The Houston Dash dropped crucial points Friday night at BBVA Compass Stadium against the Orlando Pride, conceding an 81st minute winner to Kristen Edmonds. It was the second win in as many games for the expansion Pride over Houston.
The Dash wasted a strong performance at the back and in the midfield, where Morgan Brian, Andressa and Denise O’Sullivan started slow but largely dominated the Pride midfield over the final seventy minutes of the match. Despite controlling large stretches of the game, the Dash were once again unable to find the right connection of passes and movement off the ball to breakdown an opposing defense. The end result was the third game without scoring in their last four performances.
The result leaves the Dash bottom three in the table and facing what is bordering on a must win match next week against Washington. With the Pride taking six points off of them so far this season, the Dash cannot allow the Spirit to do the same. Both teams will be without their U.S. Women’s National Team players for that match. The USWNT will meet for a camp ahead of their June friendlies on May 27th, the same day the Dash play Washington. All other national teams players will play for their NWSL teams and join up with their national teams on Monday.
Yumi Yokoyama scored in stoppage time to give Japan a 3-3 tie with the United States on Thursday night in a rematch of the Americans' victory last year in the Women's World Cup final.
Orlando Pride captian Alex Morgan scored twice, and Lindsey Horan added a goal to help the United States overcome a 2-0 deficit.
Mana Iwabuchi and Yuki Ogimi also scored for Japan. Japan was reduced to 10 players when Ogimi received a second yellow card and was ejected in the 57th minute.
Japan, which did not qualify for the Rio Olympics, took an early 2-0 lead. Iwabuchi ended Solo's shutout streak when she maneuvered around defensemen Emily Sonnett and Becky Sauerbrunn and curled a shot into the top left corner in the 14th minute.
The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 2-0 on goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan in front of 23,535 fans – a record attendance for a WNT game in the State of Ohio – in a match that was abandoned in the 76th minute due to inclement weather.
After a thrilling 3-3 draw last Thursday in the teams’ first meeting since the historic 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, the USA put in a dominant performance in the second leg of this two-game set, controlling large swaths of the game and generating numerous goal scoring opportunities while holding firm defensively. The USA held Japan to just two shots on goal.
Johnston scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 27th minute with her eighth career goal, all of set plays, before Morgan capped things off in the 62nd with her team leading 11th goal of 2016.
With the U.S. in control of the match, both teams began introducing numerous second half substitutions, but after playing almost the entire match under sunny skies, the weather abruptly took a turn for the worse and in the 76th minute the match officials were forced to send the players back to the locker room due to lightning and heavy rain. After a long delay, and with more bad weather rolling in, the matched was called off.
The U.S. WNT's two-game series vs. Japan in early June featured fantastic goals, late game drama and a bit of inclement weather, but that didn't stop the fans from enjoying two excellent matches between two of the world's best teams.