With two games left in the NWSL season, the Houston Dash are in a position to make franchise history. A win on Fan Appreciation Night at PNC Stadium and the Houston Dash earn their first ever playoff berth.
For a season that begun with the suspension of their head coach, the installation of Sarah Lowdon to interim without any head coaching experience to the best start in history to a smoothless transition from Lowdon to the next interim head coach in Juan Carlos Amoros to the addition of Ebony Salmon and the departure of Rachel Daly, the team is on the verge of history.
To call them a team of destiny, may still be premature however this team may be just that in 2022. Fighting through adversity, the team set record after record in the beginning under Lowdon setting the stage for Saturday night's home clash with the OL Reign.
A franchise best tenth win would earn Houston its first playoff berth. Currently holding down the fourth spot a point back of the Reign, this is a grudge match of sorts. Houston beat OLR six weeks ago in the Pacific Northwest behind Ebony Salmon's second half brace. this time, the Dash will have to do it without Salmon who is in COVID protocol.
Since that August match, both sides have lost just once so two of the hottest teams playing in what will be one of the hottest soccer venues on this night at about 95 degree kickoff vying for the top spot in the NWSL. The winner gets a playoff berth. That's how close to history Houston is in 2022.
Kick-off is set for 6:00pm CT with the game to stream live on Twitch.