Credit: Nigel Brooks

Houston Dash look to defeat league leaders Seattle Reign FC

The Houston Dash have gone three matches in a row without knowing defeat, one win against Boston Breakers and draws against Chicago Red Stars and Washington Spirit, respectively.

Seattle Reign FC just faced their first loss of the season on July 12th, and have pretty much dominated the rest of the season. They’re currently 1-1-1 in their past three games. Seattle defeated Houston at Seattle in the beginning of the season.

Reign FC have already secured playoff spot and are currently sitting comfortably on top of the standings. They have a ten point lead on second place, and have been playing amazing soccer throughout the season.

The Dash, however, are outside looking in and have a very small chance of qualifying for the playoffs. However, they’ve looked better as the season has gone on, and would love nothing more than to end their inaugural season with a bang by handing Seattle their second defeat of the season.

Match Information

Date: July 30, 2014

Time: 8pm CST

Location:  “The Oven” BBVA Compass Stadium

Live Stream: ESPN3.com

Television: CSN (Comcast Sports Network)

 

The Teams

Seattle Reign FC (14-1-4), 46 points, 1st place

Seattle has been dominant throughout the entire season. They’re currently in first and second is 9 points behind, but Seattle has a game in hand. As stated before, they’ve already assured themselves a playoff spot, and with only 12 points left in the season for most teams. First place is theirs to lose.

During the season, Seattle has dominated almost every possible statistic there is. They have the best offense in the league by scoring 40 goals in 19 games, and conceding the least with with 15. In order to put this into perspective, they average over 2 goals per game and concede less than one a game.

Kim Little is currently the league leader in goals scored, 12, and both goal keepers for Seattle have the best goals against average in the league, Haley Kopmeyer with 0.333 and Hope Solo with 0.875. It should be noted that Kopmeyer has that average only playing 3 games, while Solo has started in 16.

Even though it seems like every single statistic is against the Houston Dash. There’s one factor that may work against Seattle, and that’s the heat of the Oven. Reign FC players have been complaining on Twitter about the Houston humidity and heat since they arrived here.

If one of the best players in United States Women’s soccer, Sydney Leroux, feels affected by the heat. Then chances are that everybody else on the team must also be suffering. It looks like The Oven may be the player of the match.

Houston Dash (5-10-3), 18 points, 8th place

Houston has fought hard throughout the season. Results may not have come their way, but for anybody that has attended a game or practice, it is quickly made apparent that this team has fight and heart.

The Dash would love nothing more than to avoid ending the season in last place and finishing with a bang by defeating the current league-leaders Seattle Reign FC. One win against Seattle will have the league talking about the new team from Texas.

This is match-up has a David versus Goliath feel to it. In one corner, we have a team made up of players that may not yet be household names and are new to the league. In the opposite corner, there stands a team made-up of Olympic Gold Medalists, Goalkeeping Legend Hope Solo, and a striker known by every single fan of the United States Women’s National Team, Sydney Leroux.

However, soccer is an unpredictable sport, and our Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod has already proven herself in games against the U.S. so she’s capable of putting up a valiant effort against Reign FC.

Prediction

Seattle can’t handle the heat and lose 3-2 against Houston Dash.

Injury Report

Seattle Reign FC: Amanda Frisbie (out) 

Houston Dash: Brittany Bock (out), Lauren Sesselmann (out), Teresa Noyola (out)

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