Houston Dash forward Melissa Henderson announced her retirement from professional soccer on Wednesday after five seasons in the NWSL.
Henderson, who made 37 appearances and 32 starts in her professional tenure, previously played for the Boston Breakers and FC Kansas City before joining the Dash in 2014.
“With a heavy, yet peaceful heart, I close a chapter of my life that has brought me so much joy these last 23 years,” Henderson said in a statement. “To my family, teammates, coaches, friends and fans – thank you. You have been a part of God’s journey for me from the beginning. Your love, support and encouragement have become my backbone throughout my career.”
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To my family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans, and Dash organization.. ❤🙏🏻https://t.co/yW7hFs1xn8
— Melissa Henderson (@Mhenderson06) June 14, 2017
Henderson came to the NWSL after a standout career at Notre Dame, during which she tied for the fourth-most goals in program history with 70. She was a two-time first-team All-American and three-time first-team All-Big East selection while in college.