How famous is Brian Ching in Houston? Turns out pretty famous. Do the Dash dance.
The Inaugural Match has finally arrived for the Houston Dash. Coach Randy Waldrum and Captain Erin McLeod preview Saturday's match vs. Portland.
Houston Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod and forward Ella Masar joined Sarah Pepper, Ivan and PK on Hot 95.7 FM this morning to get ready for Saturday's inaugural match, and the crew gave the Dash players some helpful advice for driving around Houston.
The preseason roster for the Dash has been whittled down from 32 at the start of camp last week to the league-mandated 25 today. Ten trialists still remain, hoping to make the final 20-player roster before the April 12 opener against Portland Thorns FC. See the full roster below, and see them in action at Houston Sports Park on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m.) as the Dash take on the Rice and Texas A&M women's soccer teams, respectively, in preseason scrimmages. Scrimmages at HSP are free and open to the public (full preseason schedule)
|Brittany Bock||Sky Blue FC|
|Sara Campbell*||Seattle Sounders|
|Becky Edwards||Portland Thorns FC|
|Lindsay Elston*||University of Washington|
|Anisa Guajardo*||Boston Breakers|
|Bianca Henninger||FC Kansas City|
|Katie Kelly*||FC Kansas City|
|Ella Masar||Chicago Red Stars|
|Tiffany McCarty||Washington Spirit|
|Teresa Noyola||FC Kansas City|
|Stephanie Ochs||Washington Spirit|
|Kealia Ohai||North Carolina|
|Emilee O'Neill*||Portland Thorns FC|
|Diana Redman*||Pali Blues FC|
|Arianna Romero||Seattle Reign FC|
|Rafaelle Souza||Ole Miss|
|Kika Toulouse||Washington Spirit|
|Nikki Washington||Portland Thorns FC|
Roster, not in preseason: Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Erin McLeod, Lauren Sesselmann
Players took the field today with the Houston Dash logo on their jerseys for the first time ever today as preseason kicked off around the NWSL. Midfielder Brittany Bock, head coach Randy Waldrum and managing director Brian Ching spoke with the media today after the team's morning training session.
Plus, hear from Bock with CSN Houston's Sebastian Salazar:
Brian Ching calls into the Hot 95.7 morning show to let Sarah Pepper know that she's earned the job for the Dash's in-stadium announcing job, and gives PK some pointers on his audition for the Dynamo job.
Over 140 young women from the Houston area and beyond descended upon Houston Sports Park to showcase their abilities in front of Randy Waldrum and Brian Ching in the hopes of earning a preseason roster spot for the inaugural season of the Dash.
Brittany Bock, Kealia Ohai and Tiffany McCarty look back at the first ever "Dash Day" at BBVA Compass Stadium.