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Match Preview: Dash need win against Breakers

Houston will host Boston on Friday night and hope to pick up victory

Whitney Engen along with the rest of the Houston Dash have something to prove Friday as they host the Boston Breakers at BBVA Compass Stadium.
Whitney Engen along with the rest of the Houston Dash have something to prove Friday as they host the Boston Breakers at BBVA Compass Stadium.

The last time Houston Dash took on the Boston Breakers was all the way back in April. It would be that match in Boston that would get Houston their first win ever as a team. Now, almost three months later, the Dash will be looking for a win against the Breakers to lift their spirits after a streak of losses.

During that April match up, Boston started off strong. Midfielder Heather O'Reilly had put the Breakers up early and it can be expected the U.S. Women's National Team player will be a key element in the game for Boston. She's not afraid to take a shot, ranking sixth in the league for shots on goal, totaling 23. Also important to the Breakers' offense will be forward Jazmine Reeves. She leads the team this season with five goals.

There's also a familiar face on the Breakers' roster - former Houston Dash midfielder Nikki Washington. Washington was traded earlier this season as Houston acquired midfielder Kaylyn Kyle. Look for Washington to attempt to make an impression on her former club.

Currently, the Breakers are last in the league, taking up the ninth spot right under Houston. After a one-goal loss to Seattle this past weekend, Boston will definitely like to take down Houston and get the needed points.

As for Houston, a win is just as vital for the Dash ladies. On Saturday, the team suffered a big loss against the Western New York Flash, at home no less. The defeat raises questions once again about the state of the Houston defense as well as the lack of offensive presence.

With the acquisition of former FC Kansas City forward Melissa Henderson, the Dash are definitely looking to pick up the pace up front. Pairing Henderson with Tiffany McCarty or Nina Burger up front, with Ella Masar assisting, the goals could finally come for the Dash.

The matter of the defense is of course also troubling. Many hoped the addition of U.S. international defensive players Meghan Klingenberg and Whitney Engen would make an immediate difference in the back line. Hopefully with a few practices and matches under their belt with the team now, they will be able to make a bigger impact along side Houston stand out Osi Ohale.

The Dash will kick off against the Breakers at 8 p.m. CT Friday at BBVA Compass Stadium. A link to watch the match online will be posted on Dynamo Theory before kick off.