Another midweek game with a fast turn around for the Dash. Houston lost 1-0 to the Washington Spirit at home on Saturday. Now they travel to go play Sky Blue FC then turn around and come back to play the Western New York Flash at home on July 5.
The Dash last played against Sky Blue FC on the road June 8 and won 3-0.
Sky Blue sit one place above Houston in the NWSL standings as they did last time the two teams met. They have just 16 points in 16 games played. Check out the leader board statics for the league and you won't find any of the Sky Blue players. This doesn't mean the team is without bite. Midfielder Katy Feels is leading the team with five goals this season and will pose the biggest scoring threat. The tough test may come against their defense. Last time the team was without Kelley O'Hara who is now back in the starting line-up for Sky Blue. Combined with team captain Christie Rampone the pair may shut down the left side forcing the Dash to play down the right.
Last time these two met Tiffany McCarty scored two goals as she kick started her fiery goal scoring run for the team. Ella Masar also netted a goal in the last out against Sky Blue FC.
The Dash were with out Meghan Klingenberg due to paperwork last time the two played. She missed the Dash's last game because of a right hamstring strain but is planned to play the first half of this match with an assessment at halftime. Missing this game will be Osi Ohale who left the Washington game early due to illness. She did not make the trip to New Jersey staying in Houston to continue getting well.
The Dash have proved that they can dominate possession in a game but have yet to prove they can keep from making crucial mental mistakes. In just their last game the lone goal was caused by a missed assignment. Not only does the team need to cut out the mental errors but they need to score. They can also dominate possession but means little if you can't get the ball in the back of the net. Set pieces have proven vital to their abilities to score this season.
This trip is a good chance for the team to get back in the win column and regain some of the confidence that seems to be waning. Things will kick off Wednesday night at 6pmCT at Yurcak Field.