HOUSTON – The Houston Dash have acquired goalkeeper Bianca Henninger from FC Kansas City in exchange for the team’s third-round selection in the 2014 NWSL college draft, the team announced Monday morning.
Henninger, recently on loan with FC Bayern Munich of Germany’s Frauen-Bundesliga, played four years at Santa Clara University before being selected by the Philadelphia Independence of the now-defunct WPS in 2011.
Henninger, 22, also played with the New York Fury of the WPSL Elite before being drafted by FC Kansas City in early 2013. The Los Gatos, Calif. native was also a member of the 2010 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup championship team and played in all 5 games for the Gold-Medal winning U.S. team in the 2010 CONCACAF U20 World Cup qualifying tournament.
“We made a great trade in solidifying our goalkeeping needs,” Dash head coach Randy Waldrum said. “Bianca played for me with our U-23's, and she is one of the best young US goalkeepers out there.”
The team also acquired forward Stehpanie Ochs from the Washington Spirit in exchange for forward Danesha Adams.
“Stephanie is a great addition to the Dash family,” said Dash head coach Randy Waldrum. “She is fast, athletic and relentless. She will fit perfectly in our system. Steph played for me with our U-23 national team, so I’m so excited to reunite with her.”
As a member of the U.S. under-23 women’s national team, Ochs was named MVP of the Four Nations Tournament in 2013, recording two goals and three assists as the United States won the competition.