Australian FW Kyah Simon Joins Houston Dash After 2018 AFC Women's Asian Cup

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Houston Dash FW Kyah Simon will join the club for the first time this season when she takes the field for training this afternoon, the club announced today.  

Simon returned to the United States this week after helping Australia secure a berth for the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup with a runner-up finish at the 2018 AFC Asian Women's Cup in Jordan.  

Simon will be available for selection on Saturday when Houston hosts Crystal Dunn, Lynn Williams and the North Carolina Courage at 2:30 p.m. for the Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week. This would be Simon's first NWSL appearance since the 2016 season where she finished with one goal and one assist in 17 appearances for the Boston Breakers.  

The 26-year-old was selected by Houston with the sixth pick in the NWSL Dispersal Draft on Jan. 30. The Australian international spent the winter playing in her home country with Melbourne City FC where she scored two goals in 14 appearances and won the 2018 W-League Grand Final with Melbourne City on Feb. 18.   

In a corresponding move, the club waived MF Allison Wetherington. The midfielder joined the club as a discovery player on Jan. 31.

Daly and Campbell Named to NWSL Team of the Month

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Houston Dash goalkeeper Jane Campbell and defender Rachel Daly were named to the NWSL Team of the Month, presented by Cutter® Insect Repellent, the league announced today.  

Campbell finished with six saves and her first clean sheet of the season after the first two games of the season. The goalkeeper finished with five saves against Utah Royals FC in a scoreless draw last Friday and won Save of the Week honors for denying Utah midfielder Gunny Jonsdottir from close range. Campbell will join the U.S. Women’s National Team this week for two friendlies, including the April 8 friendly against her Dash teammate Bianca Henninger and Mexico at BBVA Compass Stadium.   

Daly has transitioned to right back full-time and played a key role in Houston’s scoreless draw with Utah last Friday. The Harrogate, England native is in her third season with the Dash and will join England for a pair of upcoming FIFA Women's World Cup Qualifying matches against Wales on April 6 in Southampton and at Bosnia and Herzegovina on April 10.  

The NWSL Team of the Month is selected each month of the regular season by the NWSL Media Association, a collection of writers that cover the league on a consistent basis. For more information on the NWSL Media Association, follow them on Twitter.  

Campbell and Daly will return to BBVA Compass Stadium after international duty on April 28 as Houston hosts the North Carolina Courage at 2:30 p.m. for its only nationally-televised game at home. Tickets for the match start at $19 and are available at HoustonDashSoccer.com; and full season memberships are available starting at $192.

Jane Campbell key as Houston Dash shut out Utah Royals FC

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Photo: Houston Chronicle

The Houston Dash held Utah Royals FC to a scoreless draw in their first meeting at BBVA Compass Stadium this evening.  

Jane Campbell finished with five saves and her first clean sheet of the season. The goalkeeper’s first save of the game came in 28th minute when Campbell denied Gunny Jonsdottir’s free kick after her shot was dropping towards the inside of the crossbar close to the near post. 

Kimberly Keever had Houston’s best opportunity in the of the first half when she made contact with a cross from Linda Motlhalo in first half stoppage time, but her shot was off target.  

Campbell kept Utah off the score sheet again as she denied Brook Elby’s shot from the edge of the box in the 66th minute by punching the ball out of play.  

Five minutes later, the goalkeeper came off her line to deny Jonsdottir from close range. The rebound fell to Erika Tymrak, but her shot was off target.  

Houston returns to league action on April 18 as they travel to Illinois to face the Chicago Red Stars. The Dash return to BBVA Compass Stadium on April 28 as they host the North Carolina Courage.  

Campbell, Sauerbrunn and the U.S. Women's National Team will return to Houston on April 8 as they face Bianca Henninger and Mexico in a friendly at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets are available at BBVACompassStadium.com.  

Scoring Summary: 

N/A

Houston Dash: Jane Campbell; Rachel Daly, Amber Brooks ©, Janine Van Wyk (Lindsay Agnew 76’), Kristie Mewis; Mana Shim, Haley Hanson; Savannah Jordan, Linda Motlhalo, Kimberly Keever; Veronica Latsko (Nichelle Prince 61’)  

Unused Substitutes: Bianca Henninger, Sammy Jo Prudhomme, Alli Murphy, Michaela Hahn, Claire Falknor

Total shots: 7 (Nichelle Prince 2) Shots on goal: 0 (N/A); Fouls: 10 (Amber Brooks 2); Offside: 4 (Veronica Latsko 2); Corner kicks: 2 (Kimberly Keever 2); Saves: 5

