Dash make deals to acquire Henninger, Ochs

Dan Lauletta January 13, 2014 51

The Houston Dash solidified their goalkeeper situation Monday when they acquired Bianca Henninger from FC Kansas City in exchange for their 3rd round pick in Friday’s draft.  The selection is No. 19 overall.  Henninger joins Erin McLeod who the Dash acquired in a trade with the Red Stars last week.

Henninger started two matches for the Blues in 2013.  One was a shutout win, the other was a 3-1 loss, both against the Red Stars.  She was selected with the 14th overall pick in the NWSL’s Supplemental Draft last year.

“We made a great trade in solidifying our goalkeeping needs,” Dash coach Randy Waldrum said.  “Bianca played for me with our U-23’s, and she is one of the best young U.S. goalkeepers out there.”

FC Kansas City remain strong in goal.  Nicole Barnhart returns after winning NWSL Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2013.  The club also acquired Cecilia Santiago through allocation from Mexico.  They now own the 5th, 12th, 16th, 19th, 20th, and 35th pick in this year’s draft.

Later Monday the Dash traded Danesha Adams to the Washington Spirit for Stephanie Ochs.  Adams scored 3 goals for Sky Blue FC and was taken by the Dash in the Expansion Draft.  Ochs, the top player taken in the Supplemental Draft last year, scored just once while appearing in all 22 matches, starting 21.  Ochs also played for Waldrum on the U-23 national team.

  • Jigsawwill

    Well… its easy to make decisions like this when you’re familiar with a player. You know what you’re getting.

  • kernel_thai

    Helps both teams. Now KC has another draft pick to help deal with the defection of their Canadian players.

    • Steglitz49

      It is a free world and the one who pays the piper calls the tune.

      • kernel_thai

        Which, tho lyrical, changes nothing I typed.

        • post limits

          What makes you think Steg was even trying to be on topic. just another example of the strange need to post.

  • wosofan

    If Barnhart were to suffer a serious injury (and I’m not wishing that on anyone), but if that were to happen, would FCKC really feel comfortable with Santiago as their No. 1?? I seriously doubt it. And that’s why I don’t like this trade. Relatedly, if FCKC were to use this newly-obtained 3rd Round pick on a goalkeeper, I don’t think they’d get a keeper of Henninger’s quality.

    • newsouth

      is henninger really that much better than santiago? who actually starts for a national team? the mexican team and coach are horrible overall, not this individual keeper. she has shown well in the world cup.

      • wosofan

        Henninger was the best keeper at the 2010 U20 World Cup. She commands the penalty area very well. Anyway, this is not the end of the world for FCKC by any means, but if they’d been allocated a back-up defender from Mexico (like Ariana Romero), I think they’d have been happier. With 3 keepers, they had to make a trade.

        • FCKCEvans

          I agree, i’m not positive which keeper is better between Santiago and Henninger but the difference in ability isn’t that stark, and Santiago is free, and I think that’s the difference. But I would agree, KC would have much rather just kept Henninger and been allocated Romero 100%.

    • FCKCEvans

      I agree with Newsouth. Santiago is the best allocation Mexico has to offer IMO. She’s very young and will get to train with Barhart who was keeper of the league. She has a lot of high level international experience. I will miss Henninger’s personality but from a goal-keeping standpoint I think it’s pretty even, and Santiago’s is free.

    • FCKCEvans

      Also, I think Henninger wanted to be with Shim in Houston.

      • Lindsey

        I’m not sure if Shim’s girlfriend would feel the same way. :)

        • FCKCEvans

          Uh oh, haha. That could get awkward. My bad. Both Shim and Henninger are professionals, should be fine.

      • Steglitz49

        Women gossip; men exchange information.

        • romel dias

          rubbish theory…

  • Rufan

    I did not understand why the Adams-Ochs trade until I read the last line
    “Ochs also played for Waldrum on the U-23 national team.”

