2020 challenge cup

A collection of 8 posts

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #5

July 25, 2020

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #5 by Leo Baudhuin

This past Wednesday saw the elimination of two more teams – both during regulation this time – in the semifinal round of the Challenge Cup. In the first match, the Portland Thorns fell 1-0 to the Houston Dash off a 69th minute scramble-in-the-box Rachel Daly goal. Sky

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #4

July 21, 2020

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #4 by Leo Baudhuin

Fourth Challenge Cup Notebook; four remaining teams; three games to go. Last Friday, the eighth-seeded Portland Thorns pulled out a 1-0 victory over the first-place North Carolina Courage to advance to the semifinals. The match marks the first time that North Carolina have lost a

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #3

July 16, 2020

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #3 by Leo Baudhuin

Well, that's a wrap on the preliminary round. After relying on a four-way tiebreaker to determine teams four through seven, our next round is set. The takeaways so far? We've seen a lot of really good soccer – especially compared with MLS –  accompanied by the majority

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #2

July 11, 2020

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #2 by Leo Baudhuin

It's been an interesting week in the Challenge Cup. After both the then-last-place teams picked up wins on Wednesday, the table is closer than ever. Although standings don't count for anything beyond knockout-round seeding, these results are a fantastic example of the NWSL's parity. There's

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #1

July 03, 2020

NWSL: Challenge Cup Notebook #1 by Leo Baudhuin

It's been three days' and six games' worth of action in the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup. The tournament kicked off with a match that drew an average of 527,000 viewers on CBS. It feels like we've seen everything in these first games – from rusty