Houston Dash has waived Irish International Denise O’Sullivan, the club announced on Wednesday, bringing their current roster to 18.
O’Sullivan played 11 matches for Houston in the 2017 season managing one assist in the match against Washington Spirit on April 29th, one year on from making her debut for the club.
The move comes at O’Sullivan’s request as she looks to move back to Europe in search of more playing time, having fallen out of favour at the Dash. The Houston Chronicle reports that O’Sullivan has received offers from clubs in England, Germany, and Scotland.
Since Randy Waldrum was sacked as Houston Dash coach O’Sullivan has only appeared in one match, coming off the bench. That was on June 3rd, the first match in the post-Waldrum era, since then she has been on the outer, and a waiver makes sense for both parties.
O’Sullivan’s desire to see more game time no doubt comes with the World Cup approaching in 2019, and Ireland looking to qualify for the first time in their history. As a star player for the Irish O’Sullivan needs time on the park to be at her best, having seen her fitness decline due to the lack of time in Houston.
In her debut season with the Dash O’Sullivan impressed, and managed to play 18 matches, starting 14 of them. Her play was especially notable as she kept Houston in the hunt while seven players were away on Olympic duty with their national teams.
Now with just 18 players on their roster Houston will need to attract some talent to their squad to close out the season, but with so many players leaving it’s hard to see who will come to the Dash despite the good run of form.