The Houston Dash scored four unanswered goals leading to a 4-2 road win over Gotham FC. The win moved Houston in third place in the NWSL table. The win moved Houston to 2-0 under interim head coach Juan Carlos Amoros.
Houston led 2-1 at the hour mark before the offense kicked it into gear. Goals by Sophie Schmidt and Ebony Salmon a minute part turned the nail biter into an easy win. Schmidt's goal in the 70th minute after a beautiful drop from Marissa Viggiano curled into the upper 90 from the top of the 18 yard box. Viggiano also helped pave the way for the Dash's go ahead goal in the 36th minute. Her pass found Maria Sanchez on the flank and her service into the box found the head of Shea Groom.
While Houston was putting up four goals for the second consecutive match under Amoros, Rachel Daly was across the pond helping England win the Women's 2022 EUROs in front of a record setting crowd of 87,000 plus. It was exactly the kind of performance Houston has been looking for when their best players are gone.
"Today, the main thing we showed is the character and competitiveness we want," said AMoros following the match.
"Obviously, the game didn't start the way we wanted, going behind, but the reaction from the team, the football we play, showed that we could go against the environment, away from home to get the result.
The main thing today was the character of the team, which they showed today on the pitch. It was
outstanding, and they were able to play moments of brilliant football, so very pleased."
Houston had trailed 1-0 just four minutes into the match before beginning their response. Schmidt had nothing but praise for the team as a whole and how this match was indicative of the growth of Houston Dash soccer.
The team and Juan (Carlos Amoros)
coming in has made the transition for the international players super easy, seamless," said Schmidt. "The team has put
in so much work while we were gone. It's just a testament to our culture. Just how seamless it's been to
have people come in and out of the environment. So, kudos to the players that filled the gaps while we
were away. Making our job easy when we came back to give us the best position moving forward.”
Houston now prepares for a trip the Pacific Northwest on August 7th against the OL Reign.