Wednesday, March 29, 2023

NWSL: Houston Dash forward Diana Ordóñez signs new three-year contract

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Ordóñez signed a new, three-year agreement with Houston through the 2025 season
Houston acquired Ordóñez via a trade with North Carolina Courage on Jan. 12
Ordóñez and the Dash kickoff the 2023 campaign at Shell Energy Stadium on March 26 against Racing Louisville FC

HOUSTON – The Houston Dash announced today that forward Diana Ordóez has signed a new three-year contract with the team through the 2025 season.

Alex Singer, the general manager of Dash, stated, “Diana is a key piece in our style of play and adds another dimension to our attack.” She is committed to perfecting her craft and possesses all the tools necessary to be one of the world’s best strikers. We are looking forward to collaborating with her and have been impressed by her commitment to the club and desire to improve. The company is delighted that she will stay on.

In a trade with North Carolina earlier this year, Houston obtained Ordóez just before the 2023 NWSL Draft began. In exchange for the Texas native, Houston offered $100,000 in allocation funds, a first-round pick in the 2024 draft, and a spot on the International team in 2023. The contract Houston received from NCC as part of the trade is now obsolete thanks to the new agreement between Ordóez and the Dash.

Having been the No. Ordóez, who was selected sixth overall in the 2022 NWSL Draft, spent her rookie season in North Carolina, making 19 appearances and 17 starts. She set a rookie record for the most goals scored in a rookie season with 11 goals, which placed her fourth in the league.

According to Ordóez, “I’m feeling so blessed and excited to make this commitment to the club and the city.” With some of the best coaches, teammates, and support staff in the league, I can’t wait to build on the great year the team had last year.

Ordóez played club soccer for the FC Dallas Youth Academy while growing up in Prosper, Texas. The forward went on to play Division I soccer at the University of Virginia, where she was named to the All-ACC team three times and to the ACC Championship All-Tournament Team three times. Ordóez won the MAC Hermann Trophy in 2021 and was named an All-American by the United Soccer Coaches in her final year at UVA.

Ordóez, who plays for Mexico on the international stage, made her El Tri debut against Anguilla on April 9, 2022. She was a member of the USYNT but ultimately decided to play for Mexico at the senior level. She made her international debut against Anguilla with a brace after coming on as a substitute in the second half.

TRANSACTION: Diana Ordóez, a forward for the Houston Dash, signs a three-year deal that runs through the 2025 season.

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