HARRISON, NJ (March 25, 2023) - NJ/NY Gotham FC has signed midfielder Sinead Farrelly to a contract for the 2023 season with an option. A standout in the NWSL, the University of Virginia and with the U-17, U-20 and U-23 U.S. National teams, Farrelly is returning after nearly eight years away from the game. She attended Gotham FC training camp as a non-roster invitee.
“I’m thankful for all the support I’ve received to help me reach this point, because I could not have done this alone,” said Farrelly. “I can’t even imagine doing this with another club except Gotham FC. My teammates, the coaches and the staff are amazing. The environment has been professional and so enjoyable. I’m beyond excited for this season with this team. We have such a unified and passionate group and we’re ready to put on a show and win.”
Farrelly continued, “I want to be a key player for Gotham FC, while also having grace and compassion with myself as I acclimate back into the professional environment. There were times when this did not feel possible for me. But I have made it to this moment, and I’m going to keep building on it. As I continue, I hope to inspire others to follow their dreams, no matter how far out of reach they may seem.”
Farrelly has three goals and two assists over 52 appearances in her NWSL career so far, playing for Kansas City in the league’s inaugural season in 2013 season and with the Portland Thorns in 2014 and 2015.
At the University of Virginia, Farrelly was twice named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy as the nation’s top player. In her senior season, Farrelly had 12 goals and 7 assists in 22 games. Among several honors she received that year, Farrelly was named ACC Offensive Player of the Year, NSCAA First Team All American, and the University of Virginia’s top female athlete for the 2010-11 season. Her 90 appearances rank second in school history behind Becky Sauerbrunn. Raised in Haverford, Pennsylvania, Farrelly was selected by the Philadelphia Independence with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 WPS after completing her collegiate career.
“Sinead is not only an outstanding athlete, but one of the most admired people in our sport,” said Gotham FC GM and Head of Soccer Operations Yael Averbuch West. "She came into camp and earned a contract with her outstanding play. I know she sees this as just a first step, but everyone at Gotham FC is incredibly proud to be part of Sinead’s journey, and excited about all of the great qualities she brings to our team.”