Friday brought a little bit of old and a little bit of new for the Houston Dash. The old was undoubtedly the officiating which they feel has targeted them for years (they have a case, although other teams do, too). The new? Playing in a knockout match at all.
Over six years after stepping on the field for the first time as a National Women’s Soccer League franchise, the Houston Dash played in a single-elimination game on Friday at the NWSL Challenge Cup in Utah. It wasn’t the playoffs after a long season, as they would have liked, but it was a quarterfinal nonetheless and a result — technically a scoreless draw, with the Dash advancing 3-2 in a penalty-kick shootout — which is the most meaningful in the history of a franchise which has been plagued by missteps and inconsistencies.
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