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NWSL Challenge Cup Team Preview: North Carolina Courage
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North Carolina Courage Preview
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The North Carolina Courage are the two-time defending National Women’s Soccer League champions and winners of three-straight NWSL Shields. In addition, they won the 2018 International Champions Cup. Can they add the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup to their trophy case?

2019 record

15-4-5 (49 pts.), 1st place

Roster churn

Almost none. Ten of 11 starters remain, with Merritt Mathias being the lone absence as she continues to recover from a torn ACL, which occurred late in the 2019 season. The most dominant team the league has ever seen remains mostly intact.

2019 key stat: 419

The number of shots registered in the 24-game regular season. The next closest was the Chicago Red Stars with 289. North Carolina’s conversion rate is often criticized, but it’s hard to gripe with a league-record 62 goals scored.

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