Rachel Daly treated for heat illness, released from hospital; NWSL issues statement following game
The Reign and Dash met in Houston Saturday afternoon
(Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)
(Photo credit: Wilf Thorne/isiphotos.com)

At the end of the Reign’s 2-0 win over the Dash in Houston, Dash forward Rachel Daly had to be treated for heat illness, the team said. Her condition improved and she was taken to a local hospital. She was released later that evening, the Dash said.

Daly later tweeted an update saying she was “doing better” and that it was a “frightening experience.” She thanked her teammates, staff and the Seattle Reign for their help after she fell ill.

The temperature in Houston at kickoff was above 90 degrees with over 50% humidity.

Following the match, the NWSL issued the following statement:

“First and foremost, we want to wish Rachel Daly a quick recovery, as well as other players who may have been impacted by the heat during today’s match between the Houston Dash and Seattle Reign. The safety of our players is always our top priority and due to the high temperature today in Houston, we implemented water breaks to provide additional opportunities to help the players stay hydrated. Prior to the season, we also worked with the Dash on scheduling any nationally televised afternoon games earlier in the year in an attempt to avoid the summer heat that unfortunately we experienced today. We will immediately review these measures to prevent this situation from occurring in the future.”

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