The Houston Dash’s match scheduled for Saturday, October 2 against Kansas City NWSL, along with all games across the league, will not be played given the gravity of the events that transpired in NWSL over the last week.   

In a statement issued by the league, NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said, “This week, and much of this season, has been incredibly traumatic for our players and staff, and I take full responsibility for the role I have played. I am so sorry for the pain so many are feeling. Recognizing that trauma, we have decided not to take the field this weekend to give everyone some space to reflect. Business as usual isn’t our concern right now. Our entire league has a great deal of healing to do, and our players deserve so much better. We have made this decision in collaboration with our players association and this pause will be the first step as we collectively work to transform the culture of this league, something that is long overdue.” 

The Dash are scheduled to play next on Wednesday night at Portland. Kickoff for that match is scheduled for 9 p.m. CDT.