The Houston Dash announced in a press release Wednesday morning the team has acquired FC Kansas City forward Melissa Henderson. Henderson was traded for a third round pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft.
The 24-year-old Texas native has played in five games for FCKC, three of those as a starter. She played in 17 games for Kansas City in 2013, notching a goal in their semifinal loss to Portland Thorns FC.
According to a press release from the club, Henderson is a former member of the University of Notre Dame women's soccer team, where she played under current Dash head coach Randy Waldrum. During her career at Notre Dame, she won an NCAA national championship in 2010 and finished her collegiate years with 70 goals, tied for fourth-best in school history. Henderson has also clocked time in the U.S. youth national teams, earning call-ups for the U-16, U-17, U-20 and U-23 teams and trained with the U.S. Women's National Team ahead of the 2011 Olympic qualification.
This trade not only sees the loss of the third round pick in 2015, but the loss of a current player on the roster. With the acquisition, Houston has elected to waive midfielder Lindsay Elston. Elston appeared in five games, starting one, for the Dash this season.
According to the club, Henderson is expected to be available for selection when the Dash take on the Boston Breakers at BBVA Compass Stadium this Friday at 8 p.m. CT.