotham this season appearing in 16 games and earning 14 starts across all competitions. In May, Bruninha became the youngest player in club history to score in National Women’s Soccer League competition at the age of 20. Her growing list of accolades includes NWSL Bud Light Player of the Week for Week 9, NWSL Save of the Week for Week 10 (shared with Gotham FC goalkeeper Abby Smith), and NWSL Best XI for the month of May.

On the global stage, Bruninha made her FIFA Women’s World Cup debut appearance this summer in Brazil’s 4-0 win over Panama in the Group Stage. She has earned six total caps and four starts for the senior team and has notched two assists in that time.

“I am thrilled to continue my career at Gotham FC and to be a part of the great future that the club is building here,” said Bruninha. “The inspiring environment encourages me to give my all every day in training and at games, and I am enjoying life both on and off the field in New Jersey and New York.”

“As we continue building on the long-term vision for Gotham FC to perennially be among the top teams in the league, Bruninha is a crucial and consistent piece of maintaining a strong defensive unit,” said Gotham FC General Manager and Head of Soccer Operations Yael Averbuch West. “Her skill and international experience are important elements that contribute to the solid core of strong players around her.”

In the team’s most recent match against Racing Louisville, Bruninha showed exactly why she has become an integral part of this Gotham side. On both sides of the ball, Bruninha exemplified her importance for a team that employs a high press and relies on its outside backs to attack and defend in equal measure. Paired with rookie Jenna Nighswonger on the left, the two young defenders utilize both the skill and speed that fits into coach Juan Carlos Amorós’ system.

“Bruninha has understood really well our playing style and has adapted fantastically to it. She is definitely someone who can help the growth of the club and is a pleasure to work with her every day,” said Gotham FC head coach Juan Carlos Amorós. “She has great skill on the ball, and she is strong in 1v1 defending. She can read the game well, and has the ability to be a dangerous part of our attack. She is an exciting player for our fans. We are delighted to see her continue with the club for years to come.”

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