Houston Dash

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Houston Dash
Houston Dash logo.svg
Nickname(s) Dash
Founded December 11, 2013; 3 years ago (2013-12-11)
Stadium BBVA Compass Stadium
Ground Capacity 22,039
Owner Gabriel Brener
Oscar De La Hoya
Jake Silverstein
Ben Guill
President Chris Canetti
Head Coach Omar Morales (interim)
League National Women's Soccer League
2017 Overall: 8th
Playoffs: Did not qualify
Website Club website
Current season

The Houston Dash is a professional women's soccer team based in Houston, Texas. They joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the 2014 season.

History[edit]

Establishment[edit]

On November 19, 2013, the Houston Dynamo began talks in the initial stages with the intention of bringing a top flight women's professional soccer franchise to Houston.[1] Just a week later, the effort was bolstered when the Dynamo began accepting refundable deposits for a potential NWSL expansion team.[2] On December 11, 2013, the National Women's Soccer League awarded the Houston Dynamo and the city of Houston an expansion franchise.[3]

Team name, crest, and colors unveiled[edit]

During a press conference on December 12, 2013, Houston Dynamo President Chris Canetti announced that the club would be named the Houston Dash and would share similar colors to the Dynamo: orange, black, and sky blue.[4] The crest features a soccer ball along with the words "Houston Dash" with sky blue lines in the background. Of the expansion, Canetti said, "We are thrilled to have our very own NWSL franchise here in Houston. It is an important addition to our sports landscape and will bring added value to our community. We share the vision for this league and look forward to playing our part in making it a great success. Part of our responsibility is to grow the game of soccer, and this new team will play a significant role in that effort."[5] The name Dash refers to the fast running speed of a horse, which is a historical mode of transportation for Texans in the 1800s.[6]

Ownership and team management[edit]

Houston Dash is owned by the same ownership group as the Dynamo, Gabriel Brener, Jake Silverstein, Ben Guill, and multiple World and Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.[7]

On December 23, 2013, Former Houston Dynamo player Brian Ching was named Managing Director, in charge of day-to-day duties on both the business and technical sides of under the supervision of Houston Dash and Dynamo team president Chris Canetti.[8]

On January 3, 2014, Randy Waldrum was named as the Dash's first head coach, having previously coached the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's soccer team to two national titles since joining the team in 1999.[9]

On May 29, 2017, Randy Waldrum and Houston Dash agreed to part ways. Assistant coach Omar Morales was named interim coach.[10]

BBVA Compass Stadium is the current home of the Houston Dash and Dynamo.

Stadium[edit]

The Dash play their games at BBVA Compass Stadium, a stadium opened in May 2012, that features a 22,000 seat capacity. For the team's inaugural season, 7,000 seats in the lower seating bowl are available for home games.[11] When the stadium opened in 2012, it became the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city's downtown district.[12]

First team squad[edit]

As of 7 October 2017[13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States GK Jane Campbell
2 Brazil DF Poliana
3 England FW Rachel Daly
4 Brazil DF Bruna Benites
5 United States DF Cari Roccaro
7 United States FW Kealia Ohai
8 United States MF Claire Falknor
9 United States FW Sarah Hagen
10 United States MF Carli Lloyd
11 United States DF Meghan Cox
12 United States MF Amber Brooks
No. Position Player
14 Canada FW Nichelle Prince
16 Canada FW Janine Beckie
17 Brazil MF Andressa
19 United States MF Kristie Mewis
22 United States DF Camille Levin
23 United States DF Cami Privett
24 United States MF Kelly Conheeney
27 United States MF Caity Heap
30 Mexico GK Bianca Henninger
55 South Africa DF Janine van Wyk

Head coach history[edit]

Name Tenure
Randy Waldrum January 3, 2014 – May 29, 2017
Omar Morales (interim) May 29, 2017– present

Team officials[edit]

Senior club staff

  • President of Business Operations: Chris Canetti

Coaching staff

Seasons[edit]

Year League Regular Season Playoffs
2014 NWSL 9th, (5–16–3) Did not qualify
2015 NWSL 5th, (6–8–6) Did not qualify
2016 NWSL 8th, (6–10–4) Did not qualify
2017 NWSL 8th, (7–14–3) Did not qualify

Broadcasting[edit]

As of the 2017 season, Dash games are streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers.[14] As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons.[15][16] For the 2017 season, the Dash will be featured in five nationally broadcast Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week broadcasts on May 6, May 3, and September 23, 2017.[17]

During the 2014 season, games were broadcast locally on CSN TV in Houston.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ de Jesus Ortiz, Jose (November 19, 2013). "Dynamo pursue expansion franchise in women’s league". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Farley, Richard (November 21, 2013). "Houston Dynamo accepting refundable deposits for potential NWSL expansion team, and why it’s a no-brainer for the league". NBC Sports. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  3. ^ Berman, Mark (December 11, 2013). "Houston and Dynamo land National Women's Soccer League team". KRIV. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ Lovell, Darrell (December 13, 2013). "Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti: Houston Dash's formation "will make soccer stronger"". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Houston Dynamo launch Houston Dash as expansion member of National Women’s Soccer League". Houston Dynamo. December 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Houston Dynamo launch Houston Dash as expansion member of National Women’s Soccer League". Houston Dynamo. December 12, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2015. 
  7. ^ De La Hoya on the way to Dynamo[permanent dead link], HoustonDynamo.com, February 26, 2008
  8. ^ Brian Ching named Houston Dash managing director, Houston Dash Communications, December 23, 2013
  9. ^ Dash hire highly-acclaimed coach from Notre Dame to be their first head coach Archived January 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., My FOX Houston, January 3, 2014
  10. ^ Purdy, Jacqueline. "Houston Dash, Randy Waldrum part ways". NWSL. Retrieved 30 May 2017. 
  11. ^ Lauletta, Dan (December 12, 2013). "It’s official — Houston Dash to join NWSL for 2014". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved December 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Major League Soccer, L.L.C. "Dynamo Stadium 2012". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved August 3, 2011. 
  13. ^ https://www.houstondynamo.com/players/squad/dash
  14. ^ "NWSL, go90 announce exclusive streaming partnership". Black and Red United (SBNation). Vox Media. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Lifetime To Air National Women’s Soccer League Games As A+E Networks Kicks In For Equity Stake". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  16. ^ "A+E Networks, National Women’s Soccer League Ink Major Deal". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Houston Dash to host three nationally televised games in 2017". Houston Dynamo. March 30, 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "Houston Dash unveil local television broadcast schedule". Houston Dynamo. March 17, 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 

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