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As the Houston Dash hit the field for the first time today in preparation for the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season, the team released its preseason roster.


The roster includes all 18 currently contracted players and the team’s 2016 NWSL College Draft first-round picks Janine Beckie, Rachel Daly and Cari Roccaro. Additionally, 11 non-contract invitees will join the club for the preseason.


Roccaro, the No. 5 overall selection, will join the team after she completes rehabilitation for a torn labrum in her hip. Goalkeeper Lydia Williams, currently with the Australia Women’s National Team, will join the team later this month.


The first preseason game is against Baylor University at 3 p.m. CDT on Saturday, March 19 at Houston Sports Park. This game is free and open to the public.


The Dash open the 2016 NWSL season on April 16 against the Chicago Red Stars at BBVA Compass Stadium. Season tickets start at just $137 for all 10 home games. To purchase season tickets, a ticket package or for more information, call (713) 276-GOAL or visit HoustonDashSoccer.com/tickets.  


2016 Houston Dash Preseason Roster

Goalkeepers (4): Haley Carter, Bianca Henninger, Kate Scheele, Lydia Williams
Defenders (9): Ellie Brush, Allysha Chapman, Janelly Farias
, Jen LaPonte, Stephanie Ochs, Poliana, Cari Roccaro, Lauren Sesselmann, Caroline Van Slambrouck
Midfielders (8): Monica Alvarado
, Andressa, Morgan Brian, Amber Brooks, Caity Heap, Carli Lloyd, Cami Privett, Chestley Strother
Forwards (8): Allie Bailey, Janine Beckie
, Bianca Brinson, Rachel Daly, Tessa Gavilsky-Florio, Melissa Henderson, Kealia Ohai, Chioma Ubogagu


2016 NWSL College Draft pick


Non-roster invitee


Currently with national team


*Not in preseason camp