The Houston Dash announced a forward looking move on Tuesday as they trade Haley Hanson to the Orlando Pride. In exchange, Houston picked up $25,000 in allocation money and a second round pick n the 2023 NWSL draft.
Hanson was drafted in the 2018 NWSL Draft by the Houston Dash. The Overland, Kansas native played in 80 matches for Houston with 70 starts. With significantly reduced playing time under interim head coach Juan Carlos Amoros, the former Dash defender became expendable. She appeared in 15 matches this season with 11 starts in 2022. Since Amoros' arrival, her playing time went for 90 plus minutes per match to 31, 20, 45, and 18 in her last four games.
In the press release provided by the organization Dash president Jessica O'Neill had these parting words for Hanson.
“We are thankful for the contributions Haley made to this club and throughout her time here in Houston,” Houston Dash president Jessica O’Neill said. “She is a phenomenal player and an even better person. We wish her the best in the next part of her career with Orlando.”
The second round pick obtained by Houston actually came from the OL Reign who sent the pick and Ally Watt to Orlando for allocation money as well.
Throughout her career with Houston and in the offseason in the Australian W-League, Hanson has logged more than 7,000 minutes on the pitch and started 80 of 92 possible games across all competitions.