The Washington Spirit have traded attacker Tiffany Weimer to the Houston Dash in exchange for the Dash’s natural fourth round pick in the 2019 NWSL College Draft. Washington acquired Weimer via the dispersal draft a few weeks ago in the aftermath of the Boston Breakers folding.
“We were delighted to select Tiffany in the Dispersal Draft and have the opportunity to bring her back to the Spirit,” said Washington head coach Jim Gabarra in a team press release. “Houston approached us about the possibility of bringing Tiff to the Dash. We all agreed for a number of reasons that the opportunity in Houston made the most sense. Tiff is an amazing person who will bring everything she has to the Houston organization. We wish her the best.”
Washington selected Weimer with the club’s third pick in the dispersal draft, the 20th pick overall. She had previously played for the Spirit, joining the team in 2014, but tore her ACL in preseason. In 2015 she appeared in four games for the Spirit before being sidelined due to complications from her ACL injury. After her stint with the Spirit she went to FC Kansas City, where she scored five goals. In 2017 she played in 17 games for the Breakers.
Due to the Spirit’s extraordinarily large potential squad, Weimer was unlikely to play much for the Spirit this season. Even after this trade, the Spirit have the rights to 30 players. NWSL rosters remain restricted to 20 players, though dispersal draft selections do not require a roster spot for 2018. That would have applied to Weimer, and will apply to Rose Lavelle and Elizabeth Wenger.