by Anthony J. Merced
Gotham FC has traded defender Ellie Jean to Bay FC in exchange for expansion protection. The move continues a trend of making sure the incoming clubs don't take other formidable players as goalkeeper Mandy Haught also moved on from the club to Utah Royals.
"Ellie is a very adaptable and smart player who has contributed immensely to our success this past season," said General Manager and Head of Soccer Operations Yael Averbuch West. "We wish her the best of luck in this next chapter of her career and thank her for all of her contributions to the club, on and off the field."
Jean joined the club in January of 2022, appearing in 15 games with 10 starts. Originally a wing back, she transitioned into a center back role shortly after joining the team. In particular Jean played in all six NWSL Challenge Cup games as well as being a started for four clean sheets Gotham had in 2023.
"I've really enjoyed my time growing as a player and as a person with this club," said Jean. "I've learned so much, but more importantly, I've gained a lot of great friends and experiences that I'm really going to miss."