HARRISON, N.J. — NJ/NY Gotham FC will begin its quest for the National Women’s Soccer League title when it hosts the Houston Dash at Red Bull Arena Saturday at 7 p.m.

The match will be available for streaming on Paramount+ and Twitch (international).

With the preseason and the Challenge Cup in the books, Gotham FC turns its attention to the regular season. After a highly anticipated wait, made even longer by the pandemic, Gotham FC finally will an opportunity gets to play at RBA.

After losing to the Portland Timbers 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup Championship last week, Gotham FC is primed to kick off the season on the right foot.

“There is an energy amongst the players that they want to keep achieving,” Gotham FC head coach Freya Coombe said. “For us, just not settling on the fact that we did well in the Challenge Cup. That’s not enough for us. It’s certainly not enough for the coaching staff. It’s not enough for the players. It’s not enough for the organization. For us to now continue to drive and use that momentum is really important and I think it helps set those higher standards for the training environment and what we can go on to achieve. It’s just the beginning.”

Gotham FC began its Challenge Cup run on a high by winning its first two games, but saw its offensive production decline in the final two group matches. Gotham FC rallied behind the defensive performance of goalkeeper DiDi Haracic, who finished with three shutouts and first in saves (20). She recently nabbed NWSL save of the week honors for her fingertip save against a Christine Sinclair shot.

Despite the loss in sudden death penalty kicks in the Challenge Cup Final, Gotham FC extended its unbeaten streak, the second longest streak for the club.

Winners of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, the Dash finished third in the Western Division after compiling a 1-0-3 record. The Dash was one of three teams to finish the tournament unbeaten.

The visitors entered the series their draws in its first two matches and it took the third match for the goals to start pouring in. Their main attack has been midfielder Kristie Mewis, who ranked as the fourth highest scorer in the competition with two goals and has scored (three) or assisted (five) on eight of the Dash’s last 10 goals going back to last season’s Fall Series. Midfielder Shea Groom and forward Rachel Daly helped round out the attack with a goal apiece.