Houston Dash Roster Released

Houston Dash players walk off the pitch during a preseason match. - Talley Johnson

Less then a week before the season starts the final roster for the Houston Dash has been released.

Final rosters for the 2014 National Women's Soccer League were released this morning. The Houston Dash's 18-woman roster contained no surprises as all of the players listed had been acquired through allocation, expansion draft or college draft. Teams in the NWSL can have up to 20 players on a roster so it is still possible for some roster changes to take place.

Both U.S. Women National Team allocated players Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg are currently playing for Swedish side Tyresö FF, and will join the Dash at the conclusion of Tyresö's UEFA Women's Champions League run. While Canadian Women's National team player Lauren Sesselmann is out with a knee injury. College draft pick Rafaelle Souza will be finishing her degree at Ole Miss before joining the team full time.

The team's season starts this Saturday against the Portland Thorns at BBVA Compass Stadium with head coach Randy Waldrum at the helm.

Houston Dash 18-Woman Roster (Prior clubs or colleges in parentheses)

Goalkeepers (2): Bianca Henninger (FC Kansas City), Erin McLeod (Chicago Red Stars)

Defenders (6): Marissa Diggs (Central Florida), Whitney Engen (Tyresö FF), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö FF), Arianna Romero (Seattle Reign FC), Lauren Sesselmann (FC Kansas City), Kika Toulouse (Washington Spirit), Nikki Washington (Portland Thorns FC)

Midfielders (4): Brittany Bock (Sky Blue FC), Becky Edwards (Portland Thorns FC), Jordan Jackson (Nebraska), Teresa Noyola (FC Kansas City)

Forwards (6): Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Tiffany McCarty (Washington Spirit), Stephanie Ochs (Washington Spirit), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina), Rafaelle Souza (Ole Miss)

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