When the Chicago Red Stars take on Sky Blue FC in tonight’s NWSL Challenge Cup Semifinal (9 p.m. CT, CBS All Access), it’ll be a matchup of two fairly similar teams, at least on paper.
Both teams have scored only two goals through five games. Both teams have allowed three goals in the tournament. Both teams advanced out of their quarterfinal match by winning on penalties after a 0-0 draw.
Here’s where the teams are different: Chicago finds itself in a sixth consecutive NWSL semifinal. Sky Blue was a disaster of a club in recent years, but new leadership has them trending in the right direction. With North Carolina already eliminated, is this the year Chicago finally breaks through and wins a trophy?
The winner will take on the Houston Dash, who defeated the Portland Thorns 1-0 Wednesday off a Rachel Daly goal. Seeing Kealia Watt and Katie Naughton face their old clubs would be fun, but the Red Stars will have to find a way by Sky Blue first.
A couple quick reminders: The Challenge Cup moves to Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah for the semifinals and the final. And, this tournament is doing away with extra time, so if a match is tied after 90 minutes, it goes straight to a penalty shootout.
Chicago Red Stars vs. Sky Blue FC
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
NWSL Challenge Cup Semifinal | Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah
Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. CT
Streaming: CBS All Access (see the note below for some tips)
Live Tweets: @HotTimeOldTown (by TJ)
How do I watch this match?
If you live in the U.S. or Canada, you’ll need to have a CBS All Access subscription to watch this match. You get one week for free, and then it’s $6 a month. Sunday’s Challenge Cup Final is on over-the-air CBS, so you won’t need CBS All Access for that. So, if you sign up today, and then cancel tomorrow, you could watch this match for free.
If you live outside of the U.S. or Canada, you can watch for free on Twitch.
Chicago - OUT: Alyssa Mautz (Left Knee), Arin Wright (Postpartum), Yuki Nagasato (Left Leg), Tierna Davidson (Right Lower Leg), Morgan Gautrat (Right Leg), Ella Stevens (Left Leg) QUESTIONABLE: Danielle Colaprico (Right Ankle), Zoe Redei (Right Hip)
Sky Blue FC - OUT: Caprice Dydasco (Right Knee), Carli Lloyd (Left Knee), Mallory Pugh (Right Hip), Madison Tiernan (Right Ankle), Kenie Wright (Right Knee) QUESTIONABLE: Paige Monaghan (Left Knee)
NWSL Challenge Cup Final, Portland/Houston vs. Chicago/Sky Blue, Sunday, July 26, 11:30 a.m. CT, CBS
What do you think, are the Red Stars moving on tonight? Jump in the comments below and start the conversation!