Erin McLeod, Gunny Jónsdóttir Announce Departure from NWSL

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

McLeod and Jónsdóttir, who have played for Pride from 2020 and 2021 respectively, got married on January 2 and will be leaving NWSL to start the next chapter of their lives abroad.

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

“This decision has been one of the hardest decisions of my career but as I have aged, my dreams and priorities have changed. Now is the time to begin the next chapter of my life with my wife. me,” McLeod said. “I am inspired and excited by the work this club has done during the season, led by the Wilf Family, which has made this decision even more difficult. I believe, more than ever. Now, there’s great things ahead for this club. A new identity, a new Pride. To the fans and Black Swans, thank you for coming, regardless. tell what happens. Without all of you, this club wouldn’t exist.”

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“Orlando has been my home for the past two years and it’s not easy to say goodbye,” says Jónsdóttir. “Thanks to the players, it’s been an honor to have the opportunity to step out onto the pitch with you. Thank you to the staff, you are always so welcoming and ready to help in any way you can. And last but not least. important part, thank you thank you to the fans for their endless support, especially to the Black Swans, who always showed up and supported us through all the difficulties. Pride has a lot of luck this season and I’ll be cheering you on from afar.”

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McLeod, 39, has made 28 mid-club appearances for the Pride, with a total of five appearances. During her NWSL career, including prior stints with the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash, the goalkeeper 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 Cups and three appearances. participated in the Olympics with Canada, and also won a bronze medal in 2012 in London.

Jónsdóttir was acquired by Pride through commercial pre-season in 2021, making an immediate impact on 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 was in the team’s final game of the 2022 season, which also includes 52 games against Utah Royals FC. In total, Jónsdóttir has scored seven goals and added eight assists since joining the NWSL in 2018.

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The midfielder has been a mainstay of the Iceland women’s national team since 2011, most recently competing in the 2022 UEFA Women’s European Championship and finishing as runners-up in the SheBelieves Cup at the start of the campaign. that year.

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

Most recently, Jónsdóttir was the Club’s National Community Impact Ambassador, representing and raising money for the Florida Special Olympics and supporting athletes at the United States Special Olympics Games. 2022. Last year, McLeod designed and released the “Future Collection” – the first clothing collaboration between a club and their players – to raise awareness of social justice and other issues. impact initiative, while also raising funds for the Orlando-based nonprofit, the Zebra Alliance.


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