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Houston Dash to debut official jerseys; uniforms sponsored by BBVA Compass

- Bank is the Official Jersey Partner of newest women's professional soccer team

HOUSTON, Feb. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Houston Dash will debut their team jerseys Friday evening at BBVA Compass Stadium, where the bank will celebrate its 5-year commitment to outfitting the nation's newest professional women's soccer team.   

The Dash entered the National Women's Soccer League as an expansion team for the 2014 season. BBVA Compass' logo on the team's jerseys underscores the bank's commitment to bringing the global sport of soccer to the city and beyond. It currently sponsors Major League Soccer's Houston Dynamo, which plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in the city's East End.

"The Dash athletes are exceptional role models for our city, and it is a great honor to see our logo on their jerseys," BBVA Compass Houston City President Mark Montgomery said of the bank's status as the team's Official Jersey Partner.

Montgomery said the bank will work with the Dash on several community initiatives, including renovating a house and hosting a youth soccer clinic in the East End, which will help introduce Houston's newest sports stars to their adopted city. The efforts will further the bank's partnership with the Dynamo and Dynamo Charities for their Building a Better Houston campaign, which was started in 2012 to revitalize the neighborhood around BBVA Compass Stadium.

"BBVA Compass has always been a tremendous sponsor of the Houston Dynamo," said Dash Managing Director Brian Ching, the Dynamo's all-time leading scorer who retired earlier this year. "We've formed a great partnership over the years, so we're excited to make the Houston Dash a part of it. I can't think of a better company in Houston to be associated with."  

The Houston Dash is owned by the Dynamo ownership group and operated by the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer. Randy Waldrum, previously the head coach of the Notre Dame women's soccer team, is the head coach of the Dash.

About BBVA Group
BBVA Compass is a subsidiary of BBVA Compass Bancshares Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of BBVA (NYSE: BBVA) (MAD: BBVA). BBVA is a customer-centric global financial services group founded in 1857. The Group has a solid position in Spain, is the largest financial institution in Mexico and has leading franchises in South America and the Sunbelt region of the United States. Its diversified business is geared toward high-growth markets and relies on technology as a key sustainable competitive advantage. Corporate responsibility is at the core of its business model. BBVA fosters financial education and inclusion, and supports scientific research and culture. It operates with the highest integrity, a long-term vision and applies best practices. The Group is present in the main sustainability indexes. More information about the BBVA Group can be found at www.bbva.com.

About BBVA Compass
BBVA Compass is a Sunbelt-based financial institution that operates 685 branches, including 350 in Texas, 90 in Alabama, 78 in Arizona, 64 in California, 45 in Florida, 38 in Colorado and 20 in New Mexico. BBVA Compass ranks among the top 25 largest U.S. commercial banks based on deposit market share and ranks among the largest banks in Alabama (2nd), Texas (4th) and Arizona (5th). BBVA Compass has been recognized as one of the leading small business lenders by the Small Business Administration and was recently awarded the 2013 Celent Model Bank Award for its new core banking platform. Additional information about BBVA Compass can be found at www.bbvacompass.com.

Editor's Note: BBVA Compass is a trade name of Compass Bank, Member FDIC.

About the Houston Dash
The Houston Dash are a National Women's Soccer League club that will begin play in April 2014 for the start of the league's second season. The Dash are the first expansion club in the NWSL, joining the eight original members that launched the league in 2013. The NWSL is supported by the Canadian Soccer Association, Federation of Mexican Football and the United States Soccer Federation. It is the top-flight women's professional soccer league in North America, featuring many of the top players from the United States, Canada and Mexico, as well as talent from around the world. The 24-game regular season runs from April through August. The team trains at Houston Sports Park (HSP), the premier training facility in Southeast Texas, and plays at BBVA Compass Stadium in downtown Houston. For more information, visit www.HoustonDynamo.com/HoustonDash or call (713) 276-GOAL. 

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