The Houston Dash fell to FC Kansas City in a dizzying 4-0 loss at BBVA Compass Stadium. This game marks the Dash’s second straight loss at home.
Fans got their first peek at midfielder Kaylyn Kyle, the former Boston Breaker, who was just recently acquired via trade and took over Brittany Bock’s position. In addition to Kyle, Austrian forward Nina Burger was also at BBVA to get her first look at her new squad. While Kyle started the game, Burger will not officially begin play until her paperwork clears.
Kansas City struck twelve minutes in off the foot of Liz Bogus. The Dash offense had scarce few looks at the Kansas goal. Excellent defending broke apart several runs on goal and put a stop to any crosses. The one good chance Houston had was due to Ella Masar’s shot, but the scorcher blazed wide.
During the second half, the situation went from bad to worse. A well placed shot from Rodriguez brought the score to 2-0, putting immense pressure on Houston to strengthen their back line. 58 minutes in, Rodriguez makes a break through the Dash defensive line, leaving only Osinache Ohale between her and McLeod. In an attempt to clear the ball, Ohale brought Rodriguez down. The official ruled a red card for Ohale, leaving the Dash a woman down with nearly thirty minutes left to play.
Kansas City attacked relentlessly during the remainder of the game. Substitutions Erika Tymrak and Frances Silva both notched goals. Silva’s coming in minutes before the game ended. The final score was 4-0.
Although the Dash defense buckled at times during the game, it was the offensive line that left something to be desired. They lacked the fire that had been displayed against the Boston Breakers. Crosses and through balls were cut in half by the Kansas City defense. The team seemed to lack the chemistry that was rampant in their first victory of the season.
FCKC: Barnhart; Robinson, Sauerbrunn, Phillips, Kallman, Buczkowski, Richmond, Mathias (Silva 81’), Holiday, Bogus (Tymrak 61’); Rodriguez (Henderson 84’)
HOU: McLeod, Romero, Ohale, Diggs, Toulouse, McCarty (Jackson 46’), Edwards, Kyle, Ochs (Hein 63’), Masar (Souza 66’), Ohai