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Rachel Daly scores two goals in emotional return to NWSL


The Houston Dash’s Rachel Daly returned to the pitch for the first time since her father’s passing on Wednesday, scoring a brace to lead the team to a 3-2 win over the Portland Thorns.

“It’s been a really tough period of time for her,” Dash coach James Clarkson said postgame, acknowledging that what’s been happening in the league this past week combined with the loss of Daly’s father has been a lot.

“She’s a warrior, a fighter, an unbelievable football player. Fantastic goal.”

Daly later posted in remembrance of her father.