NWSL: Portland, Andressinha part ways; Houston picks up Katie Stengel

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Portland, Oregon — Andressinha is going home. The Brazilian international and the Portland Thorns agreed to mutually part ways, the club announced on Wednesday. Andressinha has been searching for more playing time.

Joining the Thorns for two seasons, Andressinha appeared in just seven matches in 2019, starting four matches. She scored once against the Orlando Pride back in May. However, she did start in Portland’s semifinal match against the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL playoffs.

Gavin Wilkinson, Thorns general manager, said that the organization supports the Brazilian going back to her native country for more playing time. Andressinha is expected to be part of Brazil’s qualifying roster for the Olympics.

“To all the staff, my teammates and the fans in Portland, you welcomed me in an heartwarming way during my time with the club,” Andressinha said. “Even a few thousand miles away from the people I love, you made me feel at home. Thank you all for all the support.”

Mark Parsons, Thorns head coach, called her a “fantastic player and person.”

“[Andressinha] has been very important to our club for the past two years and I want to thank her for her commitment,” Parsons said. “I’m excited to see her move back to Brazil and have a fantastic year of preparation ahead of a big Olympics for herself and her country.”

In her first season with the Thorns, Andressinha made 22 appearances. She began her NWSL journey with the Houston Dash, where she remained from 2015-17. In Houston, Andressinha made over 40 appearances for the Dash. She has not announced where she will sign in Brazil.

Katie Stengel traded to the Dash

Meanwhile, the Houston Dash have picked up an attacking player.

Katie Stengel — who is currently featuring for Canberra United in the W-League — was traded to the Dash from the Utah Royals FC. Stengel spent the last two seasons in Utah, starting 16 of her 24 appearances this past season. In total, Stengel has 83 NWSL appearances in the last six years.

Stengel has also featured for the Washington Spirit and Boston Breakers

“Adding Katie to our squad is a vital piece in how we want to play and provides us tactical flexibility,” James Clarkson, Dash head coach, said. “We are all excited she’s joining us.”

Stengel began her professional career in Europe, signing with Bayern Munich for the 2014-15 season. That year, Bayern won the Frauen Bundesliga Championship, and Stengel led the team with nine goals. She made 20 appearances during her time in Germany before returning to the United States.

Meanwhile, the Utah Royals have picked up a pair of draft picks. Houston dealt their second-round pick in the 2020 NWSL College Draft, and another second-round pick for the 2021 draft.

Utah also sent a draft pick, along with Stengel. Houston has acquired the Royals’ third-round pick in the 2020 draft.

“Thank you to Stengel for the role she played for us these past two years. With this pick we look forward to growing our youth talent in this upcoming draft,” Stephanie Lee, Royals general manager, said.

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