Puskas Award runner-up Stephanie Roche joins Sunderland

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Stephanie Roche, who was runner-up in Fifa's goal of the season award for 2014, has signed for Women's Super League One side Sunderland.

The Irish striker, 26, moves from US Women's Soccer League club Houston Dash, four months after joining them.

Roche was nominated for the Fifa Puskas Award following her volleyed goal for Irish women's club Peamount United.

She eventually lost out to Colombia's James Rodriguez for his strike against Uruguay in the 2014 World Cup.

"It's great to be at Sunderland Ladies and I can't wait to get started," the Republic of Ireland international told the club's website.

"I know there is a high standard in WSL 1 and it's something I'm looking forward to being a part of.

"The team have done really well this season and hopefully I can play my part too."

Stephanie Roche
Stephanie Roche (left) in action for the Republic of Ireland against United States

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