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

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Photo: Houston Dash

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.  

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Houston Dash announce roster moves prior to Thorns Spring Invitational

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Photo: Houston Dash

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


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.