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Dash ink Brazilian defender Bruna Benites

The Houston Dash appear to be using the offseason to reshape their back line. A day after sending Allysha Chapman to the Breakers, the club announced the signing of Bruna Benites. The Brazilian defender has been capped 45 times and most recently played club soccer at Avaldsnes IL in Norway.

The signing leaves the Dash with two international spots for next season, one of which was acquired in the Chapman trade. At that time, Corey Roepken of the Houston Chronicle reported the Dash had a verbal agreement with an international center back. But according to Roepken and Hal Kaiser of, Benites is not that defender and that an additional center back should be announced in the next few weeks.

In three seasons since joining NWSL in 2014 as the league’s first expansion side, the Dash have yet to qualify for the playoffs.


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