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Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji

Leading the league standings for the first time since 2013, Gotham FC is an early-season ‘worst to first’ National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) success story.

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On Tuesday, the club announced they already have over 10,000 tickets sold for their June 4 match against the San Diego Wave, a new club record.

In 2022, Gotham finished 12th out of 12 teams, with a record of 4-1-17.

The team made key offseason acquisitions, bringing in 2023 Golden Boot contender Lynn Williams, 2022 NWSL champion Yazmeen Ryan and top draftee Jenna Nighswonger.

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Gotham has already surpassed both their points and win totals from 2022 just one-third of the way into the 2023 season.

The team finished 2022 with 13 points and four wins but go into this match weekend sitting on 16 points and five wins in eight games.

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Last weekend’s NWSL games showcased some historic goal-scoring, with the Portland Thorns leading the way.

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The Thorns have scored 22 goals in eight games this season, five more than any other team in that span in NWSL history, according to Opta, capped Sunday by a 4-0 win against the Chicago Red Stars.

Games getting out of hand early became a theme, as the league saw three different games be won by three or more goals.

Gotham’s three goals in the first half of their 4-1 over OL Reign marked the first time the Reign have conceded so many goals so early in club history.

Alex Morgan also got on the scoresheet early in San Diego’s 3-0 win over Houston, knocking the ball into the goal on a won challenge in just the second minute.


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