During the offseason, the Dash acquired midfielder Marisa Viggiano in a trade with the Pride. In return, the Pride received defender Megan Montefusco, $30,000 in allocation money and OL Reign’s natural third-round pick in the 2023 NWSL draft from the Dash. During the regular season, Viggiano has played 160 minutes for the club with three appearances and two starts.
The Dash are currently fourth in the NWSL standings with eight points in five games played. Houston just recently played North Carolina to a 1-1 draw making the squad unbeaten in their last four games with a 2-0-2 record since May 8.
Houston’s forward Rachel Daly has scored in consecutive matches and three times on the season which is tied for second-most in the NWSL regular season. In the Club’s most recent game against the North Carolina Courage, Daly recorded her 100th career regular season appearance for the Dash.
This is the first of two matchups between the sides this season. Last year, the Dash beat the Pride at PNC Stadium in a 2-1 scoreline, which saw Gunny Jónsdóttir hit the back of the net off an assist from Marta for the Pride lone goal. In the second match at Exploria Stadium the two sides played to a 1-1 draw behind a 78th minute equalizer for the Pride from former midfielder Taylor Kornieck. The Dash are unbeaten against the Pride in their last five matches in the Bayou City, across all competitions.
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Dash Captain Rachel Daly made her 100th career regular season appearance both in the NWSL as well as with the Dash. Daly is the second player in club history to reach this milestone after Kealia Watt (Ohai) was the first player to reach that milestone in 2019. Daly is Houston’s all-time leader in goals scored across all competitions with and was drafted by the Dash in 2016. She helped lead the Dash to a 2020 Challenge Cup title where she was named the tournament MVP.