Houston Dash sign Irish international forward Stephanie Roche

The Houston Dash have acquired Irish forward Stephanie Roche pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and ITC, the club announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Roche, 25, was recently named runner-up for the 2014 FIFA Puskás Award, awarded to the player judged to have scored the best goal in any FIFA-sanctioned competition. Her juggled, volleyed goal for Peamount United against Wexford Youths (above) was the first goal scored by a woman to be named a finalist for the award.

“I am so excited about the signing of Stephanie, we are getting a player that has great technical ability, a superb left foot, and possibly the best goalscorer to come out of Ireland since Olivia O’Toole,” Dash head coach Randy Waldrum said. “Stephanie will bring a wealth of international experience to our team, and another great attacking option that is different from what we have already. All our Dash fans and fans of women’s soccer in general will be excited about this signing.”

On the international level, Roche has represented the Republic of Ireland a total of 35 times, scoring six goals. After representing Ireland at the U-17 and U-19 levels, Roche made her senior debut against Iceland in October 2008. She scored her first international goal in a World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan a year later.

The 2015 Dash season kicks off on April 10 against the Washington Spirit at BBVA Compass Stadium. Individual and season tickets are available now by calling (713) 276-GOAL

Source courtesy of: houstondynamo.com


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