Professional Soccer Welcomes Back Havertown’s Sinead Farrelly

Havertown's Sinead Farrelly
Image via Gotham FC, Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports
Havertown's Sinead Farrelly

Sinead Farrelly’s been away from professional soccer for eight years and two years ago, this Havertown woman helped launch an abuse investigation inside the National Women’s Soccer League.

Now Farrelly is returning to the game, joining Gotham FC in Los Angeles, writes Jonathan Tennwald for The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Farrelly has signed a contract for this year, with an option for next year.

“I’m thankful for all the support I’ve received to help me reach this point because I could not have done this alone,” the now-33-year-old midfielder said. “My teammates, the coaches, and the staff are amazing. The environment has been professional and so enjoyable.”

Farrelly started her professional soccer career in 2011 with the former Philadelphia Independence. Their manager, Paul Riley,  became the center of soccer’s biggest abuse scandal, with Farrelly a significant alleged victim.

Her last season was in 2015 with the Thorns. She had signed with the Boston Breakers for 2016 but was in a major car crash and never played.

She hopes now to be a key player for Gotham FC, “while also having grace and compassion with myself as I acclimate back into the professional environment,” Farrelly said.

Read more about Havertown’s Sinead Farrelly in The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Here’s an interview with Sinead Farrelly when she was with the Portland Thorns FC seven years ago.

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