Seven Houston Dash players kick off 2023 Women’s World Cup down under 

20230721 -- Match 1 v Nigeria-475 Audrey Magny

Seven Houston Dash players kicked off the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand this past week. These players represent five different countries on the world’s biggest stage.

Forward Michelle Alozie made her World Cup debut last Thursday with a start for Nigeria. Alozie went on to play the full 90 minutes in the Super Falcons’ 0-0 draw with Canada. She faced not one but three of her Houston Dash teammates on the other side of the pitch.

Midfielder Sophie Schmidt and defender Allysha Chapman entered the match for Canada in the 71st minute. Fellow Canadian forward Nichelle Prince made her first appearance of the tournament in the 81st minute, marking her first appearance to the pitch since suffering an injury back in November 2022, during an international friendly.

Midfielder Havana Solaun and Jamaica made history against fifth ranked France on Sunday. Solaun checked into the match in the 70th minute, solidifying Jamaica’s first ever World Cup point. Jamaica held France to a 0-0 draw.

Forward Paulina Gramaglia, currently on loan to Red Bull Bragantino in Brazil, made her World Cup debut in stoppage time in Argentina’s 1-0 loss to Italy on Monday morning.

Andressa Alves, the Dash’s newest midfield signing, kicked off her third World Cup campaign with Brazil on Monday morning. Brazil put on an entertaining show, beating Panama 4-0. Andressa was available off the bench.

Upcoming Matches
Wednesday, July 26
Canada vs Republic of Ireland
7:00 am CST
Fox Sports 1, Peacock, Universo
Thursday, July 27
Nigeria vs Australia
5:00 am CST
Fox Sports 1, Peacock, Universo
Thursday, July 27
Argentina vs South Africa
7:00 pm CST
Fox Sports 1, Peacock, Universo
Saturday, July 29
Brazil vs France
5:00 am CST
Fox, Peacock, Telemundo
Saturday,July 29
Jamaica vs Panama
7:30 pm CST
Fox, Peacock, Telemundo