Gotham FC trade star defender Caprice Dydasco to Houston Dash

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Reigning NWSL Defender of the Year Caprice Dydasco is on her way to Houston.

On her 29th birthday, Dydasco was dealt to the Dash by Gotham FC in exchange for $120,000 in allocation money. For each postseason game the defender plays for the Dash, Gotham will receive an additional $10,000, up to a maximum of $30,000.

“We are excited to have Caprice join us in Houston and are thrilled that she wants to be a part of this project,” Dash president Jessica O’Neill said. “Her commitment to the vision of the Dash will be vital in our success. We are looking forward to the experience and leadership Caprice brings as we continue to push toward our first playoff appearance in club history.”

Not only the 2021 Defender of the Year but also a member of the league’s Best XI, Dydasco signed a two-year contract with Gotham FC in January.

So far this season, she’s started in 13 games for 11th-place Gotham, notching 29 clearances, eight blocks and seven interceptions. She also holds a 75 percent success rate in tackles and a 71.5 percent success rate in passes.

Dydasco missed Gotham FC’s 2-1 loss to the Dash on Wednesday, which ended her club-record streak of 54 consecutive regular-season appearances. In total, Dydasco appeared in 71 games for Gotham.

“Caprice is an extremely talented player and an even better person,” Gotham FC general manager Yael Averbuch West said. “She gave everything she had to this team and played a massive role in the transformation of our club. We are so thankful for her contributions and wish her nothing but success in Houston.”

She joins a Houston team that sits second in league standings with 28 points and a plus-10 goal differential. The Dash have gone undefeated in their last five and have not lost a game since July 8.

Houston could take over the top of the league standings with a win against third-place San Diego at 10 p.m. ET Saturday, and Dydasco is expected to be available for the match.