UTAH ROYALS AT HOUSTON DASH
At BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
Kickoff • Sunday, 6:30 p.m. MDT
Records • Royals 5-6-7, Dash 6-7-5
Last meeting • Royals 1, Dash 0, June 19 (at Rio Tinto Stadium).
About the Dash • They’re coming off a 1-0 win over the Washington Spirit. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell had nine saves to help cement the victory. ... The Dash back line is aggressive. Janine Van Wyk leads the NWSL in blocks (24), while Amber Brooks tops the league in interceptions (63). At the same time, the Dash as a team have yielded 28 goals. ... Rachel Daly is Houston’s scoring leader with seven goals this season. Kealiah Ohai has four goals and two assists.
About the Royals • They’ve been idle since July 20, owing to an international break. In that last outing, they dominated the North Carolina Courage but still had to settle for a scoreless draw. They remain the only NWSL team that is unbeaten against the league leaders ... Despite uneven play, Utah is still in the race for one of the NWSL’s final three playoff spots. The Royals will also need some help from other teams. ... The Royals remain one of the NWSL’s most punchless teams, with just 14 goals in their 18 games. Katie Stengel is the team leader with three.