The Houston Dash aren't keen to settle for being an expansion team, and prove it by making two major roster moves. The first sent defender Nikki Wahsington to Boston Breakers in exchange for Canadian midfielder Kaylyn Kyle.
Before we go into the details on Kaylyn Kyle, consider this for one moment: Houston Dash turned Meleana Shim into Kaylyn Kyle and Marissa Diggs via the Expansion Draft, College Draft and subsequent trades. Well done, Brian Ching and Co. Well done indeed.
Kaylyn Kyle is allocated by the Canadian Soccer Association, and at 25 has already earned 79 caps for the Canadian Women's National Team, scoring 5 times after making her senior team debut at just 19. She played in all 6 matches for the Canadians in the 2012 London Olympics as they secured the bronze medal, and also started all three of their matches in the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.
"Kaylyn is clearly going to make our team better. She has all the qualities I'm looking for in a central midfield player," head coach Randy Waldrum said. "She has great vision, she's technical and composed with the ball, she's tough and brings a physical presence to our midfield. She has awealth of experience that our young team needs. I'm really excited to have Kaylyn become part of the Dash family."
She brings plenty of experience at such a young age, even on the biggest of stages, while having a knack for being capable both offensively and defensively. If the Houston Dash can keep her long-term along with Brittany Bock and Becky Edwards, there will be very little need to change much of the midfield.
Also acquired this week via signing is Austrian International Forward Nina Burger pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and ITC. Burger brings to the Houston Dash a proven goal-scorer on the international stage for both club and country.
At just 26, Burger joins the Dash from Austrian Club SV Neulengbach. In 9 years with Neulengbach, Burger has scored 239 goals securing the league scoring title 6 times from 2006-2012, and also voted player of the year in 2010. In the current season she sits atop the league scorers with 20 goals in 21 matches. She also has 29 international goals for Austria, which places her 2nd all-time among Austrian women.
"I'm really excited about adding Nina to our roster, as this has been in the works for some time now," head coach Randy Waldrum said. "She has a great track record of scoring goals both for club and country. She adds a dimension to our attack that we need, and her international experience will be important to our young side.
"Along with the addition of Kaylyn Kyle this week, we are starting to add some additional international experience to the team, which we need in order to achieve the goals we've set for this season. I am definitely excited to add Nina to the Dash family."
Nina is expected at the match against FC Kansas City this Saturday, but she is not expected to be available for selection.