Utah Royals FC: Abby Smith; Rachel Corsie, Becca Moros (Brooke Elby 34’), Becky Sauerbrunn ©, Sydney Miramontez; Katie Bowen (Lo’Beu Laonta 60’), Diane Matheson, Desiree Scott; Gunny Jonsdottir; Katie Stengel, Brittany Ratcliffe (Erika Tymrak 76) 

Unused Substitutes: Nicole Barnhart, Taylor Lytle, Maegan Kelly, Alexa Newfield  

Total shots: 10 (Gunny Jonsdottir 5) Shots on goal: 6 (Gunny Jonsdottir 5); Fouls: 5 (Gunny Jonsdottir 3); Offside: 4 (Katie Stengel 3); Corner kicks: 4 (Diana Matheson 3); Saves: 0  

Discipline: 

N/A

OFFICIALS 

Referee: Elton Garcia 

Assistant Referee 1: Jeremy Weed 

Assistant Referee 2: Maggie Short 

Fourth Official: Andrea Jedele

Houston Dash Draw Chicago 1-1 to Open 2018 Campaign

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The Houston Dash opened the 2018 NWSL regular season with a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Red Stars this afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium. It marked the third consecutive year in which the Dash earned a point against Chicago on opening day.   

Forward Kimberly Keever, one of three first-year players to start for Houston, scored her first goal as a professional in the 37th minute after she slid toward a low cross from forward Savannah Jordan at the near post. The play began with first-round draft pick Haley Hanson dribbling from midfield to the edge of the box and laying off to Jordan as she pulled two defenders towards her. 

The Dash appeared headed to an opening-day victory until Chicago scored in the 91st minute. After winning a corner kick as the match slipped into stoppage time, the Red Stars threw numbers forward. The initial corner was headed away but not out, and Chicago defender Taylor Comeau headed a floating ball back across the goal and under the crossbar to equalize.  

Jordan was inches away from a goal of her own in the 21st minute, dragging a right-footed effort just wide of the far post. Rookie Veronica Latsko won the ball outside the box and found midfielder Linda Motlhalo, who found Jordan in stride for Houston’s first scoring opportunity of the game.   

Midfielder Meleana Shim forced a save after her free kick went straight to goal, but Naeher was well positioned to handle her shot.   

Houston almost doubled the lead minutes into the second half as Shim found Latsko unmarked inside the box, but her effort was blocked by Naeher who closed down quickly on the rookie. Minutes later, defender Rachel Daly fired a shot from outside the box that was redirected by forward Nichelle Prince, but Prince’s effort went wide of the near post.   

Houston returns to action on Friday as they host Utah Royals FC in their inaugural visit to BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets for the match start at $19 and are available here.

Scoring Summary: 

HOU: Kimberly Keever 1 (Savannah Jordan 1) 37 

Houston Dash: Jane Campbell; Rachel Daly, Amber Brooks ©, Janine Van Wyk, Kristie Mewis; Meleana Shim, Haley Hanson; Savannah Jordan (Lindsay Agnew 71), Linda Motlhalo (Claire Falknor 78), Kimberly Keever (Nichelle Prince 46); Veronica Latsko

Unused Substitutes: Bianca Henninger, Sammy Jo Prudhomme, Alli Murphy, Michaela Hahn 

Total shots: 12 (Savannah Jordan and Meleana Shim tied with 3); Shots on goal: 4 (Savannah Jordan 3); Fouls: 14 (Lindsay Agnew 3); Offside: 2 (Linda Motlhalo and Nichelle Prince tied with 1); Corner kicks: 4 (Kristie Mewis and Meleana Shim tied with 2); Saves: 


Chicago Red Stars: Alyssa Naeher; Katie Naughton, Arin Gilliland, Samantha Johnson, Taylor Comeau; Danielle Colaprico, Lauren Kaskie (Nikki Stanton 64), Summer Green (Sarah Gorden 59), Alyssa Mautz; Michele Vasconcelos (Erin Yenney 74); Sofia Huerta 

Unused Substitutes: Emily Boyd, Stephanie McCaffrey 

Total shots: 5 (Taylor Comeau, Lauren Kaskie, Danielle Colaprico, Arin Gilliland and Erin Yenney tied with 1); Shots on goal: 2 (Taylor Comeau and Danielle Colaprico tied with 1); Fouls: 12 (Sofia Huerta 4); Offside: 1 (Lauren Kaskie 1); Corner kicks: 3 (Danielle Colaprico 3); Saves: 


Discipline: 

CHI: Katie Naughton (unsporting foul 69) 

HOU: Amber Brooks (unsporting foul 81) 


Attendance: 5,846 

OFFICIALS 

Referee: Jasmine Peralta 

Assistant Referee 1: Brooke Mayo 

Assistant Referee 2: Adrienne McDonald 

Fourth Official: Kimberly Oberle

Houston Dash defeat U-23 USWNT in opening game of the Thorns Spring Invitational

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The Houston Dash opened the Thorns Spring Invitational  with a 2-1 victory over the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team this afternoon at the University of Portland. 

