Photos by Thomas King, Trask Smith and Maria Lysaker
On Saturday, July 16, the Houston Dash won big against the Chicago Red Stars at home. It was a night of firsts for many, with interim head coach Juan Carlos Amóros headlining with his Dash debut. Amorós is the first head coach to win his first game with the club.
Forward Ebony Salmon put on a lights out performance, scoring not only her first, but second and third goals in orange. Salmon's hat trick is only the second hat trick recorded in Dash history. The first hat trick came earlier this season, when forward Nichelle Prince put three past Orlando on June 3.
Rookie Joelle Anderson scored her first professional goal in stoppage time to seal the win after coming on in the 74th minute. Forward Paulina Gramaglia made her NWSL debut when she entered the match in the 84th minute, making her the youngest player to debut for the club at 19 years and 4 months old.