Connect with us

Analysis

The Dash’s road to the NWSL Challenge Cup title started from the back
Extra

Photo Copyright Lucas Muller

James Clarkson summed it up succinctly as he sat at the podium drenched in Budweiser after the Houston Dash defeated the Chicago Red Stars, 2-0 to win the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup on Sunday. The Dash were the only team in the tournament to consistently start a center-back pairing comprised of two players acquired in the offseason.

“We brought those two center backs in, Meg and Katie, for a specific reason,” the Dash head coach said. “We conceded too many goals last year and we needed to get better.”

Meg and Katie, of course, are Oyster and Naughton, respectively. They were acquired in separate trades over the winter, with Oyster coming from OL Reign and Naughton from, of all teams, the Red Stars. They made an excellent pairing throughout the Challenge Cup, with Ally Prisock making an appearance in the semifinal when Oyster was forced out with fractured ribs — which she played through in the final.

Continue reading…


The entire article is accessible only to members of The Equalizer Extra. Already a member? Awesome! Please sign in below. If not, you can sign up below.

Sign in to your account.

CLICK TO SIGN UP

Access the best women’s soccer coverage all year long
Start your FREE, 7-day trial of The Equalizer Extra for industry-leading reporting and insight on the USWNT, NWSL and beyond.
Comments

Your account

MORE EXTRA

More in Analysis