Houston Dash has announced their 20 player squad for the 2017 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season on Monday. They begin play on Saturday in a home match against the Chicago Red Stars.
The one thing that fans were looking to was which of the three goalkeepers would be left off of the 20 player squad. In the end it was Bianca Henninger who was the unlucky player excluded as Australian Lydia Williams and new USA international Jane Campbell were chosen ahead of Henninger, who had played 20 times for Dash since their inception, especially when Williams was away on Australia duty.
Sarah Hagen has joined the club as she was waived by Orlando Pride on the 6th, after playing 17 matches and scoring twice. That allowed Dynamo to pick her up and add some needed depth up front, especially in the absence of Carli Lloyd for much of the season.
There are four federation players assigned to the Dash in Lloyd and her fellow USA midfielder Morgan Brian. The two Canadian federation players in the squad are Janine Beckie and Nichelle Prince who were both part of the bronze medal winning Canadian side from Rio 2016.
There are three Brazilian players in the squad in defenders Bruna Benites and Poliana as well as midfielder Andressa. Denise O’Sullivan remains, along with Rachel Daly representing Ireland and England respectively while Janine Van Wyk is interestingly listed as English despite being South African.
Houston Dash have gone for a top-heavy roster with seven players listed as ‘forwards’ but that is likely only a designation rather than where all seven of those players would be playing on the pitch. Just six players are listed as defenders but with a 20 player squad it is hard to strike a perfect balance.