On Monday June 27th, the Houston Dash announced the acquisition of forward Ebony Salmon in a deal with Racing Louisville FC. The English international is in her second NWSL season after playing professionally in England since 2017.
The addition of Salmon adds more depth to the Dash attack. The 21 year old attacker has appeared in five matches Racing Louisville this season. She made her NWSL debut against the Houston Dash as a 71st minute sub on June 20, 2021. Moments later, she scored her first NWSL goal and the game winner. The newest member of the Houston Dash went on to score a team high six goals and three assists for Racing last season.
Salmon grew up in the Aston Villa Academy and was a regular fixture on the English Women's U-17 and U-19 youth teams. As captain of the U-17's in 2018, she turned in a hat trick against Italy advancing her team to the UEFA knock out round. She made her senior team debut October 23, 2021 against Northern Ireland.
Prior to coming the the NWSL, Salmon spent three years with Aston Villa Academy and was a big part of the 2017 first team where she scored seven goals inn 12 appearances in the FA Super Women's League 2. After being loaned out to Sheffield United, she scored seven more goals before moving on to Bristol City in 2019. During her time with the Robins, she found the back of the net five more times.
Houston gives up $150,000 in allocation money for 2022 and $25,000 more in allocation money for 2023. In exchange, they receive $15,000 in performance based incentives for 2022. The Dash, also, signed Salmon to a contract extension through 2023. All in all, Houston gave up very little to obtain another proven scorer. Salmon will be available for selection for the upcoming July 1st match with the Kansas City Current at PNC Stadium.