Opening games for NWSL Challenge Cup in Utah announced; Utah Royals FC to start against former BYU star Ashley Hatch, Washington Spirit

Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie, left, battles Washington Spirit forward Ashley Hatch for the ball as the Utah Royals and Washington Spirit play at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

Utah Royals FC defender Rachel Corsie, left, battles Washington Spirit forward Ashley Hatch for the ball as the Utah Royals and Washington Spirit play at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018. | Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Opening matchups were announced Monday for the National Women’s Soccer League tournament set for June 27-July 26 in Utah.

In a live show on CBS Sports, it was revealed that Utah Royals FC will first play on June 30 against former BYU star Ashley Hatch and the D.C.-based Washington Spirit.

Two games will be played on June 27. The Chicago Red Stars will face the Orlando Pride and in a matchup of the last league champions, the Portland Thorns will play the North Carolina Courage, winners of two straight titles.

Joining URFC and Washington in action on June 30 will be New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC and Washington-based OL Reign. The Houston Dash will open against the Courage on July 1.

Better look at the early part of the NWSL Challenge Cup schedule: pic.twitter.com/tOLMFAQVWa

— Jeff Kassouf (@JeffKassouf) June 1, 2020

Each of the NWSL’s nine teams will play four games before one is eliminated prior to the quarterfinal round, which begins the knockout phase of competition. Only each team’s first contest was announced Monday, although start times were not announced.

All the initial games and quarterfinals will be played at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman. The semifinals and finals will be at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy. All games will be played without fans in the stands but can be viewed on CBS All Access.

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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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