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Houston Dash clinch first NWSL playoff berth in club history

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The Houston Dash are heading to the postseason, with the club clinching its first-ever playoff berth behind the San Diego Wave and North Carolina Courage’s Friday night draw.

“We are absolutely thrilled to clinch our spot in the 2022 playoffs,” Houston Dash president Jessica O’Neill said in a statement. “Beyond the undeniable talent of this team, there is an abundance of resilience, character and grit. The Dash embody the spirit of Houston, a city full of energy and personality. We are honored to hold it down for H-Town in our quest for greatness.”

Houston’s 9-6-6 regular season has been buoyed by a dominant showing from Ebony Salmon, who has logged nine goals since being traded to the team from Racing Louisville in June.

A staggering six of the club’s nine wins have come on the road, which may help the Dash, who will likely travel for their first playoff meeting.

Friday’s scoreless draw between the Wave and Courage had other playoff implications as well, with Angel City almost certainly mathematically eliminated from postseason contention and San Diego officially out of the NWSL Shield race.

All eyes will be on Chicago’s Sunday night matchup against ACFC, with the Red Stars able to clinch a playoff spot with a win. If Chicago registers a draw or a loss, North Carolina advances to the postseason.

Kick-off between the Red Stars and Angel City is set for Sunday at 6 pm ET on Paramount+.