    • SBFan

      I hope Sky blue doesn’t trade to get Adams back!!!!

      • Rufan

        Who is the SB protected discovery player ? could it be an int’l? now that teams can have 3. SB must think or know it will sign her. Goal scorer?

        • SBFan

          Thought they were going to announce something today about signing the protected player but so far nothing on their site or on twitter

        • Guest

          There is a Japanese player rumored to be going to them. Not unbelievable. Both Sky Blue and Reign have played over in Japan in the last three years and have a relationship with clubs there and Reign already has a player on loan. Japan’s league is being divided differently this year so teams are more inclined to let players go on loan during the NWSL months and return for the second half of their Japanese season.

    • Rufan

      Adams was one of the original “free agents”; higher paid than an supplemental player?

      • kernel_thai

        I would think if Washington offered Ochs for Adams straight up Sky Blue would have jumped at it…I guess u disagree.

      • Rufan

        My comment was directed to John’s below speculating about Spirit trading Ochs for salary savings.

        • kernel_thai

          I hate the way Disqus reshuffles the deck…nevermind.

  • john

    I have to say I don’t get Spirit accepting a straight Ochs for Adams trade. While neither is going to make anyone forget Marta I think DC sold (traded) Ochs cheap. I wonder if this a salary cap move related to a soon to be named discovery player.

    • Rufan

      See my comment above. But teams can always ask players to revised lower their contracts with threat of waiver.

      • john

        There is also the factor that Waldrum appears to be most comfortable gathering together players he has previously coached. Does this reflect a lack of familiarity w/ the pool in general or a notion that they will be able to play his system quicker?

        • http://www.phasedma.com Anthony

          It doesn’t reflect well on him. The team better be damn good. There is no reason that this taking players you know thing is all of a sudden going to start working. In Portland it worked in spite of it right? In Seattle it just didn’t work.

          • Silver Frost

            I agree. What would people think if a new NFL coach hired only players he knew back in the Big Ten? There’s only so far one can go with this tactic.

          • Guest

            How was that something Seattle did? Harvey hadn’t coached any of her players before and obviously didn’t coach college players. Little is the only player coming in that played for her before. Are you thinking Spirit and them going local last year?

        • rdalford

          US U-23 pool of players over the past few years includes many top level us players and Waldrum’s ND players also includes many strong players, so I am not sure that picking players he has coached is/should be a concern. As with any coach/team, will reserve judgement for actual results.

    • VaFan51

      It really is hard to be a Spirit fan when they make trades like this. Ochs has tremendous upside. This has to be a money thing somehow because it makes absolutely no sense on the pitch.

      • SpiritFan22192

        It was a trade to protect Harris from the expansion draft.

        • STT

          That explanation makes no sense. Waldrum got McLeod and wanted his u23 keeper Henninger, as well as McCarty and Kika. I see no reason why Harris would have been high on his to-get list in the first place.

        • guest

          If it had been a matter of protecting Harris, Washington would have given up Ochs in the draft the way Sky Blue gave up Bock. But Houston still could have taken Harris, and you’d think Washington would have to seriously consider giving Ochs up to get her back (which would now be a legal trade). I think it’s more a matter of Houston wanting Ochs badly, and Washington being in a position before the draft of being able to laugh off any threat of draft losses that Houston might have posed. Houston seems to have cleaned them out for spite, forcing them to reconsider. At least I’m having trouble squaring that this was somehow a deal for Wash. to get Adams.

          • morgs

            I don’t believe the whole backdoor dealing theories… Ochs, McCarty (and maybe Toulouse too?) all played for Waldrum and Houston had no need for a starting GK. One could argue they could have taken either Barnie or Harris hostage and forced Washington or FCKC to give up more than they already did in exchange, knowing full well that the NWSL was going to relax the rules on allocated for allocated only. They wanted these players, plain and simple.

