Dash trade defender Romero to Spirit for Cross

Jeff Kassouf December 2, 2014 7
Arianna Romero is now a member of the Washington Spirit. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Arianna Romero is now a member of the Washington Spirit. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

The Houston Dash and Washington Spirit swapped defenders on Tuesday, with the Spirit acquiring Arianna Romero and Houston getting Niki Cross.

Romero, a 22-year-old Mexican international, started 19 games for Houston in a breakout rookie season. She recently helped Mexico qualify for the 2015 Women’s World Cup and win the gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games.

“Ari was one of the best rookies in the league last year and is someone we have been very interested in for a while”, Spirit general manager and coach Mark Parsons said. “She will bring plenty of quality in the back as well as a great attitude to get forward and create chances in the attacking third.”

Romero, who was allocated to Seattle Reign FC in January 2014, was then selected seventh overall by the Dash in the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft.

  • GT

    This looks like a mistake on Houston’s part. Romero is really good. Although I haven’t seen much of Cross, so we’ll see.

  • kernel_thai

    Strange deal
    Romero Free, 22, starter, going WC
    Cross Paid, 29, played behind Pressley, available all season.

    From the Houston angle they got something they needed but over paid for it. On the bright side outside back is an area of strength and there r plenty in the draft.

    From the Washington angle they have Krieger (who guess stays at CB), Dunn (who may get some midfield time) and Romero at right outside back.

    • newsouth

      the league should be worried about building brand and that comes with household players on the roster. this is the same nonsense as the WPS. they dump a good long term player for a player who is available for 5 or 6 games while WC players are away. Mexico won’t even get out of group. in other words their record won’t change with cross there for the couple of games that romero would miss. boneheaded trade.

  • Rdalford

    Somewhat surprised. Cross is experienced CB which Houston needs after trading away Whitney Engan but Romero is good young player who played well for Houston. Since Washington already has Kreiger and Dunn, Romero would appear to be 3rd RB and all three will be out for WWC with their respective NTs.

  • newsouth

    no only is it a jacked up trade but romero was a good demographic fit for houston. some trades don;t even make sense in this league.

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  • uh

    so the spirit and fckc seem to be stacking up on players that are likely to be missing playing time because of the world cup. remains to be seen how smart a move that might be.