NJ/NY Gotham announced the temporary signing of French international Gaëtane Thiney, joining the team on loan from Paris FC from the conclusion of the 2020-2021 French Division 1 Féminine campaign through to the remainder of the 2021 NWSL season.
The 35-year-old player has an extensive career behind her and phenomenal experience to contribute to the up and coming NWSL side. She joined Paris FC (formerly FCF Juvisy) in 2008 and exponentially grew throughout her 13 seasons.
She is currently captain of the D1 Feminine side, recording a total of 139 goals thus far while becoming the team’s leading scorer on multiple occasions. During the 2013-2014 season, Thiney netted a career and league high of 25 goals and was subsequently awarded the league’s best player honor.
“Thiney is an elite player who has been a standout player for both club and country,” said head coach Freya Coombe. “She combines calmness in possession with an ability to unlock defenses and a great work rate. I am very happy for her to be making her NWSL debut with Gotham FC.”
Internationally, Thiney has made a total of 163 appearances and scored 58 goals for France. She made her debut in February 2007 and since then has joined France in the 2012 Olympic Games, 2009, 2013, and 2017 UEFA Women’s Championship, and the 2011, 2015, and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
“Gaëtane is a player that we have hoped would be able to join our squad for some time,” said general manager Alyse LaHue. “Her wealth of international experience and leadership at the highest level will be an invaluable addition to Gotham FC as we continue to evolve as a club. This also continues our friendly collaboration with Paris FC, a relationship that she has been integral in building.”
Thaney is expected to join Gotham FC upon clearance of her visa in June, linking up with former Paris FC teammate Evelyne Viens. The team is currently in fourth place in NWSL with a total of seven points.