The Houston Dash have traded forward Chioma Ubogagu to the Orlando Pride. In return, they will receive the Pride’s natural third round draft pick in the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
Ubogagu made fifteen appearances with the Dash, including nine starts during her one season with the team.
A product of Stanford University, Ubogagu was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 NWSL College Draft with the 28th overall pick by Sky Blue FC.
She would have been selected earlier but for word that she was headed overseas. Not long after the draft, Ubogagu signed with Arsenal – the English club she supported as a youth. During her one year there, she scored seven goals in thirteen appearances.
News that she was interested in a return to the United States after the 2015 FA-WSL season led the Dash to trade their fourth round pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft and their third round pick in the 2017 NWSL College Draft to Sky Blue in return for her rights.
Ubogagu was an active part of the Dash forward rotation in the first half of the 2016 season, scoring a goal and adding an assist over that time. However, she fell out of favor in the aftermath of the Olympics.
Over the final six matches of the season, Ubogagu made only two appearances for a total of fourteen minutes of playing time.
The move to Orlando gives Ubogagu a chance for a fresh start and, potentially, more playing time in Tom Sermanni’s attack.
As a result of the trade, the Dash now have three picks in the third round of the 2018 NWSL College Draft. The Pride, on the other hand, are once again down to little in the way of draft picks for next season. The only pick currently in their hands is their natural second round pick.
It is a risky gambit for a team with a roster that does not look materially better than their expansion year roster of last season. That roster saw them to ninth place.
Meanwhile, the teams around them all look improved over last year. Should they finish near the bottom again in 2017, they currently have little in the way of ability to improve for 2018.