The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced the opening matches of the season with Houston Dash opening their season on April 15th. The Dash will play Chicago Fire at 2pm at BBVA Compass Stadium on that Saturday.
That match forms part of the first ever Houston Dynamo/Dash double header, hence the earlier kick-off time of 2pm. It will be the second straight season that Houston Dash opens the season against Chicago Red Stars whom they defeated in the 2016 season opener 3-1.
It is only nominally a double header as the Houston Dynamo organization has decided to hold each match as a completely separate match. That means fans wanting to go to both matches will need to purchase two tickets and will be forced to leave the stadium between the two matches, an odd decision from the management, that seems certain to lead to frustration and limit the exposure the Dash would have from being a true double header with the match against Minnesota United.
Houston Dash is yet to lose a home opener, and will be coming in feeling like they can defeat Chicago Red Stars. They will be hoping for Carli Lloyd to return in form after her stint in England with Manchester City.
After a disappointing 2016 season, Dash will be hoping to make the playoffs for the first time in club history. With that the Dash have made two significant additions from overseas with South African captain Janine Van Wyk and Brazilian Bruna Benites to strengthen their squad. The second match in the day will also give fans their first opportunity to see Minnesota United in Houston with United making their first Major League Soccer appearance in Texas.