FC Kansas City announced Wednesday that they had completed a trade with the Houston Dash. The Blues send forward Melissa Henderson to Houston in exchange for a 3rd round draft pick. "All of us at FC Kansas City wish Mel the very best of luck with Houston." Technical Director Huw Williams said via press release.
Henderson not only returns to her home state of Texas but will also be playing again for Randy Waldrum, her coach at Notre Dame where she was so productive, scoring 70 goals. Henderson appeared in 22 matches, starting 16 for the Blues.
Henderson became a key piece of the Blues attack last season when they moved her up top in their 4-2-3-1 formation where she was better able to bring the midfield in to the attack. With the additions of Amy Rodriguez, Sarah Hagen and Morgan Marlborough she has struggled to find playing time this season.
Sources close to the situation revealed that FC Kansas City had more than one offer for Henderson and could have received more in trade for the talented forward but sent her where she was most likely to find playing time.
Williams transitions to a new role
Defender Nia Williams has accepted a teaching job in the Kansas City area. Williams is now a reserve player for the Blues and will still train with the team.
"At the beginning of May an opening came up, I decided to apply for the job. This was one of the hardest decisions I've made." Williams said on her decision. "I was torn because I was going to be leaving one of my dreams for another. I am truly grateful that I was given the opportunity to play for the city I grew up in."
Williams appeared in 9 matches throughout her time with FC Kansas City and started in 4. She coaches for the FC Kansas City youth club team and helps with camps throughout the summer. She completed her degree in education at Missouri State University in May.
Sunday's match at Portland has been moved back from 4 PM to 6 PM to allow fans an opportunity to watch both this key NWSL match and the World Cup final between Argentina and Germany.