FC Kansas City trades Melissa Henderson to Houston Dash

07/09/2014 11:06 AM

07/09/2014 11:26 AM

Through a trade with the Houston Dash, FC Kansas City acquired a third-round pick in the National Women’s Soccer League Collegiate Draft in exchange for forward Melissa Henderson.

Henderson, who is a Notre Dame graduate, appeared in 22 matches and started 16 during her time with FC Kansas City. She had 14 shots in that time with one goal against Portland Thorns FC in the 2013 NWSL playoffs.

“All of us at FC Kansas City wish Mel the very best of luck with Houston,” technical director Huw Williams said in the release. “She has shown nothing but the utmost professionalism while with our club.”

The team also announced that defender and Roeland Park native Nia Williams had accepted a teaching job in the Kansas City area and will now serve as a reserve player for the Blues.

“At the beginning of May an opening came up, I decided to apply for the job. This was one of the hardest decisions I’ve made,” Williams said in the release. “I was torn because I was going to be leaving one of my dreams for another. I am truly grateful that I was given the opportunity to play for the city I grew up in.”

Williams appeared in nine matches with FC Kansas City and started four. She also coached the FC Kansas City youth club team and helped with camps throughout the summer.

To reach Kathleen Gier, call 816-234-4875 or send email to kgier@kcstar.com. Follow her on Twitter @kgier.

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