Houston Dash/Sky Blue FC Preview

The Houston Dash are coming off a surprising loss and are excited to put it behind them as quickly as possible.  On Friday night, they face Sky Blue FC, a team that in previous seasons has enjoyed success against the Houston Dash however this is not the same team of previous years.  It is totally different.  They will be prepared to stop a side that has not lost at BBVA Compass Stadium in a season of firsts for the Houston Dash.

The Houston Dash and Sky Blue FC come in with exactly the same record at 1-1-0 and both come off losses in which they each had but one tally.

Here are three things fans can expect to see at the game.

First, there is no doubt that the Dash are out to keep the horrors of last week in their rearview mirror.  After a scoreless half in which they enjoyed the better chances but could not find the back of the net, the team scored an own goal to go down one and then allowed two more over the next minutes.  This week expect to see the offense convert especially if Denise O’Sullivan is available for selection regardless of if its in the starting eleven or off the bench.  This team has so much firepower that they have players on the bench who would be starting elsewhere.  Before it is all said and done they will prevail more often than not.

Second, the weather if it holds true as the weather man predicts will be a factor in the outcome.  If the rains come as they are surely expected to do, the side that maintains possession through short quick medium range passes will prevail.  Houston has Andressa to facilitate the attack without Carli Lloyd and fans will see a more atacking Brazilian than they have in the previous two games.  Morgan Brian and Amber Brooks will solidify the defense just in front of the back line leaving the 20 year old Brazilian to roam as she sees fit.  Should Brian not be a go due to a lingering hamstring issue, Cami Prevett may see her first action of the season or don’t be surprised to see Ohai drop a little further back and spend more time on the wing.

Third, Houston fans will see their side without Carli Lloyd due to injury and for  me that is a plus.  Yes, she will be surely missed however this is a blessing in disguise, a silver lining in a dark cloud, and any other cliche you might want to use.  This team was going to lose Carli Lloyd either way to the national team in preparation for Rio so let’s just have it over and done with and let this team grow together as they would have to anyway.  This is not to say that we are a better team without the best women’s player in the world only that I have would rather begin now and have her back healthy after Rio for the stretch run when we have the big names like Seattla and Portland etc on the schedule.

As the game progresses, the Houston Dash under head coach Randy Waldrum will impose their will on Sky Blue FC.  Houston has too much firepower and a growing defense that only plays better as time goes along. This is not to say that team with the longest, active scoring streak in the NWSL (12 games) will be a pushover.  Houston though does not make the same mistake twice and are a resilient side.

 

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