This is a 2015 season in which all the NWSL clubs will play only 20 games instead of 24 matches because of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada this June.
One goal of the 2015 Dash was to improve on the 5-16-3 last place finish during their maiden NWSL campaign, in which an expansion team put together in only 90 days was competitive in many of the matches they eventually lost.
Another goal of the Dash was to improve the quality of players on the team. They added Team USA veteran Carli Lloyd along with Morgan Brian and Irish national team forward Stephanie Roche in the off season to their retooled lineup that also includes Canadian national team members Erin McLeod and Lauren Sesselmann
They opened at BBVA Compass Stadium with a 2-0 win over the Washington Spirit, who were a 2014 NWSL playoff team. Carli Lloyd didn’t waste any time in her Dash debut, scoring the team’s opening goal in first half extra time in the win over the Spirit.
They traveled to New Jersey to take on Sky Blue FC and came from behind to get a 1-1 draw.
This season is off to a great start, and let’s hope they can keep it up when they travel to Boston on April 26 to take on the Breakers.