Katie Naughton has quickly become an integral member of the Houston Dash – both on and off the field. The 27-year-old center back arrived in Houston in February 2020 after being traded from the Chicago Red Stars. Katie Naughton was a constant presence on the Red Stars backline and came to Houston with 83 appearances in the NWSL. The defender made her Dash debut during the 2020 Challenge Cup and helped Houston earn its first championship in club history. In the seasons since, Naughton has solidified herself as the anchor of the Houston backline – playing every minute of every game across all competitions for the Dash in 2021.