The Houston Dash announced their 28-player roster today ahead of the 2021 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Challenge Cup presented by Secret Deodorant and regular season.
Houston is set to kick off their Challenge Cup title defense on Friday, April 9 when they welcome the Chicago Red Stars to BBVA Stadium for the opening game of the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by Secret Deodorant. The rematch of the 2020 Challenge Cup Final is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. CDT as forward Kealia Watt and Chicago return to East Downtown for the first time since 2019. The match will air live on CBS .
Following the Challenge Cup, the NWSL’s 10 teams will face off in a 24-game regular season beginning May 15, 2021. The league will not break for the 2021 Olympic Games and the regular season will conclude on Oct. 30, 2021. Full details on the Challenge Cup format and the complete regular season schedule will be released .
The Dash added midfielder Zandy and forward Michelle Alozie as National Team Replacement Players while Houston’s U.S. Women’s National Team players Jane Campbell and Kristie Mewis; Canadian defender Allysha Chapman, midfielder Sophie Schmidt and forward Nichelle Prince; and England forward Rachel Daly travel to Europe for international duty. and Alozie’s contracts will go through April 14.
, 22, joins Houston after spending this preseason as a Non-Roster Invitee in Head Coach James Clarkson’s squad. The American-born Belgian joined the Orlando Pride 2020 Fall Series roster after spending four years at the University of Central Florida from 2016-19. In that span, she totaled 67 appearances with 55 starts, netting 14 goals with 11 assists for the Knights. was named to the American Athletic Conference All-Rookie team after her freshman campaign and was most recently featured on the American Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team.
On the international stage, the midfielder has appeared for the Belgian U-17, U-19 and senior national teams, with three caps for the senior side, the first of which came in 2019.
Alozie, 22, came to Houston for the 2021 preseason after spending a season with BIIK , the 13-time national champion of Kazakhstan. Alozie spent three months there before returning to the U.S. due to the COVID-19 pandemic that ended her time there earlier than planned.
In her stellar collegiate career, the Apple Valley, California native spent three years at Yale scoring 19 goals and tallying 13 assists, earning Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors, as well as first-team all-conference recognition. As a graduate student, Alozie joined the University of Tennessee for her last season, finishing with three goals in 17 appearances for the Lady Vols.
The full Dash roster for the 2021 season can be found below.
2021 Houston Dash Roster (28)
Goalkeepers (3): Jane Campbell (ALL-USA), Amanda Dennis, Lindsey Harris
Defenders (6): Deneisha Blackwood (INTL), Allysha Chapman (ALL-CAN), Katie Naughton, Megan Oyster, Ally Prisock, Annika Schmidt
Midfielders (11): Shea Groom, Haley Hanson, Amber Marshall, Kristie Mewis (ALL-USA), Christine , Emily Ogle, Cami Privett, Gabby Seiler, Sophie Schmidt (ALL-CAN), Zandy (NTRP), Bri Visalli
Forwards (8): Michelle Alozie (NTRP), Bridgette Andrzejewski, Rachel Daly (INTL), Jamia Fields, Veronica Latsko, Nichelle Prince (ALL-CAN), Maegan Rosa, Katie Stengel
NRI – Non-Roster Invitee
NYR – Not Yet Reported to Camp
INTL – International Player
ALL – 2021 Allocated Player
NTRP – National Team Replacement Player