The Tournament of Nations got underway on Thursday night in Seattle, with five players from Houston Dash in action through the two matches.
Bruna Benites and Andressinha both saw time for Brazil in their 1-1 draw with Japan to kick off the tournament in an exciting match. Benites came on at half-time and saw 45 minutes of action, while Andressinha played the full 90.
Andressinha could well have opened the scoring for Brazil right at the end of the first half as she hit a powerful shot which beat AyakaYamashita but went just wide of goal.
The second match featured three more Dash players with Carli Lloyd and Morgan Brian coming on as second half substitutes for the United States. Lydia Williams also played the entire match for Australia in goal asthe Matildas recorded their first ever win over the United States, claiming a 1-0win over the world champions to go top of the standings of the tournament.
Williams was one of the stars of the match as she made three strong saves against the Americans to keep Australia in the match. One of those saves was an All Dash battle as Lloyd found space just outside of the area andran to the top of the box. That allowed her to shoot but Williams stretched outto make the save, earning her 25th clean sheet for the Matildas.
The Tournament of Nations will continue on Sunday in San Diego with an all Asian matchup between Australia and Japan before the United States takes on Brazil in a match that could feature five Dash players.