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Houston Dash Announce 2020 Schedule

February 25, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Houston Dash News Release

HOUSTON - The Houston Dash and the National Women's Soccer League announced the club's full 24-game regular-season schedule this morning.

The Dash will kick off the 2020 season when they host the 2019 NWSL reigning NWSL Champions North Carolina Courage at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at BBVA Stadium and will finish the season on the road for the second consecutive year, visiting North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 17.

Among the other highlights of the 12-game home slate is a May 3 matchup with U.S. Women's National Team captain Carli Lloyd and Sky Blue FC. That game will be the second half of a Dynamo-Dash double header, following the Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes match at 3 p.m. CDT.

Houston's home finale will take place Friday, Oct. 9 when they host the Portland Thorns at 7:30 p.m. CDT. In all, Houston has three Friday night home matches, five Saturday matches, three on Sunday evenings and one Wednesday night match. Houston will host each of the other eight teams in the NWSL, and will host North Carolina, Portland, the Washington Spirit and the Utah Royals twice each.

Fans can secure their seats for Opening Day and every match by becoming a Houston Dash 365 Member. Dash 365 Members receive a number of exclusive benefits, including gifts, privileges and year-round experiences and events. Annual memberships start as low as $240 for all 12 matches. The club's Spring Savings Plan offer is also available, giving fans the opportunity to purchase tickets for the Dynamo home opener, Dash home opener and two additional Dynamo games starting at $70.

Single-match tickets will be available for sale beginning Tuesday, March 17.

Houston's road schedule features 12 away trips throughout the season, with four being to the West to face Portland Thorns, Reign FC and Utah Royals FC and six to the East to face Orlando Pride, Washington Spirit and North Carolina Courage. The Dash will also travel to the Midwest to face Julie Ertz and Chicago Red Stars twice throughout the season.

This is the second season for Dash head coach James Clarkson, who joined the club as the fourth full-time head coach in club history on Dec. 11 ahead of the 2019 NWSL season. Clarkson spent the offseason reinforcing the Dash backline and depth as the team navigates the Olympic Games later this year.

The Dash acquired center back Katie Naughton, a crucial player in Chicago's 2019 NWSL Final run and Megan Oyster who was a stout defender for Reign FC. With the team's 2019 MVP player and goalkeeper Jane Campbell holding it down in goal, Houston will look to build on last season's campaign and earn a spot in the 2020 NWSL playoffs.

Offensively, Rachel Daly will be joined by new potent additions in Katie Stengel and Shea Groom at the forefront, creating a dangerous attack for Houston. Forwards Nichelle Prince, Veronica Latsko and Kayla McCoy are also back with the squad after suffering season-ending injuries early in the 2019 season.

During the club's six-year history, the Dash have gone 3-1-2 in home openers at BBVA Stadium. Last year, the Dash opened the 2019 NWSL season with a 1-1 draw against Reign FC when Prince scored the first goal of the game ten minutes into the first half. Reign forward Darian Jenkins scored the equalizer in the second, ending the matchup in a tie.

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