Preview: Houston Dash at Western New York Flash

THE BASICS
Houston Dash at Western New York Flash
Saturday, July 25, 6:00 p.m. CT
Sahlen's Stadium, Rochester, New York

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

REFEREE: Margaret Domka. Assistant Referees: Adrienne McDonald, Democratis Pashalidis. 4th Official: Steve Montanino.

PREVIEW
The Houston Dash (3-4-5, 14 points) travel to face Western New York Flash (4-5-3, 15 points) in the second and final between the two clubs this season. The Dash ended a two-game losing streak on Monday with a 1-1 draw on the road against FC Kansas City. Western New York, in the middle of a three-game homestand, tied Sky Blue FC 3-3 at Sahlen’s Stadium on Sunday.

INJURY REPORT (as of Friday, July 24)

HOUSTON DASH -- OUT: Stephanie Ochs (right knee ACL surgery); Brittany Bock (abdominal injury); Allysha Chapman (abdominal strain); Lauren Sesselmann (left meniscus injury)

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL TIME (4 meetings): Dash 3 wins, 7 goals … Flash 1 win, 6 goals … Ties 0
  • AT ROCHESTER (1 meeting): Dash 1 win, 2 goals … Flash 0 wins, 1 goal … Ties 0
  • LAST MEETING: 6/20: HOU 2, WNY 0 (McDonald 39; Ohai 63)
  • FUTURE MATCHES: None

SCOUTING WESTERN NEW YORK
The Western New York Flash sit just one point ahead of the Dash in the NWSL standings heading into Saturday’s match. The Flash are led by rookie Sam Mewis and forward Lynn Williams, both of whom have three goals and three assists on the year. Former Dash midfielder also has three assists on the season. Western New York have recently acquired international forwards Lady Andrade (Colombia) and Michelle Heyman (Australia), the latter of whom scored on her NWSL debut last Sunday and earned NWSL Player of the Week honors. The Dash are familiar with Heyman, who trained with the team for a period last summer.

DASH FINISH TWO-GAME ROAD SWING
The Dash are coming off a 1-1 draw on the road against FC Kansas City and now face their second road match in short order against Western New York. The three game stretch including next Wednesday's home date against FCKC gives the team multiple cracks at clubs directly above them in the standings. Western New York currently is just a point above the Dash, and Kansas CIty sits four points ahead in the fourth and final playoff spot.

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