Neverland Management, which represents Brynjarsdottir, has confirmed reports that the Icelandic midfielder is expecting a child with her longtime partner, Omar Pall:
Iceland #10 and #NWSL winner, Dagny Brynjarsdottir, will take a short break from football, & plans to be back at the end of 2018. Dagny & Omar are expecting a child. Great news, and we want to send a lots of love to Dagny and her family ❤️⚽️ #TeamNeverlandMGMT #CongratsDagny pic.twitter.com/gvXrQDeXyO— Neverland | MGMT (@NeverlandMGMT) January 5, 2018
Although Brynjarsdottir had played a reduced role for the Thorns in 2017, her departure nonetheless throws a wrench into Portland’s offseason. Brynjarsdottir was a reliable depth player in the midfield, although with the World Cup looming, it’s unclear whether she would have stayed in Portland anyway or opted to move closer to home. She’s also the type of player who’s good enough to be a starter just about anywhere else in the NWSL, and may not have been content to keep riding the bench in Portland. In any case, all that speculation is now a moot point.
Cue the jokes about Icelandic naming conventions:
Brynjarsdottirsdottir— Marrionette (@marrskin) January 5, 2018