Houston Dash’s Record-Signing Maria Sanchez Requests Trade

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Sources: Dash record-signing Sanchez wants trade

Houston Dash winger Maria Sanchez, who signed a substantial contract in December, has requested a trade mere months after committing to one of the most lucrative deals in National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) history. Sources confirmed this development to ESPN. The NWSL trade and transfer windows are both set to close at midnight ET on Friday, adding urgency to Sanchez’s desire for a move.

Sanchez’s contract with Houston, spanning three years with an additional option year, was valued at $1.5 million, inclusive of bonuses and the optional fourth year. Despite its size, subsequent contracts in the league surpassed it shortly after signing. The Dash’s spokesperson reaffirmed Sanchez’s contractual obligations, emphasizing her choice of free agency at the conclusion of 2023.

As a restricted free agent during the recent offseason, Houston had the prerogative to match any offers from other NWSL teams to retain Sanchez’s rights. However, her contract with the league ensures continuity if she transitions to another team, with only a limited number of clubs able to accommodate her. Sanchez recognized for her adept left-footed service and technical prowess, has made significant contributions both in the NWSL and as a Mexico international.

Maria Sanchez
Maria Sanchez (Credits: Just Women Sports)

Since joining Houston in 2022 following a brief loan stint the previous year, Sanchez has played a pivotal role as a versatile winger, adept at various positions on the field. The Houston Dash, founded in 2014 as an NWSL expansion team, has grappled with organizational instability, notably evidenced by frequent coaching changes. Five different coaches have led the team since the start of the 2022 season, with interim appointments adding to the upheaval.

The recent firing of head coach Sam Laity last year, with the team still in contention for a playoff spot, and the dismissal of former goalkeeper coach Matt Lampson due to policy violations underscore the turbulent environment within the club. The appointment of Fran Alonso as head coach in December was accompanied by aspirations of stability and long-term success, with Sanchez’s signing cited as a key component in fostering a new club identity and culture.

Despite these ambitions, the Houston Dash’s performance on the field has been underwhelming, managing only a 1-2-1 record in four games this season. Notably, they have conceded more goals compared to the previous year. These defensive challenges underscore the broader difficulties in realizing organizational goals into measurable success on the pitch. This raises doubts about the effectiveness of recent endeavors to stabilize and enhance the club’s position within the NWSL.


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