Houston Dash vs Washington Spirit
Saturday, August 27 at 8:30 p.m. EST
PNC Stadium (Houston, Texas)
Paramount+ (viewers in the United States), Twitch (international)
Get ready for this week’s match against Houston with some fast facts below:
- Saturday night’s match will be the Spirit’s first in 17 days. After dropping a home match to Portland at Segra Field on Wednesday, August 10, Washington entered a break in league play originally scheduled so it could compete in the annual Women’s International Champions Cup. After opting out of the tournament earlier in the regular season, the side instead used the break for rest and recovery entering the final stretch of the regular season.
- The last time the Spirit took on the Dash was in 2021’s final regular season match when it locked up a home playoff match by way of a 1-0 victory. Trinity Rodman scored the game-winner in the 76th minute of the Halloween contest at Audi Field.
- This will be the 22nd time the Spirit has played Houston in the club’s history. In the previous 21 matchups, Washington has earned a 10-7-4 edge against the Dash.
- Washington earned its lone score in its last match by way of an opposing own goal when Thorns FC goalkeeper Bella Bixby backed over the goal line while possessing the ball late in Washington’s bout with Portland.
- Washington currently has nine draws in its 16 regular season matches. With two more ties this year, the Spirit will equal 2021 NJ/NY Gotham FC’s league-record 11 single-season draws.
- In 13 regular season matches this year, goalkeeper Aubrey Kingsbury has notched 41 saves, good enough for eighth-best in the league despite having played in fewer games than all seven players who rank above her. Kingsbury’s three missed matches were as a result of her being called up to the USWNT for the Concacaf Women’s Championship in Mexico.
- With six regular season matches remaining in 2022, the Spirit finds itself eleven points behind the playoff line.
- Former Houstonians
- Spirit defender Amber Brooks played for the Dash for four seasons from 2016 through 2019.
- Spirit goalkeeper Devon Kerr signed with the Dash out of college and spent the 2019 season with the side.
- Former Washingtonians
- Dash defender Caprice Dydasco spent four seasons with the Spirit from 2015 through 2018.
- Dash forward Cali Farquharson spent four seasons with the Spirit from 2016 through 2019.
- Dash midfielder Natalie Jacobs was drafted by the Spirit in 2020 and played with the side into 2021.
The match will be broadcast on Paramount+ for fans in the United States and on Twitch for international viewers. Following the match, the Spirit will host a press conference with assistant coach Angela Salem and captains Andi Sullivan and Aubrey Kingsbury. Fans can stream the postgame presser via the Washington Spirit Twitch channel.