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NWSL Preview: Kansas City Current (6-10-0) at Houston Dash (4-5-7)

Shell Energy Stadium | Houston, Texas – Saturday, August 26 at 8:30 PM ET

Players to watch:

Houston attacker María Sánchez has been involved in more than half of Houston’s goals in all NWSL competitions in 2023 (8/15 – 4 goals, 4 assists). Sánchez joins Portland’s Morgan Weaver and Sophia Smith and San Diego’s Alex Morgan as the only NWSL players with at least four goals and four assists in 2023 in all competitions.

Kansas City forward Cece Kizer scored the lone goal in Kansas City’s 1-0 win over OL Reign for her seventh goal in all competitions this season. Kizer is one of just three players with at least seven goals in each of the last three seasons in NWSL competitions alongside Washington’s Ashley Hatch and Portland’s Sophia Smith.

Match facts: The Houston Dash battle the Kansas City Current at Shell Energy Stadium in the lone match of Saturday’s action, with both sides aiming to inch closer to a playoff position approaching the final two months of the regular season. Currently, Houston are in 9th place with 19 points from 16 games played, while Kansas City has 18 points from 16 games played and sit in 11th place.

Houston earned a 1-1 draw with the Washington Spirit when María Sánchez scored at 90:30 to tie the match. It was the latest game-tying goal in Dash history across all NWSL competitions, but Houston are winless in the regular season since June 4, a streak that spans six games.

In their 1-0 win over the Reign, Kansas City set franchise records across all competitions for successful passes (423) and pass attempts (514). The 82.3% passing accuracy was the second highest in team history, only best by the 85.2% the team had earlier this month against Louisville in Challenge Cup play.

The Current are unbeaten in five all-time road games against the Dash (W4 D1), having scored multiple goals in all those matches. Only two NWSL teams have ever scored two or more goals in six straight away games against one opponent (North Carolina at Orlando 2018-22, WNY Flash at Boston 2013-16).

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