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Preview: Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC

THE BASICS
Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC
Saturday, June 6, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

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

REFEREE: Danielle Chesky. Assistant Referees: Veronica Perez, Francisco Bermudez; 4th Official: Christa Dorsey

PREVIEW
The Houston Dash (2-2-3, 9 points) face off against Portland Thorns FC (2-3-2, 8 points) in a return home after two weeks on the road. The Dash bested Portland 1-0 in the first of those two games, then salvaged a 1-1 draw at Sky Blue FC last Sunday to take four points of an available six. Portland dropped a 2-1 result to the Washington Spirit last Saturday, their third consecutive loss.

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, June 5)

HOUSTON DASH -- OUT: Stephanie Ochs (right knee ACL surgery)

PORTLAND THORNS FC -- None.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL TIME (4 meetings): Dash 1 win, 1 goal … Thorns 3 wins, 3 goals … Ties 0
  • AT HOUSTON (2 meetings): Dash 0 wins, 0 goals … Thorns 2 wins, 2 goals … Ties
  • LAST MEETING: 5/23: PTFC 0, HOU 1 (McDonald 24)
  • FUTURE MATCH: None.

SCOUTING PORTLAND THORNS FC
Despite winning the NWSL Championship in 2013 and making the playoffs in 2014, Thorns FC currently sits outside the playoff spots in 7th place in the league standings. Portland is currently in a three-game losing streak and have not won since the second week of the season, a 1-0 win at home over the Western New York Flash. The Thorns are led offensively by Allie Long (4 goals) and Mana Shim (3 goals) and were recently bolstered with the addition of former African Women Footballer of the Year Ayo, who scored her first NWSL goal last week in a 2-1 loss to the Washington Spirit.

WOMEN'S WORLD CUP KICKS OFF
The 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup kicks off on Saturday as hosts Canada face off against China at 5 p.m. CT. You can watch the match prior to the Dash match at the Dash watch party at the Bud Light Beer Garden outside BBVA Compass Stadium. The watch party is free and open to all ages, but you can purchase our Beer Garden package, which includes a game ticket and two pregame drinks, for just $16.

CAMILA JOINS THE DASH
Brazilian defender Camila joined the Dash this week after signing with the team from Ferroviária in May. The Brazil youth international is eligible for selection in Saturday’s match. Australian Ellie Brush, whose signing was announced alongside Camila, made her first NWSL start against Sky Blue and went the full 90 minutes after a 14 minute cameo at the end of the 1-0 win over Portland.

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