“We are very excited for our home opener and to be able to play in front of our fans, family and supporters’ group,” said Denise Reddy, Sky Blue’s head coach. “We are in no way satisfied with our last performance and can guarantee a different energy on Saturday.”
The performance referenced by Reddy was her team’s 2-0 season-opening loss on the road to the Washington Spirit.
Houston and Sky Blue have met 13 times with the Blues holding a 6-4-3 advantage. Their best series against the Dash came in 2017 when the New Jersey side took two wins (3-1 and 2-1) in two meetings.
Midfielder Sarah Killion scored in both games, with each goal coming from the penalty spot. Raquel Rodriguez made the scoresheet along with Killion in the second contest.
The Dash opened the season with a 1-1 draw against Reign FC at home. Houston got a goal from Nichelle Prince in the 10th minute of play before allowing the Reign to level the game in the second half.
In addition to Prince, Houston boasts several key returnees from 2018, including defender Amber Brooks, midfielder Sofia Huerta, and forwards Rachel Daly, Kealia Ohai, and Veronica Latsko.
After Saturday’s match-up, Sky Blue FC takes on the Portland Thorns on Sunday, May 28, at 6 p.m. ET at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, N.J. Sky Blue will then head south to play the North Carolina Courage Saturday, May 4, at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary, N.C.