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Lauletta: Challenge Cup heading for explosive final weekend of group play

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Don’t look now but the NWSL Challenge Cup is down to one more weekend of group play that will sort things out for next month’s semifinals. Six of the 12 National Women’s Soccer League squads are still alive to advance—the Reign have already booked their passage — and, as luck would have it, there are some explosive final matches ahead.

Let’s take a look at what each match means and how things might fall on May 4.

North Carolina Courage vs Washington Spirit | 1 PM ET Saturday (CBS)

Not a bad match to kick off the weekend on CBS. Aesthetically, the Courage have probably played the best soccer of any team during the Cup while the Spirit have still not lost of a match on the field since August 7. Now they’re set to meet at WakeMed Soccer Park with the top spot in the East on the line.

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