It was just over a month ago that Houstonians found out that women’s soccer would be taking the pitch in the Bayou City with the official unveiling of the Houston Dash.
The Dash will be playing in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and join as the ninth team in the league, and the first expansion team. They are to be operated by the Dynamo, which will make them the second team in the league to be operated by an MLS counterpart, the Portland Thorns are run by the Portland Timbers.
This is what has happened in the month since the announcement:
• Randy Waldrum was named the first head coach in Dash history. Waldrum was head coach of the Notre Dame’s women’s soccer team since 1999 and won two national championships in 2004 and 2010.
• Brian Ching decided that retirement wasn’t for him and was appointed as managing director for the Dash.
• The Dash selected 10 players in the expansion draft, taking midfielder Brittany Bock from SkyBlue FC as the first pick in Dash history. Bock played under Waldrum at Notre Dame from 2006-2008 and was captain as she led her team to three straight Women’s College Cup appearances.
With all that’s been happening on and off the field in the past month it’s been made clear that this team is serious about asserting itself in Houston sports culture and getting off to a great start in the team’s inaugural season.
“I am extremely excited about the players we acquired in today’s expansion draft. We got every player we wanted, which is highly unusual. It’s a great blend of positional needs that we have, of youth and athleticism that we want, as well as high character women who will be great role models in our community.” -Dash Head Coach Randy Waldrum
The Dash will continue to add to their roster during the four rounds of the NWSL College Draft, on January 17th. They have the second overall pick, as well as the first pick in the second, third and fourth rounds.