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Houston Dash sign Japanese international Aya Sameshima

Houston Dash sign Japanese international Aya Sameshima

Jan 29, 2014

The Houston Dash have acquired Japanese defender Aya “Same” Sameshima, the club announced today. Per team and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Sameshima (Full name pronunciation: eye-YA saw-may-SHEE-ma), 26, comes from Japanese club Vegalta Sendai in the Nadeshiko League. The Ustunomiya, Japan, native began her professional career with Tepco Mareeze of Yokohama in 2006 until the club’s disbandment in 2011. She moved to the United States to sign with the Boston Breakers (WPS) in 2011 before moving to French side Montpellier for the 2011-12 Divison 1 Féminine season.

"Sameshima is a world-class player who is gifted, very technical, and has great ability to get forward out of the back and into the attack,” said Dash head coach Randy Waldrum. “She brings a wealth of international experience to our team. I am extremely excited about Same and what she will bring to the Dash. She is very excited about joining our team and integrating herself into the Houston community.”

The veteran left back made her international debut in 2008 and has earned 52 caps for Nadeshiko Japan. Sameshima was part of the gold medal-winning team at the 2010 Asian Games, and started all six matches as Japan won the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. She also started five matches at the 2012 London Olympics as Japan earned the silver medal.

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Aya Sameshima (eye-YA saw-may-SHEE-ma)

Position: Defender

International: Japan

Date of Birth: June 16, 1987

Birthplace: Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan

Height: 5’ 2”

Previous club: Vegalta Sendai (Japan)

How acquired: via signing on January 24, 2014


The Houston Dash are a National Women’s Soccer League club that will begin 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 or call (713) 276-GOAL.