Houston Dash 1-1 Chicago Red Stars in 2018 National Women's Soccer League
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FULL TIME: Houston Dash 1-1 Chicago Red Stars

90+2' Free kick for the Red Stars

90+2' + Houston Dash 1-1 Chicago Red Stars

90' - GOAL CHICAGO! Off the corner! Taylor Comeau!

90' - Red Stars earn a corner

88' - Chicago with a shot that hits off the cross bar! The rebound is collected by Campbell

85' - Chicago awarded a free kick a few yards outside of the box.

84' - Agnew called for a foul on Comeau. Free kick Chicago.

82' - Ball bounces from head to head for a bit until Campbell finally collects

81' - Brooks earns yellow card for a hard tackle

80' - Shim fouled deep in the Dash's attacking half for a free kick

78'- Foul called as Mewis tackled

77' - Claire Falknor checks in for Motlhalo 

74' - Erin Yenney checks in for Vasconcelos for the Red Stars

73' - Service from far out for Chicago, but Campbell collects it easily

71' - Lindsay Agnew checks in for Savannah Jordan

69' - Yellow card for Chicago's Katie Naughton. Free kick for the Dash

68' - Janine Van Wyk is fouled for a Dash free kick just behind the halfway line

66' - Play stops as both Daly and Michele  Vasconcelos are both down

64' - Nikki Stanton checks in for Lauren Kaskie

63' - Foul on Gorden gives the Red Stars a free kick in their attacking half

62' - Dash ready for another, but Molthalo's cross for Amber Brooks is collected by Naeher

59' - Sarah Gorden checks in for Summer Green for the Red Stars

57' - Motlhalo getting closer and closer to a goal today! Her shot goes wide! 

55' - Dash earn a corner

52' - The Dash made a halftime substitution. Nichelle Prince for goalscorer Kimberly Keever

51' - Motlhalo's shot in front of goal just barely goes wide!

50' - Sofia Huerta called for a foul on Mewis at the halfway line

47' - A bit of action early in the half for Naeher, who is able to save Shim's rebound shot from the top of the box

46' - And the second half has kicked off!

HALF TIME: Houston Dash 1-0 Chicago Red Stars

42' - Mothalo starts dribbling towards goal, but she's called offside

41' - Shim tries her shot from distance, but Naeher handles it easily

39' - Houston Dash 1-0 Chicago Red Stars

38' - GOAL DASH! Rookie Kimberly Keever slides to meet Savannah Jordan's cross.

36' - Kaskie tries a shot from the top of the box but it's wide and over for a goal kick

35' - Red Stars earn free kick in their attacking half

33' - After being looked at by a trainer, Mothalo is up and ready to go. Dash earn free kick at the halfway line

32' - Play is stopped as Linda Mothalo stays on the ground 

31' - Shim's shot into the box is handled easily by Naeher

30' - Latsko pushed down as she dribbles towards the box, late call but Dash earn the free kick

28' - Dash earn a free kick in their attacking half

27' - Chicago earns a corner

26' - Dash seem to be getting close to a goal with their buildup, but nothing just yet

21' - Foul on Comeau gives Chicago a free kick just past the halfway line

21' - Jordan with a shot in the box, but it goes JUST wide of the post

20' - Ball played by Haley Hanson to Daly, who gets endline and earns the Dash a corner

18' - Shim serves the ball deep into the box, but Naeher is there to collect

17' - Shim fouled off the ball. Dash receive free kick in their attacking half

14' - Mana Shim's service is cleared

14' - Dash earn another corner

13' - Kristie Mewis' service goes out for a goalkick

12' - Dash earn their first corner

12' - Ball played over the top for Savannah Jordan but goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher gets there first

11' - Rachel Daly is tripped up on the ball by Summer Green. Free kick deep in the Dash's half

8' - Daly's service goes deep, but it's headed out for a goal kick

7' - Sam Johnson called for a foul in Veronica Latsko, free kick for the Dash a few years fro the halfway line

4' - Campbell easily picks out the service 

4' - Chicago earns first corner of the match

1' - Kickoff at BBVA Compass Stadium!

Lineups have been announce and national anthem has been sung - kickoff to happen shortly!

Chicago Red Stars Starting XI: Naeher, Naughton, Gilliland, Johnson, Comeau; Colaprico, Kaskie, Huerta; Green, Mautz, Vasconcelos.

Houston Dash Starting XI: Campbell; Mewis, Brooks, Van Wyk, Daly; Shim, Hanson; Keever, Motlhalo, Jordan; Latsko.

Nevertheless, the Chicago bench looks deep and ready to step up to the challenge. They’ve got their eyes set on the 2018 NWSL Championship and their first step will be to take their first win of the season over Houston.

However, Chicago does have quite the number of players out at the moment. USWNT defender Casey Short is out with a right ankle sprain, and will no longer be participating in the USWNT’s April camp due to this injury Fellow USWNT player Julie Ertz is also out with injury, a right knee sprain. Midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo is dealing with a stress fracture pelvis, New Zealand native Rosie White has a right and left navicular fracture, and Japanese international Yuki Nagasato has a left hamstring strain.

Chicago is looking for their first season opening win as they have lost the last two to Houston on both occasions. They look to solidify themselves as a powerhouse this season, still keeping a core number of players from previous seasons on their roster. They’ve made the playoffs consecutively for the past three seasons, and this year Chicago can and should be pushing to make it all the way to the finals this time around.

On the visitors side, Chicago’s shaking things up a bit. Most notable is their addition of Australian sensation Sam Kerr. However, Kerr will not be making her Red Stars debut this weekend as she’s away on national team duty for The Matildas.

Houston will have only two players out from their listed injury report: Kyah Simon and Thembi Kgatlana. Both newcomers to the Dash, Simon is on the D45 list with a hamstring injury while Kgalana will be gone for an excused absence. Mainstay Kealia Ohai is not reported because she is still coming back from an ACL tear from last June.

Houston Dash vs Chicago Red Stars Live Updates

As for the rest of the Dash roster, there are only a handful of players who remain this season. There are nine returning players from the 2017 roster, leaving the rest to be new to the organization. Under new head coach Vera Pauw, fans are about to see a new era of the Houston Dash.

Both of these clubs have made a number of changes over the offseason. The most notable one would have to be the three-way trade that resulted in US Women’s National Team forward Christen Press being sent from Chicago to Houston. However, Press will not be available for this match; she has opted out of reporting to Houston and will not be suiting up for the Dash.

The Houston Dash host the final match of the 2018 opening weekend. This will be the third consecutive opening weekend match in which they have hosted the Red Stars. Both of the previous opening weekend matchups between the two clubs has resulted in a win for the Houston Dash. It will be interesting if the home team can pull off a win for the third time in a row.

Houston Dash vs Chicago Red Stars Live Stream Commentary

Welcome to VAVEL USA’s LIVE coverage of the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League opening weekend match between the Houston Dash and the Chicago Red Stars. My name is Bianca Verar and I’ll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens here on VAVEL. This game will be broadcasted with the go90 app and NWSL website.