Dash cap­tain Ohai goes to Red Stars

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS WEDNESDAY -

was drafted by the Red Stars in 2016 and made 88 ap­pear­ances dur­ing her four sea­sons with the club. Naughton was the Red Stars’ 2018 De­fender of the Year.

“We are de­lighted to add Katie to the squad,” Dash coach James Clarkson said in a state­ment is­sued by the club. “She brings a lot of qual­ity and play­off ex­pe­ri­ence. She will strengthen the team and help us con­tinue to im­prove.”

The Red Stars also traded the sixth over­all College Draft pick to the North Carolina Courage for the 18th over­all pick, which even­tu­ally went to the Dash.

The Courage now have the sixth, 27th, 28th, and 36th over­all picks in the 2020 draft, which will be held in Bal­ti­more, Md., on Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. Eastern time.

North Carolina se­lected four play­ers in the 2019 NWSL Draft, but none of them had a large im­pact on the club’s on-field suc­cess this past sea­son.

First-round pick Leah Pruitt played the most, fea­tur­ing in 14 con­tests and tal­ly­ing two goals and an assist. Lau­ren Mil­liet played in two games, while Hai­ley Har­bi­son and Kay­cie Till­man did not fea­ture for the club.

Pruitt and Har­bi­son both suf­fered in­juries that lim­ited their play. Pruitt, Har­bi­son and Mil­liet are ex­pected to be back with the Courage in 2020, while Till­man is now with the Wash­ing­ton Spirit.

The Courage won their sec­ond straight NWSL Cham­pi­onship in 2019, beat­ing the Red Stars 4-0 in the fi­nal.

Af­ter the trade, the Red Stars now have the fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, 26th and 35th picks in the NWSL Draft.


Hous­ton Dash for­ward Kealia Ohai has been traded to the Chicago Red Stars.

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