Houston Dash

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Houston Dash
Houston Dash logo.svg
Nickname(s)Dash
FoundedDecember 11, 2013;5 years ago (2013-12-11)
Stadium BBVA Compass Stadium
Houston, Texas
Capacity22,039
OwnerGabriel Brener
Oscar De La Hoya
Jake Silverstein
Ben Guill
PresidentJohn Walker
Head CoachJames Clarkson
League National Women's Soccer League
Website Club website
Soccerball current event.svg 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.

National Womens Soccer League professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league, run by the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of two expansion teams in Houston and Orlando and the loss of Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

The 2014 National Women's Soccer League season is the second season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), this is the eighth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

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History

Establishment

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]

Houston Dynamo American soccer team

Houston Dynamo are an American professional soccer club based in Houston, Texas. The franchise competes in Major League Soccer (MLS), as a member of the Western Conference. The Dynamo had first played their home games at Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus until 2011. Since 2012, the Dynamo has played home matches at BBVA Compass Stadium, a soccer-specific stadium located in Houston. The team's head coach is Wilmer Cabrera.

Team name, crest, and colors unveiled

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. [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. [5]

Horse Domesticated four-footed mammal from the equine family

The horse is one of two extant subspecies of Equus ferus. It is an odd-toed ungulate mammal belonging to the taxonomic family Equidae. The horse has evolved over the past 45 to 55 million years from a small multi-toed creature, Eohippus, into the large, single-toed animal of today. Humans began domesticating horses around 4000 BC, and their domestication is believed to have been widespread by 3000 BC. Horses in the subspecies caballus are domesticated, although some domesticated populations live in the wild as feral horses. These feral populations are not true wild horses, as this term is used to describe horses that have never been domesticated, such as the endangered Przewalski's horse, a separate subspecies, and the only remaining true wild horse. There is an extensive, specialized vocabulary used to describe equine-related concepts, covering everything from anatomy to life stages, size, colors, markings, breeds, locomotion, and behavior.

Ownership and team management

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. [6]

Boxing combat sport

Boxing is a combat sport in which two people, usually wearing protective gloves, throw punches at each other for a predetermined amount of time in a boxing ring.

Oscar De La Hoya American boxer

Oscar De La Hoya is an American former professional boxer who, in 2002, also became a boxing promoter and, in 2018, a mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter. As a boxer, he competed from 1992 to 2008, winning multiple world titles in six different weight classes, including the lineal championship in three weight classes. He is ranked as the 11th best boxer of all time, pound for pound, by BoxRec. De La Hoya was nicknamed "The Golden Boy of boxing" by the media when he represented the United States at the 1992 Summer Olympics where, shortly after having graduated from James A. Garfield High School, he won a gold medal in the lightweight division, and reportedly "set a sport back on its feet."

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. [7]

Brian Ching American soccer player

Brian Ching an American retired professional soccer player who played for twelve years in Major League Soccer and represented the U.S. national team for eight years.

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. [8]

Randy Waldrum American soccer player and coach

Randy Jordan Waldrum is a former professional and collegiate soccer head coach, and the appointed head coach of the University of Pittsburgh women's soccer team on December 19, 2017.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish womens soccer

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's soccer team represents the University of Notre Dame in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I women's soccer. The team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference and is currently coached by Nate Norman, following the resignation of Theresa Romagnolo. The Fighting Irish have won three of the 29 NCAA national championships.

On May 29, 2017, Randy Waldrum and Houston Dash agreed to part ways. Assistant coach Omar Morales was named interim coach. [9]

On November 27, 2017 Vera Pauw was hired as the new head coach. [10] On September 20, 2018 Vera Pauw departed from the club. [11]

On December 11, 2018 James Clarkson was hired as the new head coach. [12]

BBVA Compass Stadium is the current home of the Houston Dash and Dynamo. BBVA Compass Stadium, North Facade.JPG
BBVA Compass Stadium is the current home of the Houston Dash and Dynamo.

Stadium

The Dash play their games at BBVA Compass Stadium, a stadium opened in May 2012, that features a 22,039-seat capacity. For the team's inaugural season, 7,000 seats in the lower seating bowl are available for home games. [13] When the stadium opened in 2012, it became the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city's downtown district. [14]

First team squad

As of March 16, 2019. [15] [16]
No.PositionPlayerNation
1 Goalkeeper Jane Campbell Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2 Defender Arianna Romero Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
3 Forward Rachel Daly Flag of England.svg  England
4 Defender Allysha Chapman Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
6 Midfielder Mana Shim Flag of the United States.svg  United States
7 Forward Kealia Ohai (captain)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
8 Defender Clare Polkinghorne Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
9 Midfielder Haley Hanson Flag of the United States.svg  United States
10 Midfielder Christine Nairn Flag of the United States.svg  United States
11 Midfielder Sofia Huerta Flag of the United States.svg  United States
12 Midfielder Veronica Latsko Flag of the United States.svg  United States
13 Midfielder Sophie Schmidt Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
14 Forward Nichelle Prince Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
17 Forward Kyah Simon Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
19 Midfielder Kristie Mewis Flag of the United States.svg  United States
20 Defender Lindsay Agnew Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
21 Defender Taylor Comeau Flag of the United States.svg  United States
22 Defender Amber Brooks Flag of the United States.svg  United States
30 Goalkeeper Bianca Henninger Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico
44 Defender Satara Murray Flag of England.svg  England

Head coach history

NameTenure
Randy Waldrum January 3, 2014 – May 29, 2017
Omar Morales (interim)May 29, 2017– November 27, 2017
Vera Pauw November 27, 2017– September 20, 2018
James ClarksonDecember 11, 2018– present

Staff

As of March 8, 2019
Executive
OwnerGabriel Brener
Oscar De La Hoya
Jake Silverstein
Ben Guill
President of Business OperationsJohn Walker
Coaching Staff
Head coach Flag of England.svg James Clarkson
Assistant coach Flag of the United States.svg Eddie Robinson
Assistant coach Flag of Mexico.svg Mónica González
Goalkeeping coach Flag of the United States.svg Brenton Saylor

[17]

Seasons

SeasonNWSL regular seasonPosition NWSL
Playoffs
PWLDGFGAPts
2014 2451632344189thDNQ
2015 206862126245thDNQ
2016 2061042929228thDNQ
2017 2471432339248thDNQ
2018 2491053539326thDNQ

DNQ = Did not qualify

Broadcasting

As of the 2017 season, Dash games are streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers. [18] As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons. [19] [20] 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. [21]

During the 2014 season, games were broadcast locally on CSN TV in Houston. [22]

See also

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