NWSL side Houston Dash released Stephanie Roche today as the club required space on their roster to sign two internationals, Australian Ellie Ellie Brush and Brazilian Camila.
Speaking to KeeperNotes.com, coach Randy Waldrum further explained the decision.
I really would have liked to have given her the time to be with us a season because I think she was getting better and better and adapting. Unfortunately, as I told her, as bad as we have been defensively, we had to make some moves. Two internationals, and the international spots being so critical, we had to let somebody go.
Unfortunately it came down to her; we just didn’t have the time to wait on her. I just hope I don’t grow to regret it at the end, but we had to do it with somebody.
Roche joined Houston back in February to much delight from the club's fans as she was just off the back of reaching worldwide renown as runner-up to James Rodriguez in the Puskas Award.
Each NWSL club has a limited number of squad spaces available for international players and in the end, Roche was a victim of this rule.
The Irish international tweeted her disappointment regarding the news on Wednesday evening.
Very disappointed to finish up with Houston Dash. Impossible to appreciate the highs without experiencing the lows #ToughDay
— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) May 20, 2015