Waldrum: Dash “not built around any one player”

The Equalizer Staff February 15, 2017 21
Randy Waldrum says the Dash are not built around any one player. (Photo Copyright Patti Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Randy Waldrum says the Dash are not built around any one player. (Photo Copyright Patti Giobetti for The Equalizer)

Houston Dash head coach Randy Waldrum said that Carli Lloyd informed him over the weekend of her desire to pursue an opportunity with Manchester City Women who officially announced Lloyd on Wednesday. Waldrum said he wished Lloyd the best in her pursuit of a Champions League title in a press release from the club that stated she will return in June.

“I’m disappointed that she will not be with the team as we start the season, but I wished her all the best with her decision,” Waldrum said. “Our team is not built around any one player, so nothing will change with regards to our goals and expectations for our team.”

{OFFICIAL: Carli Lloyd signs short-term contract with Manchester City}

The Dash have yet to reach the playoffs since entering NWSL as an expansion side in 2014. They acquired Lloyd ahead of the 2015 season and while she has been productive–9 goals and 3 assists in 19 matches–she has played less than half of the Dash matches since joining the squad. In 2016, Lloyd hurt her knee in the second game of the season and did not play again until after the Olympics.

In an effort to crash into the top four, Waldrum acquired defenders Bruno and Janine Van Wyk in an effort to shore things up in back. They will also hope Kealia Ohai can be closer to her second half self than her first from last season. Ohai scored all 11 of her goals during the final 10 matches of the season.

Said Waldrum: “We have a great roster with many international and domestic stars such as Kealia Ohai, Morgan Brian, Andressa, Rachel Daly, Janine Beckie and Denise O’Sullivan, just to name a few, who are committed to preparing for the start of the Dash season and who are more than ready to get back on the pitch and begin our quest to win an NWSL title. I am excited about this team and look forward to working with the talented group that I’ll go into camp with.”

Manchester City Women’s season concludes June 3.

During Lloyd’s two seasons in Houston, the Dash are 8-8-3 when Lloyd plays and 4-10-7 when she does not.

  • guest

    “During Lloyd’s two seasons in Houston, the Dash are 8-8-3 when Lloyd plays and 4-10-7 when she does not.”
    so Houston’s record over the past 2 seasons is 12-18-10
    what responsibility does coach Waldrum take for that record?

    • Steglitz49

      Without relegation, no responsibility.

    • AlexH

      Presumably Carli was out when the rest of the WNT was out. So we can infer that Carli had a bigger impact than the other players did for their team.s

      • guest

        “Presumably Carli was out when the rest of the WNT was out …”
        not exactly
        Carli was injured in 2nd week of 2016 season and did not return until a couple of weeks after OG so she missed 5-7 more matches in 2016 than other USWNT players who were not dealing with injuries

    • Calci0

      How many of those also have Brian missing?

      • guest

        Brian , who injured her hamstring in preseason, still managed to start/play 13 matches for Houston in 2016 although it appeared that Brian was often limited/impacted by the hamstring.
        Carli only played 7 matches for Houston.
        Both Lloyd & Brian missed Houston matches for USWNT/OG prep and for the OG period.

    • Terry Lash

      Houston missed a bet by not dumping Waldrum after last season.

  • AlexH

    Well I have to admit that Waldrum has coachspeak down to an art. Just once I would like to hear a coach say, “We’re totally screwed” or “Good riddance we are better off without her!”

  • Ron Rocha

    Don’t hear much about how this might affect team chemistry, unity or spirit or is that not an issue in ‘pro’ sports.

    • mockmook

      Probably won’t effect the Dash at all (or maybe a net positive).

      Could muck with MCFC “chemistry”

      • Steglitz49


    • mockmook

      I should clarify: Probably won’t effect the HOU “chemistry” (but MIGHT negatively effect the team performance)

  • Dumfries

    I never thought Lloyd was a good fit with the style Waldrum said he wanted to play anyway. With Brian, Andressa, and Brooks that’s still a pretty strong midfield.

  • xanthophobe

    Morgan Brian hasn’t done much at the club level, but here’s her chance to really show what she’s capable of.

    • kernel_thai

      And this can be the silver lining. Lloyd is 36 and near the end while Brian is 24 and could star with the Dash for a long time. Brian has spent all of her pro/NT career playing further back. Hopefully she makes the most of this chance.

      • Steglitz49

        Bobby Moore played his career in the #6 shirt. He is usually described as a defender.

        Lyon has moved Saki Kumagai up from the backline into midfield but she still is a defensive MF.

      • JL

        Lloyd is 34.

    • newsouth

      they arent given away free hermann trophies at the club level. #over-rated.

      • xanthophobe

        disagree–I think she hasn’t been utilized in ways that allow her to play to her full potential. Plus, she hasn’t had a full NWSL season with NT duties so maybe she just needs one season to really settle in w/ Houston.

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