October 11, 2017 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL)
CHICAGO (Oct. 11, 2017) - National Women's Soccer League fans are invited to attend the 2017 NWSL Championship public training sessions featuring the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Orlando City Stadium at 10 a.m. ET and 2 p.m. ET, respectively.
Admission is free and open to the public. Fans must RSVP by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 12.
Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. ET for North Carolina's morning session and at 1:30 p.m. ET for Portland's afternoon training. Fans attending both sessions will be asked to clear the venue between practices, but will be able to re-enter and only need to RSVP once. Fans should enter through Gate A. Limited parking is available around the stadium.
The 2017 NWSL Championship Game will feature Portland Thorns FC and the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET. The match will be broadcast live on Lifetime and also be available for both live and on-demand streaming via the Lifetime app and MyLifetime.com. International fans can watch on the NWSL app and NWSLsoccer.com.
NWSL fans who travel to Orlando will have the opportunity to watch some of the brightest stars in the world of women's soccer prepare for the biggest game of the season as Christine Sinclair, Tobin Heath and Amandine Henry get set to lead the Thorns back to the title match for the first time since Portland won the inaugural NWSL Championship in 2013.
Coach Mark Parsons and his players smashed their way to the 2017 final with a 4-1 semifinal victory over the Orlando Pride as Henry, Emily Sonnett, Hayley Raso and Sinclair all found the back of the net - while Meghan Klingenberg, Heath, Lindsey Horan and Nadia Nadim each provided an assist to help the Thorns claim their first postseason victory since 2013.
Fans will also get the chance to see 2016 NWSL MVP Lynn Williams, Samantha Mewis and McCall Zerboni train for the 2017 championship game as the group of players look for their second straight NWSL title after winning the 2016 Championship with the Western New York Flash.
Coach Paul Riley and his players put themselves in position to cap off an extremely successful first year since relocating to North Carolina with a 1-0 semifinal win against the Chicago Red Stars as Denise O'Sullivan scored the dramatic game-winning goal in the 90th minute. The Courage's defense led by Abby Dahlkemper, Abby Erceg, Taylor Smith and Jaelene Hinkle - allowed just one shot in the match to help goalkeeper Katelyn Rowland earn the shutout.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 NWSL Championship, starting as low as $20. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase seats throughout the 25,500 capacity venue, including in the North end of Orlando City Stadium - North America's first safe-standing supporter's section. Tickets are available online. www.NWSLchampionship.com and by phone at 1-855-ORL-CITY