ORLANDO, FL (January 24, 2023) – Orlando Pride, Erin McLeod and Jonny Jonsdottir have announced the duo’s exit from the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL), as the duo will return to their native country of Iceland.
McLeod and Jonsdottir, who have been playing for the Pride since 2020 and 2021, respectively, married Jan. 2 and are stepping away from the NFL to begin the next chapter of their lives abroad.
“Both Gunny and Erin were incredibly valuable members of not only the Pride, but the NWSL as a whole. Their influence, skill and professionalism will be missed inside our locker room and in our community,” said Orlando Pride coach Seb Hines. , but this next step in their lives is an exciting one that we are also celebrating.” On behalf of the entire organization, we thank both Erin and Johnny for all they have given to the club and wish them all the best in this next chapter together.”
“This decision was one of the most difficult of my career, but as I got older, my dreams and priorities changed. Now is the time to start the next chapter of my life with my wife,” said MacLeod. “I am inspired and excited by the work this club has done in the off-season, led by the Wilf family, which has made this decision even more difficult. I believe, now more than ever, that great things await this club. A new identity, a new pride. For the fans And the Black Swans, thank you for coming, no matter what. Without all of you, this club wouldn’t exist.”
“Orlando has been my home for the past two years and it’s not easy to say goodbye,” Yonsdottir said. “Thank you to the players, it was such an honor to have the opportunity to step onto the field with you. Thank you to the staff, you have always been so welcoming and willing to help in any way you can. And last but not least, thank you to the fans for their endless support, especially to the Black Swans who have always appeared and supported us through For better or for worse, I wish Priya the best of luck this season and will be cheering you on from afar.”
McLeod, 39, pitched 28 games between sticks for the Pride, with five shutouts total. Over the course of her NFL career, which previously included time with the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash, the goaltender posted 75 games with 13 clean sheets and 293 saves.
Internationally, the Edmonton native is a member of the Canadian women’s national team and most recently won gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. MacLeod has made four World Cups and three Olympic rosters with Canada, and also won the 2012 bronze medal in London.
Jónsdóttir was acquired by the Pride via trade ahead of the 2021 season, which immediately affected their midfield. Over two seasons at Central Florida, the 34-year-old has made 48 appearances with five goals and two assists. Jónsdóttir’s 100th NWSL appearance came in the team’s final game of the 2022 season, a record that also included 52 appearances for the Utah Royals. In total, Jónsdóttir has scored seven goals and added eight assists since joining the NFL in 2018.
The midfielder has been a staple of the Icelandic women’s national team since 2011, most recently competing in UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 and finishing runner-up in the SheBelieves Cup earlier the same year.
Throughout their tenure with the Pride, both McLeod and Jónsdóttir have been an integral part of Orlando, not only on the field but through their efforts in the community as well.
Most recently, Jónsdóttir has served as the club’s community impact ambassador, representing and raising funds for Special Olympics Florida and supporting athletes at the 2022 USA Special Olympics. Last year, McLeod designed and released the “futures group— the first-ever apparel collaboration between a club and its player — to raise awareness of social equality and impact initiatives, while also raising money for the Orlando-based non-profit Zebra Coalition.