The Houston Dash travel to take on the Orlando Pride on Saturday in search of a win after being blanked by Reign FC in their last outing. Kick off is set for 6:30 p.m. CT and the match can be viewed on Yahoo! Sports.
The women in orange come into Saturday’s affair on the heels of a disappointing loss in a game where they dominated for long stretches and owned nearly every statistical category, but they just couldn’t produce the quality they needed in the final third. It was once again a very soft goal that led to their undoing.
With the Dash currently sitting four points below the playoff line, the good news is that they have been much better on the road than at BBVA (three of their five total wins and two draws) and have the opportunity to take points from teams sitting ahead of them in the standings in the final stretch.
Rachel Daly is the only Dash player to find the back of the net in their last three outings, and she knows the Pride present a formidable test even if they sit one spot back on the table with eight fewer points secured.
“I think it’s super important that we get three points on the board. Orlando are a difficult team,” Daly said during the week. “They’re back together from the World Cup and they’ve got some unbelievable players, some of the best players in the world. They’re not easy to break down, and on the road it’s going to be difficult.”
The Pride are coming off a 1-0 win over Sky Blue FC and will be looking to continue pushing for the playoffs with the help of key players back from the World Cup, including captain Ashlyn Harris and left back Ali Krieger.
Harris is set to join the Dash’s Sofia Huerta with her 100th NWSL appearance. U.S. star Alex Morgan is still listed as questionable for tonight’s game as she recovers from a right knee issue, while Alanna Kennedy’s status also remains up in the air as she battles back from a thigh injury.
Saturday’s game is the third and final meeting of the regular season and the only one at Exploria Stadium. The Dash edged the Pride out with a 1-0 win in early May, and the teams played to a 2-2 draw in the second edition at BBVA Stadium. The all-time series remains knotted up at 5-5-1, but the Orange have had the advantage of late with three wins in the last four.