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Preview: Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City

THE BASICS
Houston Dash vs. FC Kansas City
Wednesday, July 29, 7:30 p.m. CT
BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, Texas

BROADCAST INFORMATION
Stream: FOXSportsGO.com or FOX Sports GO app (mobile and tablet) – 7:30 p.m.

REFEREE: Matthew Mercier. Assistant Referees: Jennifer Garner, Christa McCurley. 4th Official: Kyle Phillips.

PREVIEW
The Houston Dash (4-4-5, 17 points) host FC Kansas City (5-5-3, 18 points) in the third and final meeting between the two teams. The Dash earned a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash on Saturday, with Carli Lloyd scoring the lone goal. FC Kansas City had the weekend off, with their last result the 1-1 draw against Houston on July 20.

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); QUESTIONABLE: Jordan Jackson (illness)

HEAD-TO-HEAD

  • ALL TIME (5 meetings): Dash 0 wins, 4 goals … FCKC 3 wins, 11 goals … Ties 2
  • AT HOUSTON (3 meeting): Dash 0 wins, 1 goal … FCKC 3 wins, 8 goal … Ties 0
  • 2015 MEETINGS: 5/2: HOU 0, FCKC 2 (Bogus 42; Groom 51) … 7/20: FCKC 1, HOU 1 (Own Goal 55—Lloyd 45
  • FUTURE MATCHES: None

SCOUTING FC KANSAS CITY
FC Kansas City boasts plenty of great World Cup talent of their own, with Lauren Holliday, Amy Rodriguez, Heather O’Reilly and Becky Sauerbrunn leading the charge from the championship squad. O’Reilly provided the cross that ended up as the tying own goal in the teams’ last meeting, and Rodriguez and Holliday kept the Dash defense busy all night with their combination play. As opposed to Houston, Kansas City has not played since hosting the Dash on July 29 and should be well-rested coming into tonight’s meeting.

DASH SIGN ANDRESSA
On Monday, the Dash announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Andressa. The 20-year-old started every match for Brazil at the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and Pan American Games, the latter of which the Brazilians won the gold medal. Formerly with Brazilian club Kindermann, Andressa also captained Brazil at the 2014 U-20 Women’s World Cup and 2012 U-17 Women’s World Cup and started every match at the 2010 U-17 Women’s World Cup as a 15-year-old. Andressa was also teammates with Dash defender Camila at Kindermann.

CLIMBING THE STANDINGS
With the win against Western New York last Saturday, the Dash leapfrogged the Flash in the NWSL standings into fifth place. Houston has another chance to do the same thing against FC Kansas City, as the Dash sit just a point behind FCKC. A win tonight would set the Dash up with 20 points, again just one behind their next opponent, the Washington Spirit.

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