Game: Houston Dash vs. Club Tigres de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León Femenil
Date: Sunday, September 19th
Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Central, 4:00 p.m. Pacific, 11:00 p.m. UTC
Venue: BBVA Stadium (Houston, Tex.)
Television: United States - KTBU Quest Texas 55 (Houston market)
All-time record: The clubs have only met once before, when Tigres beat Houston 2-1 at El Volcán in 2019.
It’s difficult to tell how clubs in North America stack up against one another. Without a Concacaf Women’s Champions League and the Women’s International Champions Cup sticking to a United-States-against-Europe format, the best we can hope for are ad hoc friendlies between teams. This one might be one of the best, as the NWSL’s Houston Dash host Tigres Femenil.
The Dash are struggling a bit this season, currently sitting in seventh place in the NWSL. They’ve picked up two straight draws, getting identical 1-1 ties against the Orlando Pride and Chicago Red Stars. They’ll also be missing six players out on international duty, with Jane Campbell, Kristie Mewis, and Abby Dahlkemper joining the USWNT, Rachel Daly joining England, Michelle Alozie joining Nigeria, and Andrea Hauksdóttir joining Iceland. They’ll still have key players like Shea Groom, Nichelle Prince, and Christine Nairn, who is retiring after the match to join the Houston Fire Department.
Tigres meanwhile will be missing just three players, with Nancy Antonio, Cristina Ferral, and former Dash loanee María Sánchez with the Mexican National Team. They will still come in with players like Jackie Ovalle, Stephany Mayor, Belén Cruz, and Katty Martínez, who is tied with Chivas’ Licha Cervantes for the league lead with eleven goals. They also haven’t lost in their last 30 games, dating back to the second week of last season, and are a perfect 9-0-0 so far this season.
While it’s no substitute for a Women’s CCL, these friendlies are both a way to see how the leagues and teams measure up against one another as well as building and strengthening cultural bonds between the clubs and countries.