There's three games left in the NWSL regular season (four for Seattle, but they already clinched a playoff spot so forget about them). The Houston Dash are currently in sixth place, five points back of the crucial fourth playoff spot. Below are the scenarios for the Dash to make the playoffs for the first time in team history.
Scenarios based on Houston winning final three games, ending with 29 points. Two of the following scenarios must occur, current points in parentheses.
Portland Thorns FC (22 points)
- Earn no more than seven points in remaining games (two wins, one draw: 29 points)
- Dash hold head-to-head tiebreaker (1-0-1)
- Remaining schedule: @SBFC, vs. WAS, @WNYF
FC Kansas City (25 points)
- Earn no more than three points (one win: 28 points) or no more than four points (one win, one draw: 29 points) and lose +11 goal differential advantage
- Head-to-head tiebreaker tied (1-1-1), FCKC goal differential is +8 GD and Dash are at -3
- Remaining schedule: vs. BOS, vs. WAS, @SBFC
Chicago Red Stars (28 points)
- Earn zero points or no more than one point (one draw: 29 points) and lose +10 goal differential advantage
- Dash would tie head-to-head tiebreaker with a win in final game (1-1-1), Chicago goal differential is +7
- Remaining schedule: vs. WNYF, @WNYF, vs. HOU
Washington Spirit (28 points)
- Earn zero points
- Dash lose head-to-head tiebreaker (0-2-1)
- Remaining schedule: @FCKC, @PTFC, vs. SRFC
If the Dash don't win all three but manage two wins and a draw (finishing with 27 points), they can still make it in with Portland earning no more than five points and FC Kansas City getting no more than one point (or two points and somehow losing their advantage in goal differential). In this scenario, however, Western New York (currently with 19 points) and Sky Blue FC (18 points and head-to-head tiebreaker over Houston) could leapfrog the Dash if either team won their remaining games.
You can read the tiebreaking procedures here if this didn't confuse you enough already. For our purposes though, head-to-head (first) and goal differential (second) are the only likely tiebreakers that would need to be used.
Houston Dash midfielder won her 200th cap on Friday, June 26 when the United States faced China PR in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. Here's a breakdown of those 200 appearances.
Throughout the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, we'll provide you with unique perspectives on the tournament from personnel throughout the Dash and Dynamo organization. First up, Dash managing director and 2006 USMNT World Cup member Brian Ching.
With the Women’s World Cup starting today I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to share some of my thoughts on the U.S. and Dash. When I look at this tournament, I see a very competitive field with a number of teams that have the opportunity to win it. I have the feeling that majority of the fans that don't follow the women’s game feel that the U.S. should win the tournament and are unaware of how close other teams are. Germany, for example, is just one percentage point behind the U.S. as favorites to win in FiveThiryEight's predictive model. The team that I think will be the most dangerous for the U.S. will be France, who beat the Americans 2-0 when they fielded their full squad after beating Germany and Brazil last year.
In recent years the women’s team seemed to have lost that air of invincibility while other countries have really begun to increase their levels of play. I attribute this to the fact that many of these countries have had women’s leagues that have been in existence for a number of years. Germany, France, Japan, Sweden, England, etc.. all have professional women’s leagues that have been around for a number of years. That is why it is so important for the future of U.S. women’s soccer that the NWSL survives. U.S. Soccer understands this and is a big reason why they are fully committed to make this work.
As an organization, we are extremely excited about this year’s World Cup because we have six players representing their countries. Three Canadians and three Americans that will all play significant roles for their squads. We are extremely proud of our players and look for them to return to the Dash with some hardware around their necks. The World Cup has the ability to unite our nation and put a huge spotlight on women’s soccer. We will use this to show Houstonians that we have an amazing team and that they will love the experience once they come out to BBVA and enjoy a Dash game. So make sure you join us at The Phoenix on Westheimer for all of our watch parties and get your tickets for our World Cup players' return on July 12 and beyond. The strength of our national team will come from the NWSL, and the viability of the NWSL comes from your support every weekend in the stands.
I love our Canadians, but I'm USA all the way this month.
USA! USA! USA!
Meghan Klingenberg and Morgan Brian are in need of some fresh tunes for their trip in Canada, and they're looking for you to help.
— Meghan Klingenberg (@meghankling) June 1, 2015
Check out what's currently on the playlist below, and send Kling and Moe your tracks to push them to World Cup glory!
The Dash wanted to give a special shout out today to their most loyal, supportive fans: their moms. Without these women, the Dash wouldn't be where who they are today...and we are forever grateful to them for raising these amazing athletes and women!
“My mom is like my best friend, we’ve been so close always. I’m the oldest so I was the 1st daughter and child. She was just out here a couple of weeks ago for my first game, which was so nice. My mom was the manager of our club team for years and years and years. She always drove me to practice and did everything she could for the team. I know she’s always supported me and she’s so happy and proud of me that I’m here. It means so much to me that I have such a great relationship with her.” - Allie Bailey
"My mom has a lot to do with the person I am today. She has always been there for me, through soccer and my personal life. Obviously so have my brothers and my father, but it was a different connection with my mom because we’re the only women in my immediate family. She’s not a big sports person but she’s learned to talk to me a certain way. She gave me and my brothers the world when we were growing up so I really appreciate that. Plus I look just like her." - Tiffany McCarty
“My mom was my first soccer coach, as you can tell in the picture. She is probably the toughest person I know and put on a strong face in everything she’s dealt with and has really been able to laugh through things. She’s shown me that laughter is the best medicine. Whenever I do anything and it gets hard, I can think about my mom and how she laughs through things and that’s the best way to deal with hard stuff. I’m super close with her as I’ve grown up. I think she’s my biggest fan in everything I do.” - Megan Kinneman
“My mom was very young when she had my brother and I, so it made it a little more of a tough childhood. Growing up on and off the field, whether it was in school or in sports, she made sure we got it done. My nickname for my mom is “Bird” because she always knew the sky was the limit for me. That was all the respect that I had for her being there for me and being hard on me, discipline-wise, when it came to life situations, whether it was sports or me becoming a mom as well.” - Jessica McDonald
“My mom is someone who runs her own law firm back at home, so I’ve always had an example of a strong woman in my life. I think that means more to me than she realizes. It’s someone who invests and sacrifices so much. Obviously the end goal when you’re a kid is not for you to be a pro, it’s for you to be happy. She worked her butt off, long days long nights early mornings to give me every opportunity that I could to have fun, not to be a professional soccer player, but just to enjoy what I was doing. There were a lot of games she has to miss to make everything possible and I know that was hard for her. At the same time, she made every game she possibly could. I could always pick her voice out. If you can picture an emotional Mexican woman, that was my mom with the craziest voice that got more nervous than anyone else in the stands. Her thing was to repeat what I would say in a more panicked voice, so she would always freak my team out. She is amazing and definitely at the top of the list for reasons why I play.”- Bianca Henninger
"My mom is one of my biggest role models. I find myself turning into her little by little every single day…it’s kind of funny how things remind me of her. She has supported my throughout my entire soccer career, she and my dad both have spent so many hours taking me to practice and watching my games. I could not thank them enough and I appreciate them more than anything in the world. I wouldn’t want any other parents!" - Carleigh Williams
Watch highlights + hear from Randy Waldrum, Ella Masar and Ashley Nick after the 1st shutout loss of the season.
Get to know Kling & Moe with the latest episode of the Ella & Erin Show! Plus, stick around for a ticket giveaway and an epic rendition of "Livin on a Prayer" by Ella and Sarah.