Wondering if the Houston Dash are on the right track to success? Well wonder no more. Four members of the Houston Dash were named on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to the U.S. and Canadien national teams. Add to that the call-up of Kealia Ohai to the USWNT U-23 squad for the Six Nations Cup and there is little doubt that the Dash have all the makings of a top tier NWSL team.
Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg were called to the senior USWNT squad which vies for the Algarve Cup, March 5-12, 2014. Engen, a central defender in recent friendlies against Canada and Russia earned her first nation cap with the 2012 Algarve Cup games.
Klingenberg, a 25 year old defender, has six international appearances to her credit recieves her first call-up in 2014.
The duo will be part of a U.S. team seeking its tenth championship and second consecutive title since defeating Germany 2-0 in 2013.
Dash goalkeeper Erin McLeod and defender Lauren Sesselmann join the Canadien side in its quest for a fourth Cyprus Cup title March 3-13, 2014. Canada's national team last won the title in 2011.
McLeood has been a mainstay for Canada's national team compiling a 45-18-29 record in 93 appearances.
Sesselmann, a defender named to the NWSL's Secon XI in 2013, has earned 39 caps with the Canadien side.
The 2014 NWSL second overall pick, Houston Dash forward Kealia Ohai will travel to LaMonga Spain as part of the USA U-23 national team participating in the Six Nations Cup February 24-March 6, 2014. Ohai is no stranger to national team appearances having helped lead the U-20 women’s national team to the FIFA U-20 World Cup title in 2012, scoring the winning goal in final, a 1-0 victory over Germany. She has also been a member of the U.S. U-18s, U-17s and U-15 national teams.
Upon completion of their team's title runs, the four will return to Houston to begin training with the Dash. Houston opens its inaugural season on April 12, 2014 at BBVA Compass Stadium against the 2013 NWSL champion Portland Thorns FC.