Preview: Houston Dash at Washington Spirit

THE BASICS
Houston Dash at Washington Spirit
Saturday, June 27, 6:00 p.m. CT
Maureen Hendricks Field at Maryland SoccerPlex, Boyds, MD

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Stream: HoustonDashSoccer.com/live – 6:00 p.m.

REFEREE: Ekaterina Koroleva. Assistant Referees: Amanda Ross, Rachel Smith. 4th Official: Greg Dopka.

PREVIEW
The Houston Dash (3-2-4, 13 points) travel to face the Washington Spirit (4-3-2, 14 points) in the second meeting between the two clubs this season. The Dash are in the midst of a five-game unbeaten streak after defeating the Western New York Flash 2-0 last Saturday. Washington hasn’t lost in their last two matches, and held a 1-0 lead over the Chicago Red Stars last Saturday before the match was abandoned due to inclement weather..

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, June 26)

HOUSTON DASH -- OUT: Stephanie Ochs (right knee ACL surgery); Brittany Bock (sports hernia)

WASHINGTON SPIRIT -- OUT: Estefania Banini (right knee cartilage surgery); PROBABLE: Katherine Reynolds (left hip flexor strain)

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL TIME (4 meetings): Dash 1 win, 5 goals … Spirit 2 wins, 5 goals … Ties 1
  • AT WASHINGTON (1 meeting): Dash 0 wins, 2 goals … Spirit 1 win, 3 goals … Ties 0
  • LAST MEETING: 4/10: HOU 2, WAS 0 (Lloyd 45+6; Ohai 50)
  • 8/1: Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash, 7 p.m. ET

SCOUTING THE SPIRIT
Washington recovered from a 2-0 loss to the Dash on opening night to win their next two matches by a combined score of 6-2, and have remained in the upper half of the league standings since. The Spirit have been led by Crystal Dunn, who is tied atop the NWSL scoring chart with 6 goals and has also tallied two assists. Christine Nairn has added four goals and one assist. Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger are still with the United States at the Women’s World Cup.

HOUSTON'S UNBEATEN RUN
The Dash have now gone five games without a loss, the longest stretch in the franchise’s brief history. The team is 2-0-3 during that period, with their last loss coming on May 2 against FC Kansas City. Houston went three games unbeaten on two separate occasions in 2014; those six matches accounted for 75 percent of the club’s non-loss results in its inaugural season.

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