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Houston Dash

Houston Dash
Houston Dash logo.svg
Nickname(s)Dash
FoundedDecember 11, 2013; 5 years ago (2013-12-11)
StadiumBBVA Stadium
Houston, Texas
Capacity22,039
OwnerGabriel Brener
Oscar De La Hoya
Jake Silverstein
James Harden
Ben Guill
PresidentJohn Walker
Head CoachJames Clarkson
LeagueNational Women's Soccer League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

The Houston Dash is a professional women's soccer team based in Houston, Texas. They joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the 2014 season.

History

Establishment

On November 19, 2013, the Houston Dynamo began talks in the initial stages with the intention of bringing a top flight women's professional soccer franchise to Houston.[1] Just a week later, the effort was bolstered when the Dynamo began accepting refundable deposits for a potential NWSL expansion team.[2] On December 11, 2013, the National Women's Soccer League awarded the Houston Dynamo and the city of Houston an expansion franchise.[3]

Team name, crest, and colors unveiled

During a press conference on December 12, 2013, Houston Dynamo President Chris Canetti announced that the club would be named the Houston Dash and would share similar colors to the Dynamo: orange, black, and sky blue.[4] The crest features a soccer ball along with the words "Houston Dash" with sky blue lines in the background.[5] The name Dash refers to the fast running speed of a horse, which is a historical mode of transportation for Texans in the 1800s.[5]

Ownership and team management

Houston Dash is owned by the same ownership group as the Dynamo, Gabriel Brener, Jake Silverstein, Ben Guill, multiple World and Olympic boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya, and Houston Rockets star and NBA MVP James Harden[6]

On December 23, 2013, Former Houston Dynamo player Brian Ching was named Managing Director, in charge of day-to-day duties on both the business and technical sides of under the supervision of Houston Dash and Dynamo team president Chris Canetti.[7]

On January 3, 2014, Randy Waldrum was named as the Dash's first head coach, having previously coached the Notre Dame Fighting Irish women's soccer team to two national titles since joining the team in 1999.[8]

On May 29, 2017, Randy Waldrum and Houston Dash agreed to part ways. Assistant coach Omar Morales was named interim coach.[9]

On November 27, 2017 Vera Pauw was hired as the new head coach.[10] On September 20, 2018 Vera Pauw departed from the club.[11]

On December 11, 2018, James Clarkson was hired as the new head coach.[12]

BBVA Stadium is the current home of the Houston Dash and Dynamo.

Stadium

The Dash play their games at BBVA Stadium, a stadium opened in May 2012, that features a 22,039-seat capacity. For the team's inaugural season, 7,000 seats in the lower seating bowl are available for home games.[13] When the stadium opened in 2012, it became the first soccer-specific stadium in Major League Soccer located in a city's downtown district.[14]

First team squad

As of August 21, 2019.[15]

Head coach history

Name Tenure
Randy Waldrum January 3, 2014 - May 29, 2017
Omar Morales (interim) May 29, 2017 - November 27, 2017
Vera Pauw November 27, 2017 - September 20, 2018
James Clarkson December 11, 2018 - present

Staff

As of August 12, 2019
Executive
Owner Gabriel Brener
Oscar De La Hoya
Ben Guill
James Harden
Jake Silverstein
President of Business Operations John Walker
Coaching Staff
Head coach England James Clarkson
Assistant coach United States Eddie Robinson
Assistant coach Mexico Mónica González
Assistant coach United States Twila Kaufman
Goalkeeping coach United States Brenton Saylor

[16]

Seasons

Season NWSL regular season Position NWSL
Playoffs
P W L D GF GA Pts
2014 24 5 16 3 23 44 18 9th DNQ
2015 20 6 8 6 21 26 24 5th DNQ
2016 20 6 10 4 29 29 22 8th DNQ
2017 24 7 14 3 23 39 24 8th DNQ
2018 24 9 10 5 35 39 32 6th DNQ
2019 24 7 12 5 21 36 26 7th DNQ

DNQ = Did not qualify

Broadcasting

As of the 2017 season, Dash games are streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers.[17] As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons.[18][19] For the 2017 season, the Dash will be featured in five nationally broadcast Lifetime NWSL Game of the Week broadcasts on May 6, May 3, and September 23, 2017.[20]

During the 2014 season, games were broadcast locally on CSN TV in Houston.[21]

See also

References

  1. ^ de Jesus Ortiz, Jose (November 19, 2013). "Dynamo pursue expansion franchise in women's league". The Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2013.
  2. ^ Farley, Richard (November 21, 2013). "Houston Dynamo accepting refundable deposits for potential NWSL expansion team, and why it's a no-brainer for the league". NBC Sports. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ Berman, Mark (December 11, 2013). "Houston and Dynamo land National Women's Soccer League team". KRIV. Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  4. ^ Lovell, Darrell (December 13, 2013). "Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti: Houston Dash's formation "will make soccer stronger"". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ a b "Houston Dynamo launch Houston Dash as expansion member of National Women's Soccer League". Houston Dynamo. December 12, 2013. Retrieved 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ De La Hoya on the way to Dynamo[permanent dead link], HoustonDynamo.com, February 26, 2008
  7. ^ Brian Ching named Houston Dash managing director, Houston Dash Communications, December 23, 2013
  8. ^ Dash hire highly-acclaimed coach from Notre Dame to be their first head coach Archived January 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, My FOX Houston, January 3, 2014
  9. ^ Purdy, Jacqueline. "Houston Dash, Randy Waldrum part ways". NWSL. Retrieved 2017.
  10. ^ "Dash hire Dutch legend Vera Pauw as head coach". chron.com. November 27, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  11. ^ https://www.houstondynamo.com/post/2018/09/20/houston-dash-coach-vera-pauw-departs-club-return-holland
  12. ^ "Houston Dash name James Clarkson as head coach". houstondynamo.com. December 11, 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  13. ^ Lauletta, Dan (December 12, 2013). "It's official -- Houston Dash to join NWSL for 2014". Equalizer Soccer. Retrieved 2013.
  14. ^ Major League Soccer, L.L.C. "Dynamo Stadium 2012". Houston Dynamo. Archived from the original on May 30, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  15. ^ "Dash Players". Houston Dynamo. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ https://www.houstondynamo.com/houstondash/staff
  17. ^ "NWSL, go90 announce exclusive streaming partnership". Black and Red United (SBNation). Vox Media. Retrieved 2017.
  18. ^ "Lifetime To Air National Women's Soccer League Games As A+E Networks Kicks In For Equity Stake". Deadline.com. Retrieved 2017.
  19. ^ "A+E Networks, National Women's Soccer League Ink Major Deal". Variety. Retrieved 2017.
  20. ^ "Houston Dash to host three nationally televised games in 2017". Houston Dynamo. March 30, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  21. ^ "Houston Dash unveil local television broadcast schedule". Houston Dynamo. March 17, 2014. Retrieved 2017.

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