NWSL Reveals Full Preliminary Round Schedule for 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup
June 2, 2020 - National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) News Release
CHICAGO - The National Women's Soccer League today announced the full schedule for the preliminary rounds of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and Secret. Commissioner Lisa Baird was live in the CBS Sports HQ studio on Monday to reveal the full tournament draw. The 25-game tournament will kick off on June 27, 2020 at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. While spectators will not be in attendance, fans can catch all the action via CBS, CBS All Access, and Twitch for fans outside the U.S. and Canada.
Following the preliminary rounds, the top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals set for Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. The semifinals and Final presented by Budweiser will be played in Sandy, Utah at Rio Tinto Stadium on Wednesday, July 22 and Sunday, July 26, respectively.
Some key matchups out of today's draw are back-to-back champions North Carolina Courage taking on Portland Thorns FC on opening day and the Cascadia battle between Thorns FC and OL Reign on July 12. The host team, Utah Royals FC will open their tournament play on Tuesday, June 30 against the Washington Spirit and all eyes will be on Sky Blue FC after a flurry of offseason trades and acquisitions.
The complete draw results and full preliminary schedule can be found below. All game times will be announced soon.
Team 1: Chicago Red Stars
Team 2: Washington Spirit
Team 3: Houston Dash
Team 4: Utah Royals FC
Team 5: North Carolina Courage
Team 6: Sky Blue FC
Team 7: Portland Thorns FC
Team 8: OL Reign
Team 9: Orlando Pride
Chicago Red Stars v. Orlando Pride
NC Courage v. Portland Thorns FC
Washington Spirit v. Utah Royals FC
OL Reign v. Sky Blue FC
Portland Thorns FC v. Orlando Pride
NC Courage v. Houston Dash
Chicago Red Stars v. Utah Royals FC
Washington Spirit v. OL Reign
NC Courage v. Orlando Pride
Houston Dash v. Sky Blue FC
Washington Spirit v. Portland Thorns FC
Utah Royals FC v. OL Reign
Orlando Pride v. Sky Blue FC
Chicago Red Stars v. Houston Dash
Utah Royals FC v. NC Courage
Portland Thorns FC v. OL Reign
Chicago Red Stars v. Sky Blue FC
Washington Spirit v. Houston Dash
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