Forward Veronica Latsko scored the first goal of the game in the 17th minute after her header beat U-23 USWNT keeper Bella Geist at the near post. The play began with Rachel Daly along the right flank after she whipped in a cross into the heart of the box. 

Defender Amber Brooks scored her first goal of the preseason in the 55th minute after her she muscled past three defenders to head a ball into the bottom corner of the back post. The cross came from a free kick from defender Kristie Mewis after Houston won a foul 10 yards outside the box.  

Catarina Macario prevented the shutout in the 73rd minute for the U-23 USWNT after her free kick went over the wall into the top corner of the far post.  

Seven players who reported from international duty saw minutes on the field, including South African forward Linda Motlhalo who made her debut with the club as a second half substitute.  

Daly sparked Houston’s first scoring opportunity of the game in the third minute after her cross found Kimberly Keever in the box, but her header was handled by Geist.  

Latsko almost doubled Houston’s lead seconds before halftime as she won the ball near midfield, squeezed past two defenders, but her shot was handled by Geist at the edge of the box.  

Houston returns to action at 3:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday to face the Chicago Red Stars at Merlo Field.  

-Dash On-

Houston Dash announce roster moves prior to Thorns Spring Invitational

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The Houston Dash announced several roster moves today as the club continues its 2018 preseason training.

Seven national team players have reported to Portland as the Dash prepare for their first match of the Thorns Spring Invitational on Sunday. Goalkeepers Jane Campbell (USA) and Bianca Henninger (Mexico), defenders Rachel Daly(England) and Janine Van Wyk (South Africa), and forwards Lindsay Agnew (Canada), Thembi Kgatlana (South Africa), Linda Motlhalo (South Africa) and Nichelle Prince (Canada) joined the team after competing for their respective national teams.

Campbell has returned from the U.S. Women’s National Team after the reigning World Cup champions defeated England 1-0 to win the SheBelieves Cup on Wednesday. Daly saw action in England’s final two matches including a 2-2 draw with Germany on March 4.

Agnew and Prince return after joining Canada for the Algarve Cup; and Henninger returns after joining Mexico in Turkey for the National Women’s Team Football Tournament.

Kgatlana, Motlhalo and Van Wyk join Houston after representing South Africa in the Cyprus Cup, where Kgatlana won the Most Valuable Player Award.

With the addition of those seven players the Dash have released two draft picks from the 2018 NWSL College Draft in midfielder Abby Elinsky and goalkeeper Sarah Shimer, along with non-roster invitees forwards Sonest Furtado and Heather Kaleiohi. Additionally, defender Cami Privett has announced her retirement from professional soccer.

Houston will debut in the Thorns Spring Invitational at 1:30 p.m. CDT on Sunday against the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team. The Dash will return to Texas after the round-robin tournament on March 18 to prepare for their home opener against Julie Ertz, Sam Kerr and the Chicago Red Stars at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets for the match begin at $19 and are available here.

Houston Dash Sign Midfielder Meleana Shim

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The Houston Dash have signed midfielder Meleana “Mana” Shim, the club announced today.  

Shim, 26, joins Houston after spending a portion of 2017 in Sweden with Växjö DFF. The midfielder spent the first half of the year with Portland Thorns FC prior moving to Europe.  

Shim began her professional career with Portland in 2013 after the Thorns signed her as a discovery player. The Santa Clara University product was named Portland’s Newcomer of the Year as a rookie in 2013. The midfielder scored nine goals and tallied nine assists in 74 appearances for the Thorns and won the 2013 NWSL Championship.  

Shim will join Houston as the Dash travel to the Pacific Northwest for the Thorns Spring Invitational from March 11-17. The Dash return to Texas on March 18 to prepare for the club's home opener at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 25 at BBVA Compass Stadium as they host Julie Ertz, Sam Kerr and the Chicago Red Stars. Tickets for the match start at $19 and are now available here or by calling (713)-276-GOAL.