Preview: Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City
Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City
Saturday, June 14, 8:00 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX
Stream: HoustonDashSoccer.com – 8:00 p.m.
REFEREE: Bernhard Hosu. Assistant Referees: Hagan Barnett, Tony Obas; 4th Official: Stewart Carson Milton
The Houston Dash (4-7-1; 13 points) welcome FC Kansas City (6-4-3; 21 points) to BBVA Compass Stadium for the third, and final, meeting between the teams this season. The clubs met twice in May, with the Dash losing at home 4-0, and earning a 2-2 draw in Kansas City on May 18. The Dash will look to continue their winning ways. Houston currently has a three-game winning streak, which included their first home win in franchise history on Wednesday against Western New York. FC Kansas will be making a brief road trip to Houston before heading back to Kansas City for a two-game home stand.
INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, June 13)
HOUSTON DASH -- OUT: Brittany Bock (left ACL surgery), Lindsay Elston (right ankle sprain), Lauren Sesselmann (left ACL surgery); DOUBTFUL: Kika Toulouse (right quad strain)
FC Kansas City -- QUESTIONABLE: Liz Bogus (right hamstring strain); PROBABLE: Kassey Kallman (left hamstring tendinitis), Jen Buczkowski (left groin strain)
DASH EXTEND WIN STREAK TO THREE
The Dash earned their first ever win at BBVA Compass Stadium, on Wednesday, June 11, by defeating Western New York Flash 2-1. Tiffany McCarty scored the first goal of the match in the 39th minute after picking up a loose ball in the attacking third. The second year striker turned her defender as she collected the ball and unleashed a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area for her third goal in two games. Western New York got the equalizer off a Dash defensive mistake in the 62nd minute. Marissa Diggs appeared to lose her balance as she attempted to stop a ball at the corner of the penalty area, allowing Adriana Martin to collect and chip Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod, who had come off her line. The Dash, eager to get their first win in front of the home crowd, wasted no time in retaking the lead. Two minutes after the Flash goal, Jasmyne Spencer brought down Kaylyn Kyle in the box and referee Matt Mercier pointed to the penalty spot. Teresa Noyola stepped up for the spot kick and sent Williams the wrong way for the winning goal. Noyola also scored a winning penalty in the Dash’s win at the Boston Breakers on April 20.
SCOUTING FC KANSAS CITY
FC Kansas City finished in a three-way tie for first place in the 2013 NWSL regular season (11-6-5; 38 points) and was eliminated in the playoffs by Portland Thorns FC, 3-2, after extra time. The club is led by 2013 NWSL MVP Lauren Holiday, who led the league in goals (12) and assists (9) last season. The former UCLA Bruin set an NWSL record with a goal or an assist in 10 consecutive games last season. FC Kansas City swept all of the 2013 NWSL Season awards, with midfielder Erika Tymrak winning Rookie of the Year, Nicole Barnhart named Goalkeeper of the Year, Becky Sauerbrunn claiming Defender of the Year, Vlatko Andonovski earning Coach of the Year and Holiday honored as both MVP and the 2013 NWSL Golden Boot winner. This season FCKC finds themselves in second place of the NWSL standings (6-4-3; 21 points) after earning 14 points in their last seven games. FCKC will have to find contributions from other players as international duty will cause them to miss Rodriguez, Holiday, Sauerbrunn, and Barnhart. Rodriguez leads the team in goals scored with nine, and Holiday has five goals to her name. These two have accounted for 14 of the 21 goals scored by FCKC this season.
FIVE DASH PLAYERS DEPART FOR NATIONAL TEAM DUTIES
Nina Burger, Whitney Engen, Meghan Klingenberg, Erin McLeod, and Kaylyn Kyle will all miss Saturday's match as they are away with their respective national teams. Burger is with Austria as they play Finland (June 14) and Kazakhstan (June 19) in World Cup qualifying. Engen and Klingenberg are with the United States for a pair of friendlies against France on June 14 and 19. McLeod and Kyle join Canada to face Germany in a friendly in Vancouve on June 18. All five are expected to return to the team before the Dash's next NWSL match June 28.
DASH CALL UP THREE AMATEURS
The Houston Dash have added midfielders Dominique Richardson and Tori McCombs and goalkeeper Megan Kinneman to their 20-player roster for the Western New York Flash match using the NWSL’s amateur call-up mechanism. With five players out this weekend on international duty, the Dash have turned to this trio for added depth. Richardson signed with the club out of preseason and made two appearances before being waived in May. McCombs and Kinneman spent preseason in Houston as trialists after stellar collegiate careers at Michigan and LSU, respectively.