Four months to the day that the Houston Dash were officially announced as the first expansion franchise in the National Women's Soccer League, they played their inaugural match against the defending champions Portland Thorns.
Photo by Groovehouse It would be great to say the entire match had the Dash on the aggressive like this.
The two MLS-owned franchises kicked off the NWSL season at BBVA Compass Stadium on Saturday night. The Thorns (Portland Timbers) finished atop the womens league's maiden season last year. The Dash (Houston Dynamo) are the first expansion club in the league's young history.
It would have been damn right near impossible for the Dash to replicate what the Dynamo did in their Houston christening back in 2006 - especially since the Dynamo were a relocated franchise coming off a Supporters' Shield in 2005 in San Jose. But with a crowd of 8,097 - double the average in the National Women's Soccer League last season - the Dash are on their way to solidifying themselves in the professional women's soccer ranks.
But back to Saturday night, here are five things Hair Balls learned from the Dash's opening kick in Houston.More »