Erin McLeod, Gunny Jónsdóttir Announce Departure from NWSL

ORLANDO, Fla. (January 24, 2023) — Orlando Pride Erin McLeod and Gunny Jónsdóttir have announced the pair’s departure from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as the duo will return to Jónsdóttir’s native Iceland.

McLeod and Jónsdóttir, who played for the Pride from 2020 and 2021, respectively, were married on January 2 and are leaving the NWSL to begin the next chapter of their lives overseas.

“Both Gunny and Erin have been incredibly important members of not only the Pride, but the NWSL as a whole. Their impact, skill and professionalism will be missed both in our locker room and in our community, but this next step in their lives is an exciting one that we are also celebrating,” said Orlando Pride Head Coach Seb Hines. “On behalf of the entire organization, we thank both Erin and Gunny for all they have given to the club and wish them all the best in this next chapter together.”

“This decision has been one of the most difficult of my career, but as I’ve grown, my dreams and priorities have changed. Now it’s time to start the next chapter of my life with my wife,” McLeod said. “I am inspired and excited by the work this club has done in the off-season, led by the Wilf family, which has made this decision even more difficult. I believe, now more than ever, there are great things ahead for this club . A new identity, a new Pride. To the fans and the Black Swans, thank you for turning up no matter what. Without all of you, this club would not exist.”

Also Read :  Newcastle 0-0 Leeds: Magpies miss chance to go second in Premier League after winning run halted | Football News

“Orlando has been my home for the past two years and it’s not easy to say goodbye,” Jónsdóttir said. “Thank you to the players, it was a privilege to step on the pitch with you. Thank you to the staff, you were always so welcoming and willing to help in any way you could. And finally, thank you to the fans for their endless support, especially the Black Swans who have always shown up and supported us through thick and thin. I wish the Pride the best of luck this season and will be cheering you on from afar.”

Also Read :  An MLS player has made it to the World Cup final for the first time ever

McLeod, 39, has made 28 appearances between the sticks for the Pride, with five total shutouts. During her NWSL career, which previously included stints with the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash, the goalkeeper has played a total of 75 games with 13 clean sheets and 293 saves.

Internationally, the Edmonton native is a member of the Canadian women’s national team, most recently a gold medalist at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. McLeod has made four World Cup and three Olympic rosters with Canada, also winning bronze medal in 2012 in London.

Jónsdóttir was acquired from the Pride via trade ahead of the 2021 season, making an immediate impact in the midfield. In two seasons at Central Florida, the 34-year-old made 48 appearances with five goals and two assists. Jónsdóttir’s 100th NWSL appearance came in the team’s final game of the 2022 season, a tally that also included 52 games with Utah Royals FC. Overall, Jónsdóttir has scored seven goals and added eight assists since joining the NWSL in 2018.

Also Read :  Messi’s Argentina have no excuses – but they also shouldn’t be too worried

The midfielder has been a key player for Iceland’s women’s national team since 2011, most recently participating in the UEFA Euro Women’s Championship 2022 and finishing second in the SheBelieves Cup earlier that year.

Throughout their time with the Pride, both McLeod and Jónsdóttir have been integral parts of Orlando, not only on the court but also through their efforts in the community.

Most recently, Jónsdóttir served as the Club’s National Community Ambassador, representing and raising money for Special Olympics Florida and supporting athletes at the 2022 USA Special Olympics Games. Last year, McLeod designed and launched “The Futures Collection” – the first apparel collaboration between a club and its player – to raise awareness for social equity and impact initiatives, while also raising money for the Orlando-based non-profit Zebra Coalition.



Source

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

Back to top button