The Chicago Red Stars have acquired forward Melissa Tancredi from the Houston Dash in exchange for goalkeeper Erin McLeod, the team announced today.
McLeod posted a 5-6-5 record along with 1.75 goals against average for the Red Stars in 2013.
The 2014 NWSL season marks Tancredi’s return to soccer after taking last year off to complete chiropractic school. The 32-year-old was allocated to the Dash on Jan. 3.
Surprisingly the move was announced a day after the NWSL trade period had come to an end and the expansion draft lists were handed in.
The prospect of playing Tancredi alongside Christen Press should be a viable threat to bolster Chicago’s scoring. The Red Stars scored 32 goals, tied for 4th best in the NWSL last season.
Both McLeod and Tancredi both are on Canada’s Women’s National Team and have played together in two FIFA Women’s World Cups.