Houston Dash / National Women's Soccer League / Seattle Reign FC

PREVIEW: Game of the Week: Houston Dash at Seattle Reign

Game of the Week Preview

Seattle Reign FC, the only NWSL team to take three points in each of its matches this season, hosts the Houston Dash tonight at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Wash.

Scoring a combined six goals against its two opponents (the Boston Breakers and Washington Spirit) while only conceding one, Seattle has proved to be a threat at home.

Comparatively, the Reign lost the first five matches at home last season—only defeating the Chicago Red Stars (twice), the Washington Spirit and the Western New York Flash at home all season.

Scottish international Kim Little has been impressive since her move from Arsenal Ladies of the FA WSL. In her first game with the Reign, the midfielder scored two goals and dictated the tempo in the team’s 3-0 thrashing over the Boston Breakers.

Fellow midfielder Jess Fishlock has begun her second season with the Seattle club with a goal and three assists in just two matches.

The Houston Dash enters the match at 1-1-0. In its first-ever match, the team lost at home to the defending champions, the Portland Thorns, by one goal.

A win over the Breakers one week ago gave the club its first win in a 3-2 thriller at Harvard Stadium in Allston, Mass.

Ella Masar and Teresa Noyola (2) combined for the goals that saw an 85th minute penalty from the latter give the Dash three important points on the road.

In 155 minutes on the field, Masar has one goal from two shots and one shot on goal. The forward finished last season (as a member of the Chicago Red Stars) with two goals and two assists.

Injury Report:

Amanda Frisbie (abductor strain) and Carmelina Moscato (right foot stress reaction) are out for the Reign. Megan Rapinoe, with a left foot contusion, is probable.

For the Houston Dash, Lauren Sesselmann and Brittany Bock are both out with left ACL tears. Bianca Henninger (right hip flexor strain), Ella Masar (left hamstring tightness), Kealia Ohai and Osinachi Ohale (both with right ankle sprains) are probable for the match.


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