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Preview: Kansas City NWSL face tough challenge hosting Houston

Kansas City have played well at home lately.

North Carolina Courage v Kansas City
Adrianna Franch will be key for Kansas City against Houston (and every match)
Photo by Amy Kontras/ISI Photos/Getty Images

Kansas City vs. Houston Dash

Legends Field | Kansas City, Kansas – Wednesday, October 13 at 8 PM ET

Who: Kansas City vs. Houston Dash

When: Wednesday, October 13 at 7 PM CT

Where: Legends Field | Kansas City, Kansas

Watch: Paramount+

Kansas City NWSL hosts the Houston Dash Wednesday evening in a match that was rescheduled from October 2nd. The Dash (9-7-5) are currently in 3rd place in the standings tied with the North Carolina Courage at 32 points and six points back from second place OL Reign.

Kansas City (2-12-6) are well out of playoffs in tenth with 12 points and a chance to catch Racing Louisville FC with 15.

The game was rescheduled after the news broke of coercion and abuse at the hands of a prominent coach and others.

The Dash have been on a roll, undefeated in their last five and multiple goal wins in their last three. Houston won 4-0, 3-2 and 4-1 in that streak. Rachel Daly, Kristie Mewis, Bri Visalli and Shea Groom have all been dangerous and showing up on the scoresheet for Houston.

Kansas City has been playing better, especially at home where they are undefeated in their last five with two victories and three draws. While Kansas City has been strong defensively recently at home, the three draws were all 0-0 matches. The two wins were 2-1 and 1-0 so not exactly high scoring even at home.

Availability:

Kansas City

OUT: Jordyn Listro (excused absence), Chloe Logarzo (right knee-SEI), Victoria Pickett (right ankle), Arielle Ship (right lower leg-SEI), Gabrielle Vincent (excused absence), Mallory Weber (right lower leg)

Houston

OUT: Deneisha Blackwood (left knee-SEI), Emily Ogle (right knee-SEI)

Outlook:

While Kansas City has been getting results at home, they have not all been pretty, and the lack of offense will make it difficult for Kansas City to get the victory. Houston is in form, healthy and motivated to get points and keep their place in the standings. Kansas City should up a good fight but the Dash should get all three points.