Ah yes, summer is finally here, and the days are getting longer and warmer.
What better way to celebrate the arrival of the annual warm-up than by watching Gotham FC keep their collective foot on the gas pedal and keep this season going in the right direction?
Despite a bit of a drop from first place in the NWSL, Gotham FC is still in the thick and thin of this league and currently sits with a 5-3-3 overall record, only two points out of first place. Interestingly enough, playing in the home confines of Red Bull Arena hasn’t been a boon to Gotham FC, as they only have a 1-2-1 record at home.
However, this squad is dangerous on the road, and they have garnered a much stronger 4-1-2 record as the visiting side in their NWSL travels.
Do fans really care about Gotham FC and the NWSL?
The answer to that question is a resounding yes. As the soccer season starts in the spring, the unpredictable weather during that time of the year can easily play havoc on team attendance in any sport, and the NWSL isn’t immune to these issues.
As the weather gets warmer and more stable, more fans like to venture outside to support their local teams, and Gotham FC recently enjoyed their largest crowd ever, with 15,058 fans watching the disappointing but hard-fought 1-0 loss to the San Diego Wave FC in a marquee match on CBS Sports. As schools get out for the summer and families have more time to enjoy sporting events, this attendance record may, in fact, be broken several times in the course of this season as Gotham FC continues to prove that they’re a playoff-caliber squad.
May Was a Good Month for Gotham FC
With Gotham FC finally finding some winning ways, no less than four players from this squad were honored with being placed on the NWSL Best XI for the month of May. This honor is bestowed on the top players for the month, and the player nominations are submitted by the NWSL Media Association and directly by the NWSL media broadcasters themselves.
Gotham FC topped the honors for the month of May by having four of its top players selected based on their performances in May. With her .89 goals-against average (top in the NWSL), goalkeeper Abby Smith was selected as the best keeper for May. Not to be outdone, Brazilian defender Bruninha was honored and scored her first two career NWSL goals in May as well.
Midfielder Jenna Nighwsonger is having a fantastic rookie season with Gotham FC and was honored with the May Best XI selection. Nighwsonger also celebrated her first career NWSL goals in the month of May, joining teammate Bruninha with their first league statistics. Capping off the May Best XI was forward Lynn Williams, who had no less than two game-winning goals in the month of May (5/7 against Chicago and 5/21 against the OL Reign).
In a statement of how strong Gotham FC is this season, not only did this franchise have the most player selections for the past month, but they literally had all four player positions (goalkeeper, defender, midfielder, forward) in the NWSL Best XI.
If this indicates things to come, we certainly can continue to expect great things out of Gotham FC as we officially welcome summer later this month.