Erin McLeod and Gunny Jónsdóttir to leave Orlando Pride

Christopher Adams
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Orlando Pride goalkeeper Erin McLeod and midfielder Gunny Jónsdóttir will be leaving the club and retiring from the National Women's Soccer League according to a statement released by the club.

"Both Gunny and Erin have been incredibly important members of, not only the Pride, but of the NWSL as a whole," Orlando Pride head coach Seb Hines said. "Their impact, skill and professionalism will be missed both within our locker room and in our community, but this next step of their lives is an exciting one that we are also celebrating."

McLeod, 39, and Jónsdóttir, 34, were marred Jan. 2. The pair will be returning to Jónsdóttir's home country of Iceland.

"This decision was one of the hardest of my career but as I have gotten older, my dreams and priorities have shifted. Now it is time to begin the next chapter of my life with my wife," McLeod said.

McLeod made 28 appearances for the Pride and earned five clean sheets. The Canadian international shot-stopper played 75 games in her NWSL career. Before coming to Orlando, she represented the Chicago Red Stars and Houston Dash.

The Edmonton, Alberta, native has been a consistent figure for the Canadian Women's National team throughout her career. She helped the Canadians win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic. McLeod also went to four World Cups and two other Olympics.

The Pride traded for Jónsdóttir before the 2021 campaign. The Icelandic international became a pivotal figure in Orlando's midfield. She scored five goals and registered two assists across her two seasons with the Pride. She finishes her NWSL career with 100 career appearances --- 48 with the Pride and 52 with Utah Royals FC.

Jónsdóttir is a distinguished international player as well. She's featured regularly for Iceland since 2011. She competed at the 2022 UEFA Women's European Championships and helped lead Iceland to a runner up finish in that year's SheBelieves Cup.

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