Tierna Davidson and Jenna Nighswonger at USWNT vs China game
Tierna Davidson and Jenna Nighswonger at USWNT vs China game

Gotham FC Signs World Cup Champion Tierna Davidson

Tierna Davidson, a defender for the United States Women’s National Team and the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, has signed a multi-year contract with Gotham FC that runs through 2026.

Davidson stated, “Gotham FC is at the forefront of what lies ahead for this league,”

“The exciting and fluid style of play that the coaching staff has implemented paired with the strong team culture throughout the organization creates an incredibly exciting environment to join. I cannot wait to get started!”

Davidson spending the previous five seasons as a player for the Chicago Red Stars, Drated by Chicago as the top overall pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. Davidson played 5,420 minutes and started 62 of her 64 games for the Red Stars. She has also guided Chicago to six NWSL Playoff berths in total, including two trips to the NWSL Championship.

Tierna Davidson
Tierna Davidson

The Menlo Park, California, native has also appeared in 51 matches for the USWNT, where she has recorded one goal and seven assists. In 2018, Davidson made her debut with the USWNT and was named the U.S. Young Soccer Female Player of the Year. Additionally, Davidson participated in the FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship run in 2019 as the team’s youngest player. She also contributed to the USWNT’s bronze medal performance in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

“Tierna is a very smart and versatile center back that has had incredible experience in the league and at the international level,” said Head Coach Juan Carlos Amorós. “Tierna is a great addition to the club, and we are very excited to work with her.”

“Tierna is a tremendous player and leader, who will further bolster our backline for this upcoming season,” said Gotham FC General Manager and Head of Soccer Operations Yael Averbuch West. “We are beyond excited to have Tierna join us as we look to build upon last season’s success.”

Davidson participated and started in all 18 games during his previous season with the Red Stars, logging 1,613 minutes. She also has tackle success rates of 66.7% and duel success rates of 65.9%.

Davidson played college ball at Stanford University, where she was selected an All-American and the 2017 College Cup Most Outstanding Defensive Player.