Sunday night at 6:00pm CDT, the Houston Dash will get a true measure of how far they have come since last season and how far they may have yet to grow as a team when they travel to the Pacific Northwest for a battle with NWSL power Seattle Reign FC.
Houston should be at full strength minus midfielder Carlie Lloyd. The unexpected blessing of a weather postponed match with the then league leading Washington Spirit gave the Dash an unexpected two week break from all competition and a chance to get healthy. Eight players including Morgan Brian, Andressa, Poliana, Rachel Daly, Denise O’Sullivan, Janine Beckie, Allysha Chapman and goalkeeper Lydia Williams will all be available. All were productive for their international sides.
The squad posted a 3-0 friendly over FC Dallas during the break.
The Dash (2-3-1) feature a different squad than in previous seasons against Laura Harvey’s team. Houston’s offense is versatile, effective and relentless. Hope Solo, the Seattle keeper should have her hands full with the likes of O’Sullivan, Daly, Beckie, Ohai or whomever head coach Randy Waldrum sends out there.
The Dash defense will need to come with its A-game as Seattle appears healthy. Kim Little who has eight goals against Houston is healthy and has already netted three goals and two assists this season. Jessica Fishlock has recovered from her broken tibia and should be available for selection.
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Houston has been shut out in three of their last four matches something that the team needs to reverse something Waldrum addressed to OITO with a simple statement; “We need one.” Houston gets Seattle at a time when the team is struggling at home. The Dash plays three of its next four games on the road.
Overall, it will take a solid effort that goes a full 90 plus for the Dash to leave with a win. Both sides need the win.Seattle (2-3-2) is just a point ahead of Houston who sits in the eighth overall slot in the NWSL table with a game in hand.
A win Sunday night would be the first against the two-time NWSL champions and put .