The Houston Dash return to BBVA Wednesday night as part of a soccer doubleheader. The Dash face the the Western New York Flash in the opening match at 6:30p.m. Eleven days ago, the Dash started the first win streak in franchise history with a 2-1 come-from-behind win in upstate New York.
Now the Dash (3-7-1) return home looking for their third consecutive win and first at home as a franchise. In New York, it was Nina Burger and Kahlia Ohai leading the way. On Sunday night in New Jersey, it was Tiffany McCarty and goalkeeper Erin McLeod leading the way. On Wednesday night, a win moves the Dash to within a point of fifth place in the NWSL standings.
"It is time," said head coach Randy Waldrum. "It's time we use the home field to our advantage. We've been competitive but not always focused for 90 minutes of soccer. It will take a total team focus throughout the entire game if we want to win."
The Western New York Flash (1-3-1) on the road this season have won just once in their last six outings. The Flash will be without the services of Carli Lloyd who netted two goals the team's record setting performance against the Portland Thorns FC and Abby Wambach. Both are on duty with the national team.
"We've been competitive this season without the services of Whitney Eagen and Meghan Klingenberg both of whom will be with the national team," continued Waldrum. "Now some of these other teams like the Flash will be without their stars and we will see if we can take advantage of that."
Houston currently sits in seventh place in the NWSL and is optimistic as their roster comes to full strength that this early season adversity will serve them well.
"This team has a special chemistry," added Waldrum. "It's a chemistry I haven't seen but on a few teams. They never point fingers, they just work harder when the times are toughest. These players are confident that they will get a positive result each time they take the pitch."
A positive result on Wednesday will put the Dash at the cusp of a playoff berth and in a position to battle it out for league supremacy.
The Houston Dynamo will follow the Dash onto the pitch Wednesday night in a 9p.m. start against the Laredo Heat in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup game.