Ebony Salmon joins Houston Dash from Racing Louisville FC

Lizzy Becherano
Racing Louisville FC's Ebony Salmon leaves to join Houston Dash.
Racing Louisville FC's Ebony Salmon leaves to join Houston Dash. / Daniel Bartel/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Ebony Salmon is headed to the Houston Dash. 

Racing Louisville FC and the Dash agreed to a trade in exchange for allocation money, seeing the player sign a contract extension with the Houston side through the 2023 NWSL season. She will be available for her new club next match on July 1.

“We thank Ebony for all of her contributions here in Louisville and see this as an opportunity for her to get the minutes she’s seeking,” said Racing coach Kim Björkegren. “At the same time, the allocation money received will in return allow us to pursue new player signings this year.”

Racing will receive $150,000 in allocation money in 2022, following by an additional $25,000 in 2023. The deal also includes performance-based incentives, with Louisville seeing up to $15,000 more in allocation money this year if Salmon meets the criteria while with the Dash.

“This was obviously a difficult decision to make,” Racing’s president, James O’Connor, said of the trade. “Ebony is a young player with a bright future. We wish her the very best moving forward and appreciate the work she put in here.”

Salmon initially joined from Bristol City and departs Racing Louisville as the highest scorer during their inaugural season, managing six goals in 2021. 

“I am excited for the next chapter, but I want to thank the Racing fans for all of their support over the past year,” Salmon said. “When I arrived in Louisville, they welcomed me with open arms.”

She now arrives at fourth place Houston Dash, as the team challenges the Portland Thorns, San Diego Wave and Chicago Red Stars for the top spot in the league.