Rachel Daly Follows Football Home

The Houston Dash marked an end of an era this week, in a not wholly unexpected but still significant piece of transfer news.

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Dash captain Rachel Daly, fresh off a win with England at the Euros, completed a transfer to Aston Villa in the Barclays English FA Women’s Super League (WSL).

Daly had played for the Dash for seven years, many of which were spent toiling through the growing pains of making the expansion side great.

Drafted from St. John’s University in 2016, Daly appeared in 116 matches for the club, scoring 42 goals and notching 12 assists.

While she never made a playoff appearance during a regular season, she did hoist the 2020 Challenge Cup trophy with the club.


The 30-year-old’s loyalty to Houston never wavered, but after coming back to England for the Lionesses’ Euros campaign, she felt the pull of home.

The move was made to accommodate her desire to be closer to her family.
“It pains me to say goodbye,” she wrote on Twitter.

“This past year for myself and my family has been incredibly tough. The silver lining has been bringing football home and getting the opportunity to be around family. This made me realize this is exactly what I needed, to be home.”


The Dash recently traded for fellow Brit Ebony Salmon, who is fitting in well as the focal point of Houston’s attack.

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“Rachel has been an integral part of the Houston Dash for seven years and she will be missed not only as a world-class footballer, but also as a driven and passionate leader on and off the pitch,” said Dash president Jessica O’Neill.

Aston Villa manager Carla Ward welcomed Daly to her squad and implied she’ll be used as a forward despite playing outside back for her country.

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