          • SpiritFan22192

            What I said is not speculation, came from the horse’s mouth. Houston was going to take Harris. Washington agreed to a straight swap with them if they took Adams from Jersey as a replacement for Ochs. Without offending any players who may or may not read this, this is not what they wanted to happen… they wanted to keep Ochs, this wasn’t a plan for them to get adams, they made the best of their hand being forced.

          • SpiritFan22192

            Houston did what they could to get ochs, part of that was threatening to draft Harris unless they made a deal. When they made their protected/unprotected list, spirit was betting Dash wouldn’t take a goalie, so this is just how it kind of all shook out.

          • morgs

            lol
            so you are saying that Houston was going to take Harris? For what? Force them into trading at least 3 players back in exchange? Good luck with that. They already got all 3 without the hostage taking. Why not just let them take Harris and then get her back for Ochs rather than losing Ochs and two other players?

          • guest

            Exactly. I don’t know why this “guest” thinks he can pass off something that makes no sense as “horse’s mouth” info. Even saying for the sake of argument that Wash. agreed to give up McCarty and Toulouse in order to keep Harris, they still get to keep Ochs! The draft ended on Friday and what happened today was a trade! Wash. was not bound to make this trade and faced no penalty for not making it. If I’m Wash. and Houston tells me they’re going to waste a draft pick on a second allocated starting keeper who is not Barnie as leverage for obtaining a non-allocated player, I say, “Go right ahead, you bunch of lunatics.” If the threat were credible, Wash. could have protected Harris and exposed Averbuch (otherwise more likely to be drafted by a team that already has a starting keeper)–AND exposed Ochs! I put McCarty out there for insurance and say, “See who you can get in the draft and then come talk to me about Ochs.”

          • morgs

            yes. I can understand a backdoor deal to not draft Harris in exchange for Ochs and then getting Adams maybe, but why would Houston then take DC over the fence by taking another two of its players (no matter how valuable or not people will argue they are). Spirit comes out losing 3 players total that they need to replace. While saving Harris may be worth it to DC, that final deal still makes no sense.

          • rdalford

            ever consider not listening to talking horses

          • kernel_thai

            Then they got hustled plain and simple. They should have called their bluff and let them take Harris. Worst case scenario LeBlanc was available for a draft pick. Instead, a team with no goal scoring got talked out of it’s best front line player.

          • D23

            I think Taylor is a better front line player than Ochs. Nothing I have seen in the W-League recently convinces me otherwise. Ochs is playing well but Taylor is killing it. I wouldn’t necessarily rate Ochs that far above Cuellar either (if at all). The Spirit have an abundance of mid-field talent next year which may only leave two forward spots. Ochs may have seriously been competing for playing time at the Spirit. I am not buying conspiracy theories with this one. Especially from a ‘guest’ with a nameless horse.

          • seen my last Spirit game

            Hey there Parsons. Good luck trying to explain to how you got conned by the Dash.

  • wosofan

    If the Dash draft Ohai, then along with Ochs, that gives them two players with a really similar style of play and abilities. They are very athletic, with ability to run all day, and both are better playing out wide, not centrally. If Waldrum is serious about playing a 4-3-3, and really wants a high work rate, a pressing style, and pace, from his two outside forwards, then Ochs and Ohai are perfect.

    • newsouth

      Brian Cushing would agree with you.

  • FCKCEvans

    Let’s hope that KC’s evaluation of draft talent is on point with last year….Think Mewis/Tymrak and not Berry/Williams. Sad to see Henninger and Farrelly go. Perhaps they are really wanting to get KC girls in this draft home.

  • Jigsawwill

    The force is strong with this one. She’s going to set the world on fire come WC 2015.

    http://youtu.be/LqaxaLz_yYg

  • nwslfan

    unrelated, but I love that Sinead Farrelley is reunited with Riley in Portland. she deserves and will get more playing time

  • nwslfan

    EQ, why cut my post?? love Farrelly and glad she is getting another shot w Riley at Thorns. she deserves, but had no chance at real minutes behind Holiday and Tymrack