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Match Preview: Gotham FC Kick Off Short Week with Midweek Match at Houston Dash

HARRISON, NJ  – NJ/NY Gotham FC hits the road for back-to-back away games this week, with the club’s first stop at the Houston Dash on Wednesday night at Shell Energy Stadium (8 p.m. ET, NWSL+). Wednesday’s match will be the first time the two sides have squared off this season.
 
Gotham FC is looking to build off its first home win of the season on Saturday night, when the club defeated the North Carolina Courage 1-0. Forward Lynn Williams scored the game’s lone goal in the 11th minute with a clinical finish in the top corner after a missed clearance from the Courage’s defense. The goal also marked the 300th goal in all competitions in club history. 
 
After a four-hour weather delay on Sunday night, Houston played to a 1-1 draw against the Kansas City Current. The Dash went down a goal early in the first half, but forward Amanda West found the equalizer in the 71st minute after a turnover by the Current. 
 
The last time the two sides met was October 1, 2023 at Red Bull Arena. Gotham FC fell 2-0 against the Dash. Houston forward Michelle Alozie recorded a brace in the match. Despite the loss late in the season, Gotham FC still had the opportunity to clinch a playoff spot, which eventually led to the team’s historic playoff run and capturing the 2023 NWSL Championship title. 
 
Key Notes

  • Forward Lynn Williams is one goal short of tying Sam Kerr’s record for most goals in all NWSL competitions. Portland Thorns forward Christine Sinclair (76) is also closing in on Kerr.
  • On Saturday, Wiliams extended her league record with her 20th regular season game-winning goal against the Courage.
  • Dating back to the beginning of August last year, six of Gotham FC’s seven wins in all competitions have been shutouts, including its 1-0 win over the Courage on Saturday. Gotham’s record when keeping a clean sheet in that time is 6-0-1 compared to 1-6-5 when allowing a goal.
  • Five players have scored eight or more goals against the Houston Dash in all NWSL competitions. Two of them, Williams (9) and forward Crystal Dunn (8), play for Gotham FC.
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