In a surprise move last Tuesday, the Houston Dash released veteran Stephanie Ochs and acquired defender Camille Levin from the Orlando Pride in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
Levin joins Houston after battling through a difficult 2016 season with the Pride. The 27-year-old made just one appearance for Orlando before she underwent an emergency appendectomy in May. As a result, Levin missed six matches and didn't return to action until early July.
The Newport Coast, Calif. closed out the season as Orlando’s starting left-back playing in nine straight matches after Steph Catley was sidelined with a fractured left foot, an injury she suffered while representing Australia at the Rio Olympics.
Levin lost her starting role with the Pride as Catley returned from injury and the club acquired Ali Krieger and Alanna Kennedy during the offseason from the Washington Spirit and North Carolina Courage respectively.
So excited to be here!! https://t.co/YzBwHytmKP— Camille Levin (@C_Levin) April 19, 2017
Levin's presence in Houston calls into question the permanency of the starting roles featured on the club’s crowded backline. The Dash debuted a starting back four comprised of Cari Roccaro, Janine Van Wyk, Bruna, and Poliana in their season opener against the Chicago Red Stars. Adding Levin into the mix provides Dash head coach Randy Waldrum with an additional veteran presence and a versatile player that can be utilized as an outside back on either side of the pitch or in the midfield, bolstering the depth of the club.
Levin played a prominent role as a starting left-back in her two seasons with Sky Blue FC and made 42 appearances for the club. The defender signed with Sky Blue in 2014, after a two-year stint in Sweden with IFK Götenberg and a season in Australia for the Western Sydney Wanderers. Levin was selected sixth overall by Orlando in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft.
She was a standout at Stanford University, where she played outside back, central midfield and forward and won the NCAA College Cup in 2011.