The Houston Dash announced Friday the team has signed on four additional players ahead of their April 12 season opener, according to a press release from the club. The four players - Lindsay Elston, Holly Hein, Osinachi Ohale and Dominique Richardson - have all been with the team as trialists.
"I’m really pleased to announce the signing of three trialists Holly Hein, Dominique Richardson, and Lindsay Elston along with another international signing in Osinachi Ohale," head coach Randy Waldrum said in the news release. "I’m really proud of how the trialists came here and persevered through three weeks of training before making our roster."
Waldrum went on to add, "I think all four will be great additions. Hein has been a very steady center back for us so far, Richardson has impressed with her passing ability and range, and Elston has been very effective and creative up front. Osinachi has been a great addition since we lost Lauren Sesselman to a torn ACL. She has continued to impress with her short time here, and I'm very happy to add her to the Dash family as well."
A 21-year-old forward, Elston hails from the University of Washington. She was a four-year starter for the women's soccer team and a part of both the U-18 and U-20 U.S. Women's National Teams. She finished her college years in the top 10 of Washington's all-time goals, assists and points lists. Elston was also a member of the Seattle Sounders Women in the W-League from 2011 to 2013.
Hein - a 22-year-old defender from the University of Michigan - captained the Wolverines in the final two years of her five-year collegiate career. After being out with an injury during the majority of her sophomore and junior years, the Cali native earned first team All-Big Ten honors during her last two seasons. Hein was a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award in 2013.
Ohale is a 22-year-old Nigerian international central defender and played previously for Delta Queens and River Angels in her native country. She has earned titles in the Nigerian Women's Premier League with the Delta Queens in 2011 and 2012. She has also been a representative of Nigeria in international competition 12 times and started and played 90 minutes in all three of Nigeria's matches during the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Her spot on the Dash will occupy an international spot and will be added to the roster pending the receipt of her P-1 visa and International Transfer Certificate.
Hailed as a versatile midfielder and defender, 21-year-old Richardson attended open tryouts for the Dash Feb. 15. She played four years at Missouri University and was named to the All-SEC firstteam as a junior in 2012. During her time at Mizzou, she started all 82 games and scored 17 goals, tallying eight assists.
The Houston Dash open the 2014 NWSL regular season this Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m. CT at BBVA Compass Stadium.