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Three Points: First-Place Dash Host the Chicago Red Stars this Evening

May 19, 2019 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) - Houston Dash News Release

HOUSTON - The Houston Dash will look to earn their fourth victory of the 2019 NWSL regular season this evening at BBVA Compass Stadium as they take on the Chicago Red Stars at 5:00 p.m. CDT. The Dash are off to the best start in club history with ten points in five games and are currently tied with the Washington Spirit for first place atop the NWSL table.

WHO:

Houston Dash (3-1-1; 10 pts.) vs. Chicago Red Stars (2-1-2; 8 pts.)

WHEN:

Sunday, May 19 - 5:00 p.m. CDT

WHERE:

BBVA Compass Stadium - 2200 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77003

STREAM:

Yahoo! Sports

Here are three key points ahead of today's game:

THIRD VICTORY IN ALL-TIME SERIES - The Dash will look to earn their third win against the Red Stars as they trail in the all-time series, 2-6-6. In the last encounter between the two in May of the 2018 season, Houston tied Chicago in a 2-2 matchup. Dash forward Rachel Daly gave Houston an early lead when she dribbled the ball into the box and beat Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher with a low curling shot to the far post. After Chicago was able to tie in the first half, midfielder Kristie Mewis gave the Dash the second goal minutes before halftime. In the 65th minute, Houston conceded a penalty that Chicago midfielder Sofia Huerta punched in the goal, forcing the Dash to settle for a draw.

BEST START IN CLUB HISTORY - Houston will look to continue earning points under head coach James Clarkson, who has led the team to the best start of the regular season in club history. A victory for the Dash this evening could give the Dash three wins in a row, the most wins in a row since 2014. Under Clarkson's leadership, the Dash stand in first place of the standings this week for the first time ever since joining the league in 2014.

COUNTDOWN TO THE WORLD CUP - With the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in the horizon, the Dash is looking to maximize in the games left with the club's world cup players. CanWNT players Lindsay Agnew, Allysha Chapman, Nichelle Prince and Sophie Schmidt left last week to join Canada as they compete in Group E against Cameroon, the Netherlands and New Zealand. After this evening's game against the Stars, the Dash are projected to miss the rest of the players adding up to eight this summer during the FIFA Women's World Cup. 2018 Team MVP Rachel Daly and England will compete in Group D against Argentina, Japan and Scotland. Kyah Simon will join Clare Polkinghorne and Australia as they face Brazil, Italy and Kayla McCoy and Jamaica in Group C play.


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