Allysha Chapman Leaves Houston Dash

Allysha Chapman (front) on the ball (Photo: Victor Araiza, used under creative commons license)

Houston Dash has traded away one of their significant players as Allysha Chapman has moved to Boston Breakers ahead of the 2017 season. In exchange Houston Dash received an international slot for two years and the number 15 selection in the 2017 NWSL College Draft.

Chapman has played 14 times for Houston Dash, starting 12 of them, and would have played more if not for the Olympic Games. Chapman’s stock has risen significantly in the last 12 months as she won a bronze medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with Canada.

With Chapman’s stock rising, it seems Houston could have done better in the trade than just receiving international slots for two years and a pick as low as 15th. But despite that Houston Dash seem pleased with the value for a player they regarded as unnecessary.

Dash originally acquired Chapman as an allocated player in their 2015 season and remained allocated in the 2016 season. Chapman was Houston’s only Canadian allocated player until 2016 when she was joined by Janine Beckie a new addition to the allocated player list.

Randy Waldrum reflected on Chapman’s contributions and the decision when he said in a press release.
“These decisions are always difficult, but we see a need to modify our roster as we prepare for 2017, Allysha was a great ambassador for the organization and her country in the community and we wish her good luck in Boston.”

As a result of making the trade, Houston Dash have six international slots for the 2017 season, with three available. Rachel Daly, Denise O’Sullivan and Poliana are the only three internationals on the Dash roster as Lydia Williams holds American citizenship despite playing for Australia.

The draft pick is provisional as the draft pick was acquired by Boston Breakers from Chicago Red Stars as their lowest second round pick. This means that should Chicago acquire the 13th or 14th draft pick that will move to Houston, of course given Chicago don’t have rights to that choice it seems doubtful that would happen.

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