Kelley O’Hara won’t play for Sky Blue FC Saturday due to an excused absence. (Amdy Mead/YCJ Photo)
As one player with extensive international experience with the U.S. national team is ready to return to action, another one will be missed this week when Sky Blue FC hits the road for the fourth time in five weeks this young National Women’s Soccer League season Saturday.
Former U.S. national team captain and defender Christie Pearce is expected to be included in the Sky Blue FC lineup against the host Houston Dash. She had missed the last two weeks due to a concussion protocol, as per league regulations.
Kelley O’Hara, who has performed at forward this season, will miss the match due to an excused absence. The club did not say the reason for O’Hara absence.
More help, however, is on the way.
Costa Rican international Raquel Rodriguez, who missed last weekend’s 4-3 loss to the Washington Spirit, due to her graduation at Penn State University, and Daphne Corboz, who was in England taking an entrance exam for medical school, are available.
Sky Blue FC (1-2-1, 4 points) will travel to BBVA Compass Stadium to face the Dash (2-2-0, 6 points) in the NWSL on Lifetime Game of the Week at 4 p.m. Saturday.
“We are very eager to get on the field this weekend in Houston,” Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly said. “After a disappointing result last week in Washington, it was essential that we put it behind us and get refocused. We had a good week of training and are feeling confident ahead of what will be a difficult game against a dangerous opponent.”
The Jersey side enters Houston for the first set of a home-and-home series.
Last week midfielder Sarah Killion paced the Sky Blue FC attack with two goals, while O’Hara added a goal and assist. Washington was led by a forward Francisca Ordega, who registered two goals and an assist.
Houston enters the match on the heels of a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Chicago Red Stars, the first of three consecutive appearances for the Dash on the game of the week.
In their last seven meetings, Sky Blue FC is unbeaten against Houston at 4-0-3 and allowing three goals.
Sky Blue FC will return home to Yurcak Field to host Houston Saturday, May 20 at 4 p.m. in another game of the week.