(East Los Angeles, CA) [From The Editor’s Desk]: Attention to all of our Angel City Football Club (ACFC) fans. The team is on the move again with more player transactions during its very important “off-season” contract work, all in preparation for the next NWSL pre-season scheduled to begin in April of 2024. Following the recent signing of Rookie Defender, Gisele Thompson, the front-office continues to set its sights on negotiating all of its player-personnel goals as smoothly as possible.
Here is your opportunity to read up on the Club’s recent press announcement that confirmed defender, Sarah Gorden, has signed with the team on a well-deserved new contract.
ANGEL CITY FOOTBALL CLUB SIGNS 2023 IRON WOMAN DEFENDER SARAH GORDEN TO NEW CONTRACT
LOS ANGELES (December 20, 2023) – Angel City Football Club (ACFC) announced today that Iron Woman defender Sarah Gorden has signed a new contract with the club through 2026 with a mutual option for 2027. Gorden joined ACFC in 2021 via a trade with the Chicago Red Stars ahead of the club’s inaugural season. In 2023, she played every minute of every match, helping ACFC earn their first NWSL Playoff appearance in club history.
“I am full of gratitude and excitement to be re-signing with Angel City,” stated Gorden. “Los Angeles is home to me and my family and there’s no place we’d rather be. Last year was just a sneak peek into what this team is capable of. I’m honored to have the opportunity to continue to work, grow, and evolve as a player here. I want nothing more than to bring a championship home to LA!”
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“This is a big signing for the club. With the competitive nature of free agency, we wanted to make sure Sarah continued to make LA her home,” stated General Manager Angela Hucles Mangano. “She is a big part of how we move forward in the pursuit to win a championship. Her leadership on and off the field is critical to our success and we are thrilled that she will be on our roster for years to come.
Gorden returned from a season-ending injury she sustained in the 2022 Preseason leading up to ACFC’s inaugural kickoff. She made an incredible comeback, recording 11 blocks and 21 interceptions in 2,070 minutes on the pitch in 2023. With 23 match appearances, Gorden also had a 79% passing success rate with 1,096 total passes, earning NWSL Best XI honors in the month of August and for the entire 2023 season.
Prior to joining ACFC, Gorden played with the Red Stars from 2016 to 2021 and appeared in 78 total matches including two NWSL Championship appearances. In her last season, she appeared in 27 games, becoming Chicago’s first Iron Woman, playing every minute of the 2021 season—the only NWSL player to play every minute of competition that season.
A Chicago native, Gorden graduated from DePaul University as a dual-sport athlete in soccer and track and field. While at DePaul, Gorden appeared in 77 total matches, earning one goal and two assists. In her senior year, she was named to the All-Big East first team and NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team. Gorden is the first DePaul player to be drafted by the NWSL.