South Africa midfielder Linda Motlhalo has signed with the Houston Dash, the team announced Thursday. The deal is pending the receipt of her P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate.
Motlhalo played for South Africa at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, when new Dash coach Vera Pauw coached the side. Motlhalo appeared in all three group stage matches for South Africa in the tournament. She has two goals in 14 international appearances.
Prior to joining the Dash, Motlhalo spent two years playing for JVW F.C. of South Africa’s Sasol League.
“Linda is one of the most promising talents of women’s football at this moment. Her qualities compliment the talent we have on our roster,” Pauw said in the Dash’s news release about the signing. “She will bring variety in our attack and that will bring the best out of the other players. She can balance our team. South African players start to get recognized. Linda deserves this next step in her career. She has proven herself at the Olympics in Rio on a global stage.”