Preview: Houston Dash at Western New York Flash

Houston Dash at Western New York Flash
Saturday, May 31, 6:00 p.m. CT
Sahrlen's Stadium, Rochester, NY


REFEREE: Kristen Salazar. Assistant Referees: Amanda Ross, Michael Piercey; Fourth Official: Christopher Trottier


The Houston Dash (1-7-1; 4 points) visit the Western New York Flash (3-3-2; 11 points) in the second of a three game road trip. The Dash are coming off a 3-2 stoppage time loss at the Washington Spirit on Memorial Day. The Dash will look to continue their scoring ways. Houston has scored five goals in their last three games. Western New York returns home for the first time since May 11, after going 0-2-1 on their three game road trip. This will be the only home match in a span of seven games for the Flash. This is the first of three meetings of the season between these two clubs. Saturday will be the Dash’s first and only trip to Rochester this season.

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, May 30)

HOUSTON DASH -- OUT: Brittany Bock (left knee surgery), Lindsay Elston (right ankle sprain), Jordan Jackson (concussion), Lauren Sesselmann (left knee surgery); DOUBTFUL: Erin McLeod (left shoulder sublixation); QUESTIONABLE: Becky Edwards (left foot stress reaction)

WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH --- OUT: Adrianna Franch (right knee surgery)


A highlight-reel goal from Christine Nairn in the final minute of stoppage time downed the Houston Dash 3-2 against the Washington Spirit. The Spirit took the early lead after a failed clearance from Erin McLeod fell to Diana Matheson, who chipped to the far post in the 4th minute. The Dash pulled even eight minutes later as Nina Burger slid for her first NWSL goal, tapping in a Kaylyn Kyle cross. Washington took the lead again in 38th minute, as Nairn's long ball flew over the heads of the Dash defense for Jodie Taylor to control and shoot past McLeod. Osinichi Ohale headed in an equalizer off a Stephanie Ochs corner kick in the 77th minute and McLeod saved a Matheson penalty kick five minutes later as the Dash thought they would secure a road point, but Nairn's heartbreaker left them with none.


The Flash finished the inaugural NWSL season tied for the best record in the league (10-4-8; 38 points) capturing the Supporters’ Shield and landing the No. 1 seed in the playoffs on goal differential. The Flash advanced to the championship game, ultimately finishing runner-up after falling to Portland Thorns FC in the final 2-0. The club is led by U.S national team forward Abby Wambach. Despite only playing five games this season, Wambach is the team leader in goals with four. Making her NWSL debut this season is Vicky Losada, who had spent her entire career with FC Barcelona. Last season Losada was named captain of FC Barcelona, and led the team to the Spanish Primera División championship. She’s made an immediate impact with the Flash recording two goals, and three assists on the year. This season Western New York finds themselves in sixth place in the NWSL standings with a record of (3-3-2; 11 points).