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Ireland international O'Sullivan earns big move to the US

The 22-year-old is joining Houston Dash from Glasgow City.

O'Sullivan has 46 caps for Ireland.
O'Sullivan has 46 caps for Ireland.
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

IRELAND WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL Denise O’Sullivan is heading to the States after agreeing a move to Houston Dash.

The 22-year-old, who played with Peamount United and Cork City Women’s before joining Glasgow City in 2013, will link up with Fifa World Player of the Year Carli Lloyd at the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) club, who finished fifth last season.

Comfortable as an attacking midfielder or in the striker’s role, O’Sullivan has been a regular in the Ireland team since making her senior debut in 2011 — with a return of eight goals in 46 appearances for Sue Ronan’s side.

She has also gained experience in the Uefa Women’s Champions League with Glasgow City.

Stephanie Roche, a team-mate of O’Sullivan’s with the Girls in Green, spent three months with Dash last year before her contract was terminated.

“What we really liked about Denise was her quickness, she’s dynamic and she’s extremely skillful,” said Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum.

We think she is going to be a great fit for our midfield. Especially when you look at our midfield with players like Morgan Brian who is very technical or Andressa, Carli Lloyd and Amber Brooks, she fits the profile.”

Waldrum was scouting another player when Cork native O’Sullivan caught his eye.

“I received film on a different player and I actually liked Denise more than anyone else,” he added. “We felt that she would bring a different approach with her international experience.

“This will be crucial when we lose our national team players to training camps and the Olympic Games later this year. With Ireland not participating in the Olympic football tournament, we expect to have her the whole season.”

Watch O’Sullivan talk about the move and leaving Glasgow City:

Source: Glasgow City FC/YouTube

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