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Thursday 14 December 2017

Stephanie scores with deal at top US club

Wonder-goal scorer Stephanie Roche has revealed that she's signed a two-year deal with US football club Houston Dash.

Roche (25), who was the runner up in Fifa's Puskas award for the best goal in 2014, will be the first Irish woman to play in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL).

The striker left French side ASPTT Albi after struggling with the language, but Roche is now looking forward to playing in one of the world's biggest women's leagues.

"No Irish woman has ever gone over to play in the NWSL so it is going to be a big challenge for me. I am under no illusions it's going to be easy," she said.

"I have taken my time with this. A lot of people have been asking me where I was going.

"With France I think I may have jumped into it too fast. I never thought the language barrier would be as big an issue as it turned out to be."

Footballer boyfriend Dean Zambra will be travelling with her.

"He's going to try and look for a club over there and I'm delighted to have him there with me. It'll make things easier and I'll be able to settle in a lot easier," she told RTE Radio.

The former Peamount United player shot to fame last year for her goal against Wexford Youths which garnered millions of hits on YouTube.

She lost out on the Fifa award to Colombian star James Rodriguez who won for a goal he scored at the World Cup.

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