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Former Penn State Women’s Soccer Player Ellie Jean Joins Gotham FC

Penn State women’s soccer alumn and former team captain Ellie Jean is returning to the United States to play for Gotham FC in the NWSL following a professional stint in the Netherlands.

“I’m super excited to join this club,” Jean said in a statement. “I think this program and team are focused on doing great things on and off the field, which is something I also strive to do. I really look forward to doing all I can do to positively impact the team and represent how amazing NY/NJ is. Let’s go!”

During her time playing at Jeffrey Field, the former team captain racked up a national championship, two Big Ten titles, and three Big Ten Tournament championships. She was also named a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well as a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

Following a two-year contract with PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands, Jean is returning to the United States to play for Gotham FC in Harrison, New Jersey. The club also recently signed a contract with former Penn State soccer star Ali Krieger, so the Nittany Lions will be well represented within Gotham’s roster.

“Ellie Jean is a player I’ve admired since her time at Penn State and someone I’ve kept tabs on from afar,” said Gotham head coach Scott Parkinson in a release.

Jean, Krieger, and the rest of the Gotham FC team will kick off the 2022 NWSL season on Saturday, March 19, from Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey.

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