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  • Writer's pictureSavannah Miscik

Rookie Preview: Houston Dash

Note: Due to the recent allegations against Houston Dash head coach James Clarkson, the "quote" section will include a statement from the rookies themselves rather than Clarkson.


Joelle Anderson

Photo credit: Jeff Golden/Pepperdine Athletics

Team: Houston Dash

Position: Forward

Hometown: San Jose, California

College: Pepperdine University

College Number: 9

College Major: Psychology

College Awards: All-WCC first team (2019, 2020), United Soccer Coaches All-West Region first team (2019, 2020), Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week (2020), Pepperdine Scholar-Athlete (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), WCC Commissioner’s Honor Roll “bronze” honor (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), WCC Player of the Week (2017), WCC All-Freshman (2017), All-WCC second team (2017, 2018), United Soccer Coaches All-West Region second team (2017), Top Drawer Soccer Freshman Best XI second team (2017), WCC All-Academic honorable mention (2019, 2020)

Draft Pick: 26th overall pick in the 2021 NWSL College Draft (elected to play final season at Pepperdine)

Pro Contract: two-year deal

Quote: Anderson said upon being drafted: “So thankful for this opportunity and everyone who has helped me get here. Can’t wait to start this new chapter! See you soon H-town.”



Ryan Gareis


Photo credit: Houston Dash

Team: Houston Dash

Position: Forward

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

College: University of South Carolina

College Number: 22

College Major: Advertising

College Awards: SEC Offensive Player of the Week (2020, 2021), SEC Preseason Watch List (2020, 2021), CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team (2021), United Soccer Coaches All-Southeast Region Third Team (2021), United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-South Region team (2021), SEC Academic Honor Roll (2018, 2019, 2020), SEC Community Service Team (2019), SEC All-Freshman Team (2017), SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2017)

Draft Pick: 44th overall pick in the 2022 NWSL College Draft

Pro Contract: two-year deal

Quote: Said Gareis in a Dash profile about her upcoming rookie season, “I’m so excited for the season. I hope to make any impact I can in any way I can. I can’t wait to keep learning from the girls so that when I do get my chance, hopefully I can make the best impact, and a significant one.”


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