Gotham FC news roundup: Lynn Williams, Chelsea, and the USWNT

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The NWSL season is in full swing for NJ/NY Gotham FC. The ladies recently beat the Chicago Red Stars by scoring twice for the first time this season. So far, it has been an average year. At the same time, there is always some good news to discuss.

Here is the latest news roundup for Gotham FC.

Gotham FC news roundup: Lynn Williams and more

Lynn Williams and the record

For those who somehow missed it, Lynn Williams broke the goal-scoring record for all NWSL competitions. Her opening goal against the Red Stars was her 79th, surpassing Sam Kerr who held the old record.

Williams could still break other records over the next season or two. She could surpass Kerr for the most goals in a regular season. She could also break the record for the most assists.

Gotham FC will play Chelsea over the summer

After the Summer Olympics in Paris, Gotham FC will welcome Chelsea F.C. Women to Red Bull Arena for a friendly. The English team recently won the Women's Super League on the last day of the season, sealing soon-to-be USWNT head coach Emma Hayes' final title with the club. The match will occur on Monday, August 19 at 7 PM.

In some ways, it will be a battle of champions. Chelsea won their regular season while Gotham FC was the NWSL Champions via the playoffs. As fans know, the Bats finished the regular season in sixth place and currently sit in seventh at this time. It will be interesting to see how the NWSL side fares against a top WSL side.

Of course, things could be better for Gotham, especially as the team's chemistry improves. It will be a good challenge for the ladies and a great way to prepare for the resumption of the NWSL season.

Gotham FC and the USWNT

Gotham players will soon find out on Tuesday whether they will be called up to the USWNT for the June international window. It would not be surprising if the club requests for players like Rose Lavelle and Tierna Davidson not to be called up since they are returning from their injuries. Williams, Jenna Nighswonger, and Emily Sonnett are three names that should be on the list.

Since this is being published early in the morning, the piece will be updated after the USWNT announces the roster for the two games against South Korea.

Update: Five Gotham FC players were called up to the USWNT. Davidson and Lavelle are surprisingly on the roster, while Crystal Dunn, Nighswonger, and Sonnett were also called up. Williams, despite her recent goals, was not called up.