18-player roster unveiled before inaugural match on April 12
The Houston Dash have announced their 18-player roster for the 2014 National Women’s Soccer League season.
The team, entering its inaugural season, will be led by head coach Randy Waldrum. Waldrum joined the Dash in January after spending 15 years as head coach of the Notre Dame women’s soccer program. Waldrum compiled a 292-58-17 record and won two national championships at the helm of the Fighting Irish. Waldrum will be supported by assistant coach Lee Cullip and goalkeepers coach Steve Branz.
The Dash roster has been constructed through national team allocations, the 2014 NWSL Expansion Draft and the NWSL College Draft. Expansion draft picks Brittany Bock and Becky Edwards figure to be in central midfield for Waldrum’s team. Forward Kealia Ohai, second overall pick in the college draft, led the team with five goals and five assists during a six-game preseason. U.S. Women National Team defenders Whitney Engen and Meghan Klingenberg are currently with Swedish side Tyresö FF, and will join the Dash at the conclusion of Tyresö’s UEFA Women’s Champions League run.
2014 Houston Dash Roster (Previous club/college)
Goalkeepers (2): Bianca Henninger (FC Kansas City), Erin McLeod (Chicago Red Stars)
Defenders (6): Marissa Diggs (Central Florida), Whitney Engen (Tyresö FF), Meghan Klingenberg (Tyresö FF), Arianna Romero (Seattle Reign FC), Lauren Sesselmann (FC Kansas City), Kika Toulouse (Washington Spirit), Nikki Washington (Portland Thorns FC)
Midfielders (4): Brittany Bock (Sky Blue FC), Becky Edwards (Portland Thorns FC), Jordan Jackson (Nebraska), Teresa Noyola (FC Kansas City)
Forwards (6): Ella Masar (Chicago Red Stars), Tiffany McCarty (Washington Spirit), Stephanie Ochs (Washington Spirit), Kealia Ohai (North Carolina), Rafaelle Souza (Ole Miss)
The Dash begin the NWSL regular season on Saturday, April 12 against Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Compass Stadium (7 p.m. CT). Individual and season tickets are on sale now and are available online at HoustonDashSoccer.com and by calling (713) 276-GOAL.
ABOUT THE HOUSTON DASH
The Houston Dash are a National Women’s Soccer League club that will begin play in April 2014 for the start of the league’s second season. The Dash are the first expansion club in the NWSL, joining the eight original members that launched the league in 2013. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. It is the top-flight women’s professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. The 24-game regular season runs from April through August. The team trains at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, visit www.HoustonDashSoccer.com or call (713) 276-GOAL.