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Houston Dash host Kansas City Sunday

Houston look to break losing streak

Morgan Brian and the Houston Dash host FC Kansas City at home Sunday.
Morgan Brian and the Houston Dash host FC Kansas City at home Sunday.

Currently eighth in the NWSL standings, the Houston Dash will attempt to break their three-game losing streak Sunday night at home against FC Kansas City at BBVA Compass Stadium.

Heading into this match up, history is not on Houston's side. In the four games the Dash have taken on FCKC at home, Kansas City have walked away with a 3-1-0 record. In those four match ups, FCKC also have notched a total of 10 goals against Houston.

FCKC also are coming off a two game unbeaten run. Their match last week against Sky Blue FC ended in a 1-1 draw, with keeper Nicole Barnhart picking up three saves. The Dash's back line will have to watch out for FCKC forward  Shea Groom. She logged her second goal of the season against Sky Blue, and has made 20 shots on goal this season, tying her with Alex Morgan and Crystal Dunn as second in the league in shots taken and sits fourth in the league with 9 of them on goal.

Barnhart also will be a hard wall to get around for the Dash offense. She currently leads the league with 32 saves; four more saves than Houston's own Lydia Williams.

One thing going that could work in Houston's favor, however, is that the team sits eighth in the standings, currently one spot above FCKC. One of Kansas City's biggest problems this season has been holding the lead in a match. On the opposite side, the Dash have yet to relinquish a lead in 2016. They also won the last game against FCKC in May with a scoreline of 2-1.

This game will be the second for the returning international players in the Dash squad as well. With luck, the second week of training has allowed the Dash players to mesh together more and find a rhythm for the upcoming match ups. There were promising moves from Houston against Seattle last week, including Morgan Brian's shot in the 71st minute. Also the defense did not give up the winning goal until 66th minute.

The match Sunday will be the second and final meeting between Houston and Kansas City this season. Kick off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. central.