Preview: Houston Dash at Washington Spirit

Dash look to rebound on the road against Washington in Memorial Day clash

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Photo Credit: 
Anthony Vasser/Houston Dash

THE BASICS
Houston Dash at Washington Spirit
Monday, May 26, 3:00 p.m. CT
Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

BROADCAST INFORMATION
HoustonDashSoccer.com - 3:00 p.m.

REFEREE: Timon Berry. Assistant Referees: Cory Richardson, Carson Stewart Milton; Fourth Official: Christa Dorsey

PREVIEW

The Houston Dash (1-6-1; 4 points) visit the Washington Spirit (3-4-1; 10 points) in a Memorial Day clash at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Maryland. The Dash travel to the D.C. area on short rest after hosting the Chicago Red Stars at BBVA Compass Stadium on Friday in a 3-1 loss. Houston has performed well on the road, earning points in two of its four away games—most recently a come from behind 2-2 draw against FC Kansas City on May 18. The Dash will be without head coach Randy Waldrum on Monday as he serves his suspension after being ejected in Houston’s loss on Friday. Assistant coach Lee Cullip takes the reigns in Waldrum’s absence.

DASH DROP RESULT AT HOME ON FRIDAY

The Houston Dash finally got their first goal at BBVA Compass Stadium, but it wasn’t enough to get their first points at home as they fell 3-1 to the Chicago Red Stars on Friday night. The teams traded penalty attempts in the first half, but the Red Stars came out on top on both of them. Vanessa DiBernardo beat Erin McLeod in the 9th minute to open, then Karina LeBlanc stopped Becky Edwards' attempt in the 32nd minute. Ella Masar tied it up with the first home goal in team history in the 51st minute, but Chicago retook the lead minutes later thanks to Alyssa Mautz. Jen Hoy put the finishing touches on Chicago's win, getting a head to a DiBernardo free kick just after the hour mark to seal the 3-1 result.

SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON SPIRIT

The Washington Spirit finished at the bottom of the 2013 NWSL regular season standings (3-14-5; 14 points). The club is led by Canada national team midfielder Diana Matheson, who led the team last season with eight goals and three assists and currently has four goals and an assist in 2014. The Spirit also boast U.S. national team defender Ali Krieger and midfielder Yael Averbuch, both of whom have played in each of Washington’s first eight games. With the first overall pick of the 2014 NWSL College Draft, the Spirit selected University of North Carolina star Crystal Dunn, who has played in all eight games and contributed a team-high three assists in a variety of positions. Washington currently sits in a three-way tie for fifth place in the NWSL standings (3-4-1; 10 points) and has gone unbeaten in its last two games, most recently a 3-3 draw on Wednesday against Sky Blue FC. The Spirit conclude a three-game homestand with Monday’s match against the Dash.

DASH DEFENDERS COMPLETE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE RUN

Houston Dash defenders Meghan Klingenberg and Whitney Engen just completing their season with Swedish football club Tyresö FF. The two defenders took part in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final against German club Wolfsburg on Thursday, losing 4-3. Tyresö took an early 2-0 lead on the defending champions, but Wolfsburg drew level with two quick strikes after halftime. The Swedish club took the lead once more with a goal from Brazilian star Marta, but Wolfsburg scored two more times late in the second half to take home the title. Engen started and played the full 90 minutes, but Klingenberg had to be substituted off with an apparent knee injury. The pair played in their final game for Tyresö on Sunday before returning to the U.S., a 2-1 home win over Damallsvenskan leaders FC Rosengård.