Not to say “I told you so,” but, well, I did say the Dash were the team to watch this season! They roared into 2015 with a 2-0 victory over the Washington Spirit. The combination play between Jessica McDonald, Kelia Ohai, Morgan Brian, and Carli Lloyd was a joy to watch, and Ella Massar’s move to the backline yielded a bunch of sass and one yellow card while Niki Cross managed to calmy hold it down in the center. Both goals were things of beauty, and the ones that *didn’t* go in because of rusty finishing could just as easily have made the scoreline a massacre. The Dash will likely suffer more than most without their national team members during the World Cup, but once that is out of the way, with a little time to gel, they could be contenders deep into the season.
The Spirit have a few questions to answer going into the season. They’re as spunky as ever, but they don’t have a clear target forward, and there will continue to be doubts about the solidity of their backline. The Dash just had the better of them today.
Heart attack of the year
Already, first game of the season, and I think it’s safe to say I’ve had the scariest moment of the year. You never want to see a player strapped to a stretcher. Especially when it’s Ali Krieger. Especially with just a few short months to the World Cup. Especially when you have to watch the fear in Ashlyn Harris‘ eyes as she walked her off the field. Thankfully Krieger should be able to come back from her mild concussion relatively quickly, and shouldn’t miss out on her chance to play for the country.
Congrats to the Dash, and here’s to the opening of the 2015 NWSL season!