On January 13th of 2014, the Houston Dash acquired forward Stephanie Ochs from the Washington Spirit in exchange for forward Danesha Adams.
The USD graduate was the 2011 West Coast Conference POY and a two-time NSCAA All-American (third team in 2010 and second team in 2011). 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.
“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.”
In her previous season at the Washington Spirit, Ochs appeared in 22 games (21 starts) and tallied one goal and two assists. Following the 2013 NWSL season, she joined Australian W-League team Canberra United, where she scored four goals in seven games.
The ‘Week of Reign’ continues today as Reign FC has signed free-agent defender Kendall Fletcher for the 2014 NWSL season. Fletcher comes over from the Australian W-League having most recently played for Canberra United.
“Kendall adds experience and depth to our backline and potentially our midfield as well,” said head coach Laura Harvey. “She has proven professional experience both in America and in Europe which could prove vital for us in the coming season.”
The defender spent her college years at the University of North Carolina where she scored 13 goals with 18 assists in four seasons as a Tar Heel. Fletcher was part of UNC’s National Championship team in 2003 as well as three ACC Championship teams in 2002, 2003, and 2005.
Fletcher has US International experience as a member of the U-19 squad that won the first-ever U-19 World Cup in 2002. She’s also made appearances for the U-21 team and has one USWNT cap back in 2009.