By David Wilfong
NDG Contributing Writer
While FCDW is not in the NWSL, its roster includes players from the national teams of Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago, and standout athletes from university programs. FC Dallas management believes the North Texas area is ripe with both fans and talent to produce a high quality program.
As part of the process of bringing the team up to speed, FCDW played host to the NWSL’s Houston Dash in a “friendly” played prior to the meet-up between FC Dallas and the Houston Dynamo. The game processed through periods of heavy downpours to a 3-0 win for the Dash, with goals scored by Melissa Henderson, Kealia Ohai and Stephanie Ochs.
“If you were to go out and say in the men’s world scene, ‘What are the top leagues in the world?’ You’d automatically go, ‘It’s La Liga in Spain or the Premiere League in England’,” Waldrum said. “People associate the men’s game with those kinds of clubs. But I think with the women, we have the world class players. We have the Carli Lloyds of the world, which is the equivalent of the Cristiano Ronaldos on the men’s side, in the U.S. So from a quality standpoint, I think the (NWSL) is doing great.”