IRISH STRIKER STEPHANIE Roche has been released by Houston Dash, the club confirmed this evening.
Roche, who rose to prominence after her stunning goal for Peamount United went viral, only signed for the club last February and played a total 24 minutes of action for the club in two substitute appearances.
The move has been made as the club look to accommodate two new signings – Australian defender Ellie Brush and Brazilian player Camila.
In reaction to the news, Roche tweeted: “Very disappointed to finish up with Houston Dash. Impossible to appreciate the highs without experiencing the lows.”
Part of a statement on the club’s official website reads: “In corresponding moves to make room on the 20-player roster, defender Stephanie Ochs has been placed on the season-ending injury list after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL and forward Stephanie Roche has been waived.”
In addition, in an interview with KeeperNotes.com, Houston Dash coach Randy Waldrum elaborated on the club’s reasons for letting Roche go, explaining: “I really would have liked to have given her the time to be with us a season because I think she was getting better and better and adapting.
“Unfortunately, as I told her, as bad as we have been defensively, we had to make some moves. Two internationals, and the international spots being so critical, we had to let somebody go.”
“Unfortunately it came down to her; we just didn’t have the time to wait on her. I just hope I don’t grow to regret it at the end, but we had to do it with somebody.”
Dash fans and Twitter in general have largely expressed their sympathies to Roche…