Friday, April 11, 2014

2014 NWSL: Houston Dash Preview, Depth Chart & Key Players

2013: Expansion Team
Head Coach: Randy Waldrum

Key Newcomers: Ella Masar F (20gp 3g 2a - Chicago), Erin McLeod G (16gp - Chicago), Lauren Sesselmann (19g - Kansas City), Teresa Noyola M (18gp 1g 1a - Seattle), Stephanie Ochs F (22gp 1g 2a - Washington), Kealia Ohai (1st Round Pick)
Analysis: The newest NWSL club, the Houston Dash, will be up against it as on paper they are by far the weakest team in the league going into the season. The players on the roster only combined for eight NWSL goals last season and they also collectively have the least National Team experience.

This means Canadian National Team goalkeeper Erin McLeod and defender Lauren Sesselmann will be very busy on the pitch, and also being the most experienced players in the club will have to take a leadership role as well. The team does include some players of interest for the 2015 World Cup, including Japanese defender Aya Sameshima, two of the top Mexican players in Arianna Romero and Teresa Noyola, Brazilian Rafaelle Souza, and American national team prospect Kealia Ohai.

2014 Prediction: 9th Place

Key Players

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