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NWSL Challenge Cup schedule released, debuts incoming for Racing, Kansas City

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The schedule for the upcoming NWSL Challenge Cup is set. The second annual tournament will kick off on April 9 with defending title champions Houston Dash hosting the Chicago Red Stars in Texas, with the championship match slated for May 8.

Included in the schedule are the debut matches for Racing Louisville FC and Kansas City NWSL.

Kansas City has the first debut, happening on “opening day.” Kansas City will travel to Providence Park to take on the Portland Thorns at 10:30 p.m. EST on April 9. On Saturday, April 10, Racing Louisville will host the Orlando Pride at 7 p.m. for their NWSL debut under head coach Christy Holly.

“I’m so excited to kick off a new year in style with the 2021 Challenge Cup presented by Secret Deodorant, and thrilled to once again partner with our friends at CBS Sports to bring the best women’s soccer league in the world to our viewers,” NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird said. “My thanks to CBS, Twitch and all of our partners, for continuing to invest in this league and showcasing these incredible athletes.”

Due to the rebrand of CBS All-Access, matches are listed as Paramount+. However, no extra subscription is needed; CBS All-Access is part of the Paramount family. Furthermore, all games will be streamed on Twitch for international viewers.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the NWSL and build on the immense success across all platforms of the 2020 Challenge Cup,” Dan Weinberg, EVP, Programming, CBS Sports, said. “The 2021 Challenge Cup will showcase soccer’s top players, and we look forward to bringing fans the action across CBS, CBS Sports Network and Paramount+.”

The full schedule includes 21 matches, with a couple weekday games tossed in with weekend slates. There are two groups of five teams competing in the tournament. Unlike last year, there is not one strict location for the tournament. Teams will be hosting competition in home markets.

The groups include:

  • East: North Carolina Courage, Racing Louisville, Orlando Pride, Sky Blue FC, Washington Spirit
  • West: Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash, Kansas City, OL Reign, Portland Thorns

The full NWSL Challenge Cup schedule is listed below.

2021 NWSL Challenge Cup schedule

Friday, April 9 8:30 PM Houston Dash Chicago Red Stars BBVA Stadium CBSSN
Friday, April 9 10:30 PM Portland Thorns FC Kansas City Providence Park Paramount+
Saturday, April 10 3:30 PM NC Courage Washington Spirit Sahlen’s Stadium Paramount+
Saturday, April 10 7 PM Racing Louisville FC Orlando Pride Lynn Family Stadium Paramount+
Wednesday, April 14 7 PM Orlando Pride Sky Blue FC Exploria Stadium CBSSN
Thursday, April 15 7:30 PM Chicago Red Stars Portland Thorns FC SeatGeek Stadium Paramount+
Friday, April 16 7 PM Washington Spirit Racing Louisville FC Segra Paramount+
Friday, April 16 10 PM OL Reign Houston Dash Cheney Stadium Paramount+
Tuesday, April 20 6 PM Sky Blue FC NC Courage Montclair State Paramount+
Tuesday, April 20 8:30 PM Chicago Red Stars Kansas City SeatGeek Stadium Paramount+
Wednesday, April 21 7 PM Orlando Pride Washington Spirit Exploria Stadium Paramount+
Wednesday, April 21 10 PM Portland Thorns FC OL Reign Providence Park CBSSN
Monday, April 26 6 PM Racing Louisville FC NC Courage Lynn Family Stadium Paramount+
Monday, April 26 8:30 PM Kansas City Houston Dash Field of Legends Paramount+
Tuesday, April 27 7 PM Washington Spirit Sky Blue FC Segra Paramount+
Tuesday, April 27 10 PM OL Reign Chicago Red Stars Cheney Stadium Paramount+
Saturday, May 1 7:30 PM NC Courage Orlando Pride Sahlen’s Stadium CBSSN
Sunday, May 2 12:30 PM Sky Blue FC Racing Louisville FC Montclair State Paramount+
Sunday, May 2 7:30 PM Houston Dash Portland Thorns FC BBVA Stadium Paramount+
Monday, May 3 8 PM Kansas City OL Reign Legends Field Paramount+
Saturday, May 8 1 PM Championship TBD CBS, Paramount+

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