The Houston Dash announced their roster today before beginning play in their fourth season of the National Women’s Soccer League. The Dash open the season on Saturday afternoon when they host the Chicago Red Stars at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Goalkeeper Jane Campbell, who earned her first cap with the U.S. Women’s National Team (USWNT) on Sunday, has signed a guaranteed contract for one year with a team option for the second year.
Prior to finalizing the roster, the club claimed forward Sarah Hagen from the league waiver wire. The Appleton, Wisconsin native started in eight games and scored two goals in 2016 with the Orlando Pride. In a subsequent move, the club waived goalkeeper Bianca Henninger. Henninger started five games and recorded one shutout in 2016 and was one of four players to play for the Dash in each of the club’s first three seasons.
The Dash are led by forward Kealia Ohai, who scored a career-best 11 goals last season, along with USWNT midfielder Morgan Brian, and feature two bronze medalists from the 2016 Olympic in forwards Janine Beckie and Nichelle Prince of Canada. Houston features one of the most diverse rosters in the league with international players from Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Ireland and South Africa.
The Dash open the 2017 season against the Chicago Red Stars at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 15. Tickets for that game are now on sale. For more information, visit HoustonDashSoccer.com/2017 or call 713-276-GOAL.
ROSTERED PLAYERS (20 of 20 spots filled):
Goalkeepers (2): Jane Campbell, Lydia Williams
Defenders (6): Bruna Benites(INTL-BRA), Claire Falknor, Cami Privett, Poliana(INTL-BRA), Cari Roccaro, Janine Van Wyk (INTL-RSA),
Midfielders (6): Andressa (INTL-BRA), Morgan Brian (FED-USA), Amber Brooks, Caity Heap, Carli Lloyd (FED-USA, OOM), Denise O’Sullivan (INTL-IRE),
Forwards (7): Janine Beckie (FED-CAN), Rachel Daly (INTL-ENG), Sarah Hagen, Melissa Henderson, Kealia Ohai, Nichelle Prince (FED-CAN), Stephanie Ochs
FED - Federation Player
INTL – International Roster Spot
ROSTERED PLAYERS NOT COUNTED AGAINST ACTIVE LIMIT:
D45 - 45-Day Disabled List
SEI - Season Ending Injury List
GKR - Goalkeeper Replacement
MAT - Maternity
LOA - Loan
OOM – Out of Market