The Houston Dash have traded defender Haley Hanson to the Orlando Pride, the club announced today.
Orlando will send Houston $75,000 dollars in allocation money as well as a 2023 NWSL Draft second round pick the club acquired from OL Reign in exchange for Hanson.
“We are thankful for the contributions Haley made to this club and throughout her time here in Houston,” Houston Dash president Jessica O’Neill said. “She is a phenomenal player and an even better person. We wish her the best in the next part of her career with Orlando.”
Hanson appeared in 15 matches and made 11 starts for the Dash in 2022. The defender also tallied an assist in Houston’s win over Portland on May 21. Hanson has spent her first five NWSL seasons with Houston and played an integral role in helping the Dash win its first ever championship with the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup in Utah. The then 24-year-old made five starts in seven games, including the Championship match against Chicago.
The Overland Park, Kansas native was drafted No. 7 overall by the Dash in the 2018 NWSL Draft. Hanson has made 80 regular season appearances and 70 starts, tallying one goal and three assists while in Houston.
Hanson played collegiately at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 2014 to 2017 as a midfielder. With Nebraska, Hanson appeared in 75 matches and made 72 starts scoring 19 goals and recording 7 assist