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NWSL: Melissa Henderson retires

While the Houston Dash will re-gain midfielder Carli Lloyd, the team will miss a vital part of their attack game.

On Wednesday, the Dash announced that forward Melissa Henderson will be retiring from professional soccer.

Henderson has featured in five NWSL seasons, which is how long the league has been standing.

“With a heavy, yet peaceful heart, I close a chapter of my life that has brought me so much joy these last 23 years,” Henderson said. “To my family, teammates, coaches, friends and fans – thank you. You have been a part of God’s journey for me from the beginning. Your love, support and encouragement have become my backbone throughout my career.”

Henderson retired prior to the 2016 NWSL season, but then returned to make seven appearances, starting four matches, for the Dash.

The 27-year-old from Garland, Texas originally entered the NWSL in 2012, signing with the Boston Breakers. During her short stint with Boston, Henderson featured in four matches.

In 2013, she made her way to the Midwest, signing with FC Kansas City, where she made 22 appearances. However, Henderson did not find the back of the net in two seasons with the Blues.

In 2014, Henderson was traded to the Dash on July 9. In three seasons with the Dash, Henderson recorded 37 appearances, starting 32 matches. While she did not score, she nabbed two assists.

Her college career was spent at the University of Notre Dame. With the Fighting Irish, Henderson made 97 appearances, scoring 70 goals.

To read Henderson’s farewell letter to her coaches, teammates and fans, click here.


Photo of Melissa Henderson courtesy of the Houston Dash.

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