HOW TO WATCH
WHO: Houston Dash vs. Washington Spirit
WHEN: Wednesday, July 12 – 11:30 a.m. CDT
STREAM: CBS All Access & Twitch
The Houston Dash prepare to take on Washington Spirit in the fourth and final preliminary round match of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup pres. by Secret and P&G tomorrow morning. The match is set for a 11:30 a.m. CDT kickoff and will be streamed live via CBS All Access and Twitch.
The Dash currently sit in a five-way tie for second in the league standings with four points. With five goals scored through three matches, Houston is tied with North Carolina Courage atop the league scoring chart; and forwards Rachel Daly and Shea Groom are tied for second on the individual scoring list with two goals apiece.
EYES ON THE PRIZE – After the club‘s first and only loss in the tournament last week against Sky Blue FC, Head Coach James Clarkson and the Dash are looking to finish the preliminary round with a weekend victory to secure the highest possible seed for the knockout rounds. The team sits in a five-way tie for the second spot in the standings behind the North Carolina Courage, and after the preliminary round, teams will be seeded 1-8 for the single-elimination knockout rounds, which begin July 17 and 18.
LED BY VETERANS – During the offseason, Houston acquired several key players that have made up a significant part of the exciting and dangerous starting lineup that has made Houston one of the most exciting teams to watch so far. The squad is led by captains Rachel Daly and Jane Campbell, but has a handful of experienced newcomers on the field as well. Houston’s solidified backline features center backs Katie Naughton and Megan Oyster, who have both been in the league for six years. The Dash also acquired attacking-minded midfielder Shea Groom and forward Katie Stengel, who each thrive in a high-pressing system. These four additions have adapted to Clarkson’s plan for the squad, and alongside Daly and Kristie Mewis, the Dash have emerged as a dangerous squad capable of punishing an opponent’s mistake in seconds.
TEAM CHEMISTRY AT BEST – The quality that head coach James Clarkson has mentioned he values the most is the team’s chemistry on and off the field. “I’ve said even before preseason started that one of the goals this year was to have the best team - not necessarily the best players or squad, but the camaraderie of the team spirit was a huge goal for us,” Clarkson said. “In an event like this, that can make all the difference.”