The Houston Dash have acquired Austrian forward Nina Burger pending receipt of her P-1 Visa and ITC, the club announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Burger, 26, joins the Dash from Austrian club SV Neulengbach, where she has played since 2005. Burger scored 239 goals in her nine years with Neulengbach, claiming the league scoring title six times from 2006-12, and was voted player of the year in 2010. She currently tops the ÖFB Fraunliga scoring charts for the 2013-14 season with 20 goals in 21 games.
Burger has competed in the UEFA Women’s Champion’s League and its predecessor, the UEFA Women’s Cup, with Neulengbach in every season since joining the team in 2005. Burger scored six goals in this year’s competition, eventually falling to Tyresö FF and future Dash teammates Whitney Engen and Megan Klingenberg in the quarterfinals.
“I’m really excited about adding Nina to our roster, as this has been in the works for some time now,” head coach Randy Waldrum said. “She has a great track record of scoring goals both for club and country. She adds a dimension to our attack that we need, and her international experience will be important to our young side.
“Along with the addition of Kaylyn Kyle this week, we are starting to add some additional international experience to the team, which we need in order to achieve the goals we’ve set for this season. I am definitely excited to add Nina to the Dash family.”
The Tulln an der Donau, Austria, native is the third-most capped player for theAustrian Women’s National Football Team with 50 since 2005. Her 29 international goals are the second-most by an Austrian woman.
Burger will join the team ahead of Saturday’s home match against FC Kansas City, but is not expected to be available for selection. Tickets for Saturday’s match, which will kick off at 7 p.m. CT at BBVA Compass Stadium, are available at www.HoustonDashSoccer.com/tickets or by calling (713) 276-GOAL.
Date of Birth: December 27, 1987
Birthplace: Tulln an der Donau, Austria
Height: 5’ 7”
Previous club: SV Neulengbach (Austria)
How acquired: via discovery signing on April 30, 2014
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The Houston Dash are a National Women’s Soccer League club that began play in April 2014 for the start of the league’s second season. The Dash are the first expansion club in the NWSL, joining the eight original members that launched the league in 2013. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. It is the top-flight women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. The 24-game regular season runs from April through August. The team trains at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, visit www.HoustonDashSoccer.com or call (713) 276-GOAL.