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New Houston Dash head coach Vera Pauw on the NWSL and her new team (USA)

As previously reported by VAVEL USA yesterday, the Houston Dash have named a new head coach in Vera Pauw. The Dash have been without a head coach since May when they parted ways with Randy Waldrum, who head coach for the club since its beginning in 2014. Omar Morales stepped in as interim coach for the remainder of the 2017 season.

With the hiring of Pauw, she becomes the third female head coach in the National Women’s Soccer League. She joins the ranks of Laura Harvey, who after coaching the Seattle Reign for five seasons is now with the new club Real Salt Lake (named to be determined this week) and Denise Reddy, who has recently been hired as head coach for Sky Blue FC.

Pauw’s most recent experience comes from being head coach of the South Africa National Team, where Dash defender Janine Van Wyk was first coached by Vera Pauw. After the 2016 Rio Olympics she resigned, but her coachign efforts were noticed and she was shortlisted for the FIFA Best Coach of the Year award in 2016.


Vera Pauw on all things Houston Dash

I’m very excited because first of all this club is connected to Major League Soccer, to the (Houston) Dynamo, and this stadium is something, it’s just a dream come true isn’t it? To be able to be coach and play in facilities like these…” Pauw said about BBVA Compass Stadium, home of the Dash and Dynamo.

On the NWSL itself: “…the league is so competitive and I am so excited to have a team to always be at their best to get results, and there’s no other team in the league that can put less effort in to be able to win. So, it is a special league, it is organized by the association and I know there are also downsides to that, but especially the biggest advantage is that the teams are competitive. The association takes care of more or less the best level with the best players we can get and the opportunity to build on the quality and bring in the players that you miss. It is exciting, it is the league with the best players in the world divided over teams is something else than in Europe where few teams have all of the players and they play in leagues where they win 10-0 or 12-0 on a weekly basis. So those clubs are less attractive to me than the place of the future. U.S. and soccer, that goes together with a bright future and a background of not being the first sport but building on to it…

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