The Dash recently acquired U.S. WNT defender Abby Dahlkemper from the North Carolina Courage, who last featured for Manchester City in the Women’s Super League in England. Dahlkemper won multiple Supporter Shields and an NWSL Championship with the Courage. Houston also recently signed forward Michelle Alozie through the remainder of the 2021 season.
The Dash have split its last two matches with both a win and a loss at home in the past week. Houston took a 1-0 victory over Racing Louisville this past Sunday, when Rachel Daly netted the lone goal of the game. The Dash then played in a midweek matchup against OL Reign on Wednesday night, where the Reign scored early and the Dash were unable to find the back of the net, losing 1-0 at home.
Teammates Rachel Daly and Veronica Latsko lead the Dash with three goals apiece through 16 matches played this season. The Dash also have four players with two assists in 2020.
Orlando traveled to Houston earlier this season, the first meeting between the two sides this year. Down 2-0 in the second half, Gunny Jónsdóttir scored her first goal as a member of the Pride, bringing Orlando back within one. However, the Pride were unable to find an equalizer, ending with a score of 2-1 in what served as the Club’s first loss of the year.
Rasmussen Fun Fact
Sunday’s matchup against the Dash will be Orlando’s second nationally-televised game of the season, and the Pride’s only home match to be highlighted on national television. The game will be featured on CBS, after previously featuring on CBS Sports Network on Aug. 22 at Washington.