Preview: Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City

THE BASICS
Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City
Saturday, May 2, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Stream: HoustonDashSoccer.com/live – 7:30 p.m.

REFEREE: Margaret Domka. Assistant Referees: Jennifer Garner, Jeffrey Greeson; 4th Official: Christina Hutchinson

PREVIEW
The Houston Dash (1-1-1, 4 points) return to home after a two-game road stand to take on 2014 NWSL champions FC Kansas City (1-2-0, 3 points). The Dash received their first loss of the season last time out, 3-2 to the Boston Breakers. FCKC on the other hand, got their first win of the year in a rematch of last year’s championship match — a 1-0 result over Seattle Reign FC.

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, May 1)

HOUSTON DASH -- OUT: Brittany Bock (left knee ACL surgery); Stephanie Ochs (right knee ACL injury); Erin McLeod (left ankle sprain)

FC KANSAS CITY -- OUT: Dominique Richardson (left hamstring strain)

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL TIME (3 meetings): Dash 0 wins, 3 goals … FCKC 2 wins, 6 goals … 1 tie
  • AT HOUSTON (2 meetings): Dash 0 wins, 1 goal … FCKC 2 wins, 6 goals
  • LAST YEAR: 5/3: HOU 0, FCKC 4 (Bogus 13; Rodriguez 48; Tymrak 80; Silva 89); 5/18: FCKC 2, HOU 2 (Holiday 2; Tymrak 36 – Jackson 20; McCarty 78); 7/14: HOU 1, FCKC 2 (Edwards 79 – Richmond 66; Silva 90+4)
  • FUTURE MATCHES: 7/15: FC Kansas City vs. Houston Dash, 7 p.m. CT; 7/29: Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City, 7:30 p.m. CT

SCOUTING FC KANSAS CITY
FC Kansas City is one of the teams hardest hit by the departure of U.S. Women’s National Team players to World Cup training camp, with Becky Sauerbrunn, Lauren Holiday, Heather O’Reilly and Amy Rodriguez all  joining the USWNT. Kansas City will rely on the talents of Jen Buczkowski (started every match in 2014) and Erika Tymrak (2013 NWSL Rookie of the Year) to steady the midfield in their absence. Goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart and the FCKC defense also led the league in 2014 with eight shutouts.

OCHS TEARS ACL
Defender Stephanie Ochs exited the match against the Boston Breakers in the 19th minute with an apparent right knee injury after challenging a cross on the endline. MRI tests early this week confirmed an ACL tear in the right knee. Ochs will undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.

FOUR AMATEURS CALLED UP
The Houston Dash have called up goalkeeper Jordan Day, defender Jen LaPonte, midfielder Cami Privett and forward Allie Bailey to the 20-player roster as amateur players for Saturday’s match and will be available for selection. The Dash are without the services of their three U.S. internationals and Canadian goalkeeper Erin McLeod. Privett and Bailey were previously called up for the season opening win against the Washington Spirit on April 10. Neither appeared in the match.

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