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Houston, this definitely is not the same old Dash

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Shea Groom could be heard screaming over the real-life Fourth of July fireworks surrounding Zions Bank Stadium, and the fake crowd noise being pumped into the TV broadcast, following her emphatic goal to put the Houston Dash ahead of OL Reign, 2-0 on Saturday. If it weren’t clear already, the Dash were announcing their new and improved selves, and Groom’s goal was the kind of red-carpet arrival which might not soon be forgotten.

Houston entered this 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup as one of several teams surrounded by a lot of questions. The Dash made shrewd offseason additions, from Megan Oyster and Katie Naughton in the back, to Katie Stengel and Groom in the attack. None of those were blockbuster deals. And, after all, they were still the Dash — or so some of the thinking went.

Two games into the Challenge Cup, the Dash have been the most entertaining team to watch.

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