The Houston Dash will open their 2018 season against the Chicago Red Stars at 4 p.m. CDT on Sunday, March 25 at BBVA Compass Stadium, the National Women’s Soccer League announced today.
This will be the third consecutive year in which the clubs will open the season against one another at BBVA Compass Stadium. Houston was victorious in both encounters as forward Rachel Daly sparked a 3-1 comeback in 2016 and added a goal that topped the SportsCenter Top 10 in the 2-0 victory in 2017. Last year’s home opener also saw forward Kealia Ohai score her 21st goal for the club, picking up where she left off in 2016.
Tickets for Opening Day are on sale now, with prices starting at just $19, and may be purchased online at HoustonDashSoccer.com, by phone at 713-276-GOAL or at the BBVA Compass Stadium box office. The game will also be streamed nationally on go90 and throughout the world on the NWSL app and NWSLsoccer.com.
This will be the first opportunity for fans to see forward Christen Press, who was acquired from Chicago on Jan. 18. In four seasons with Chicago, Press scored 36 goals in 68 appearances. She has earned NWSL Best XI accolades in each of the last three seasons and was a Second XI selection in her first season, 2014. Press and Becky Sauerbrunn are the only players to have earned Best XI honors in each of the last three years.
Houston will host the U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year, Julie Ertz, and the NWSL Most Valuable Player, Sam Kerr, who will make her debut witch Chicago after a trade between Sky Blue FC, Chicago and Houston prior to the 2018 NWSL College Draft.
The remainder of the schedule will be announced at a later date.