Preview: Dash vs. Thorns FC
(May 14, 2014) – The Houston Dash look to get back into the win column when they host Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday.
The Dash have yet to score since their Week 2 victory over the Boston Breakers and fell to their third consecutive defeat Sunday with a 1-0 loss on the road to the Chicago Red Stars.
Houston did well to address some of the defensive problems they had been having – with the backline of Holly Hein, Kika Toulouse, Arianna Romero and Becky Edwards as well as holding midfielders Kaylyn Kyle and Teresa Noyola limiting Chicago to just two shots on goal in the loss.
Back goalkeeper Bianca Henninger made one save for the Dash, who have been outscored 7-0 during their three straight losses.
Other than their 3-2 win over the Breakers, Houston has been shutout in all four of their other games.
Wednesday’s game will be the second and final visit of the year to BBVA Compass Stadium for Portland,, which recorded a 1-0 win over the Dash in the season opener for both teams.
Midfielder Allie Long scored the first of her three goals so far this season off an assist from Jessica McDonald, while Nadine Angerer made two saves to post a shutout in her NWSL debut.
The Thorns will be looking for a repeat of that effort after falling to a 1-0 loss at home to league-leading Seattle Reign FC in Week 5.
Angerer continued her impressive season with four saves against Seattle and forward Christine Sinclair managed a game-high three shots on goal, but the champions were unable to answer an 89th-minute goal from Reign forward Kim Little and slipped 10 points behind their Pacific Northwest Rivals.
The Dash will head out on the road to face FC Kansas City for their second game of Week 6 before returning to BBVA Compass Stadium to host the Red Stars on May 23.
Portland’s next two matches will be at home at Providence Park against the Western New York Flash and Sky Blue FC.
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