Dash, Pride announce signings; Reign waive Crummer; Hayes to sit out 2018 season
The NWSL preseason begins February 19
Houston Dash defender Cami Levin in action during the 2017 NWSL season. (Photo credit: Sam Ortega/isiphotos.com)
Houston Dash defender Cami Levin in action during the 2017 NWSL season. (Photo credit: Sam Ortega/isiphotos.com)

Ahead of the beginning of NWSL preseason on February 19, several teams announced roster news:


The Houston Dash announced on Saturday that they have signed forward Thembi Kgatlana and have re-signed defenders Cami Levin and Cari Roccaro.


Kgatlana played for South Africa at the 2016 Summer Olympics, coached by current Dash coach Vera Pauw. Last year, she played at the University of Western Cape in South Afroca.


Levin started 22 games for the Dash last season, her fourth year in the NWSL. Prior to 2017, she played for the Orlando Pride and Sky Blue FC. Roccaro was drafted by the Dash in 2016 and has appeared in 33 games for Houston.


The Orlando Pride have signed forward Chioma Ubogagu to a new contract, the team announced Friday.


Ubogagu appeared in 20 games for the Pride last season, scoring four goals and four assists. It was her second NWSL season, after spending 2016 with the Houston Dash.


“We’re delighted to have Chi back this season. She had a good first season with us in 2017 and played an important role for the club,” Pride coach Tom Sermanni said in an Orlando news release. “We’re looking forward to seeing her grow as a player and member of the Pride this season.”



Seattle Reign FC has waived forward Larissa Crummer, the club announced Monday.


Due to a fracture in her right foot suffered during the 2016/2017 W-League season, Crummer joined the Reign midway through last season. She appeared in four games and scored one goal.


“We are appreciative of Larissa’s efforts for the club last season, and in particular, thank her for all the hard work to come back from injury,” Seattle owner Bill Predmore said in a statement from the club.


Sky Blue FC forward Maya Hayes will sit out the 2018 season in order to pursue a master’s degree, the team announced Saturday.

“This was a really hard decision to make. After taking a lot of time to think and talk with friends and family, it just seemed like the timing was right to switch gears a little bit,” Hayes said in a statement released by Sky Blue FC. “Getting my Master’s is something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. Some good opportunities arose for me, and I ultimately decided to take advantage of them. Obviously, I am going to miss Sky Blue FC a lot, but I want to wish the team and organization all the best. The future is still open, so I definitely do not want to call this an official retirement.”

Hayes was drafted by Sky Blue FC in 2014. She appeared in 74 games, tallying nine goals and six assists in her career.




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