The Houston Dash should've had a massive parade. There should've been throngs of screaming fans in downtown Houston to celebrate the team, but thanks to COVID-19, that was not to be. Nevertheless, more than 300 hundred cars lined up outside BBVA Stadium, spilling out across the freeway, on July 30 to celebrate the team's National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup win on Sunday, July 26, their first-ever championship win.
Team members sat up on a stage cheering and clapping as fans—all wearing masks—drove past, waving signs and pom poms. As one car drove past with a poster reading "I want to be Rachel Daly when I grow up!", Daly herself jumped onto the car's hood for a photo.
Some fans snapped photos with team members, some brought gifts, and in one moment, a fan passed a case a Budweiser to the delighted team. "We have the best fans @HoustonDash thank you all for coming out to celebrate with us we love you," tweeted Midfielder Kristie Mewis.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner were onsite to celebrate the team and issue a proclamation declaring July 30 as Houston Dash Day. “The City of Houston commends and congratulates the Houston Dash on becoming the first coronavirus-era champions in team sport," read the proclamation, "which is a testament to their team spirit and passion, and extends best wishes on their continued success.”