Delayed by the impact of NWSL’s recently announced partnership with A+E Networks, the full 2017 NWSL regular season schedule was announced today, less than six weeks before the start of the league’s fifth season. Each team will play 24 games (up from 20 games played in 2015 and 2016) — 12 home and 12 away.
Dates for home openers for all clubs were released last week. The Houston Dash will open its fourth season at home against the Chicago Red Stars on Saturday, April 15. The game will kick off at 1 pm. The Houston Dynamo host Minnesota United that night at 7:30 pm, but the two games will be separately ticketed events.
Based on the scheduled kickoff times, it appears that three of Houston’s home games will be broadcast live on Lifetime TV during the weekly Saturday 3 pm slot: May 13 vs. Sky Blue, May 27 vs. Seattle Reign and September 23 vs. Chicago Red Stars. No details have been released yet regarding streaming options for other games.
The unbalanced schedule means that the Dash will face some opponents three times and others only twice. This is a change from last year’s format when all teams played home and away series, playing just one opponent in two extra games (Houston played Orlando Pride four times last season). Here is Houston’s opponent breakdown for 2017, including regular-season finish of each club:
|Two home games, one away|
|One home game, two away|
|Home & away only
There are two FIFA international windows during the regular season, in June and in September; no games will be played during these windows. The US women’s national team has a friendly scheduled against Norway on June 11, and one more game to be confirmed during that time period. Friendlies will likely be scheduled for the September window as well.
NWSL preseason trainings begins Monday, March 13. The Dash will play in at least five preseason matches before the regular season begins.
Houston Dash 2017 regular season schedule
Home games in orange bold
|Date||Kickoff (CT)||Opponent||Venue or City|
|Sat April 15||1:00 PM||Chicago Red Stars||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sat April 22||9:00 PM||Seattle Reign||Seattle, WA|
|Sat April 29||6:00 PM||Washington Spirit||Boyds, MD|
|Sat May 6||3:00 PM||Chicago Red Stars||Bridgeview, IL|
|Sat May 13||3:00 PM||Sky Blue FC||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sat May 20||3:00 PM||Sky Blue FC||Piscataway, NJ|
|Sat May 27||3:00 PM||Seattle Reign||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sat June 3||6:00 PM||Washington Spirit||Boyds, MD|
|FIFA international break|
|Sat June 17||7:30 PM||Orlando Pride||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sat June 24||3:00 PM||Orlando Pride||Orlando, FL|
|Wed June 28||7:30 PM||Boston Breakers||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sun July 2||7:00 PM||FC Kansas City||Kansas City, MO|
|Sat July 8||7:30 PM||Portland Thorns FC||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sat July 15||7:30 PM||Washington Spirit||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sat July 22||7:30 PM||Boston Breakers||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sat Aug 5||3:00 PM||Portland Thorns FC||Portland, OR|
|Sun Aug 13||7:30 PM||FC Kansas City||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Wed Aug 16||6:30 PM||Boston Breakers||Boston, MA|
|Sat Aug 19||9:00 PM||Portland Thorns||Portland, OR|
|Sun Aug 27||7:00 PM||North Carolina Courage||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sun Sept 3||7:00 PM||Seattle Reign||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Sat Sept 9||6:30 PM||North Carolina Courage||Cary, NC|
|FIFA international break|
|Sat Sept 23||3:00 PM||Chicago Red Stars||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Fri Sept 29||7:00 PM||FC Kansas City||Kansas City, MO|