FC Dallas U23 ECNL women’s team set to host NWSL Houston Dash
FRISCO, Texas – FC Dallas’ Elite Clubs National League Under-23 women’s team will host the National Women’s Soccer League’s newest professional team, the Houston Dash (Dynamo), at 7:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 21, at Roffino Stadium, 9750 Ferguson Rd.
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The Houston Dash begin their inaugural season on April 12 in the National Women’s Soccer League while the FC Dallas U23 ECNL team will begin its second season in the Elite Clubs National League Under-23 division in early June after finishing third in the nation in the 2013 season.
The friendly will pit father versus son as Randy Waldrum was named the Houston Dash’s first head coach on January 3 of this year. The Irving, Texas native is the father of FC Dallas U-23 ECNL head coach Ben Waldrum. Previously the head coach of the Notre Dame women’s soccer team, a position he held since 1999, the elder Waldrum compiled a 292-58-17 record and reached five national championship matches, winning NCAA Division I championships in 2004 and 2010. Ben Waldrum served on his father’s Notre Dame coaching staff as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2003 to 2008, helping guide Notre Dame to three college cups in five years and part of the 2004 NCAA championship. Ben Waldrum has been FC Dallas Youth’s affiliate director and ECNL staff coach since October 2012.
The FC Dallas ECNL side is mostly comprised of top college players from Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas, TCU, SMU, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and North Carolina. The team also features a few recent college standouts in University of Texas alumni Hannah Higgins and Kristen Cummins, as well as former Texas A&M standout Rachel Shipley.
There are several North Texas ties on the Houston Dash roster. The Dash picked up Mesquite native, Nikki Washington via a trade at the 2014 NWSL College Draft from the Portland Thorns. Houston with their second round draft pick in the 2014 NWSL College Draft selected Rowlett’s own Marissa Diggs from the University of Central Florida. Arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the women’s game is The Dash’s Erin McLeod, the Canadian international, who has played in two Olympic games and two Women’s World Cups for Canada, began her college soccer career at Southern Methodist University (2001-2002) before transferring to Penn State.