Reign FC and the Houston Dash made a big trade today, with defender Megan Oyster and forward Shea Groom headed to Houston in exchange for the rights to forward/fullback Sofia Huerta and midfielder/defender Amber Brooks, who will see her second stint with the Reign. A 2022 2nd round draft pick could also conditionally go to the Dash.
Huerta was originally drafted by the Chicago Red Stars in 2015 and played there for three and a half seasons, making 77 appearances and scoring 22 goals, and earning NWSL Second XI honors in 2015 and 2017. She was traded to the Houston Dash at her request in mid-2018 as part of a large three-team swap that saw Christen Press go to Utah, in part because she was seeking more playing time at outside back, the position where former US National Team head coach Jill Ellis thought she would most likely earn call-ups to the USWNT. In Houston she continued to primarily see time as a midfielder and forward, making 36 appearances and scoring 10 goals, and made NWSL Second XI a third time in 2018. She has also had several off-season loan stints to W-League teams, and is currently playing for Sydney FC.
Brooks started her NWSL career in Portland in 2014, before a series of off-season trades saw her initially move to Western New York Flash before ultimately coming to Seattle as part of the trade that saw Sydney Leroux head east. After one season at Memorial Stadium, she was traded to the Dash in exchange for Meghan Klingenberg in a complicated gambit to protect the rest of the deep Reign roster from the Orlando Pride expansion draft. Brooks has spent the past four seasons in Houston, making 91 appearances at midfield and centerback and scoring four goals. She is currently with Adelaide United in the W-League.
The Reign say goodbye to one of their starting centerbacks in Oyster, who joined the team via the Boston Breakers dispersal draft. She started 41 games in the past two years for the Reign and scored one goal. Groom came to the Reign before the 2019 season after spending one year at Sky Blue FC. She made 16 appearances for the Tacoma side and scored two goals.