Sure, it’s a rematch of the two 2019 NWSL finalists, but if the NWSL Challenge Cup has taught us anything, it’s that previous form, rivalries and matchups don’t matter much in the middle of a short, quick tournament.
Except for North Carolina. They’re still really good. The champs beat the Portland Thorns 2-1 in the opening match, and followed it up with a 2-0 win over the Washington Spirit. After a 2-1 loss to the Spirit and a 0-0 draw with the Thorns, the Red Stars are looking for their first win of the tournament.
Chicago was the only team in the tournament to swap out all 11 starters from match one to match two, and today’s XI looks quite a bit like the veteran team that played the Spirit.
Chicago Red Stars vs. North Carolina Courage
Sunday, July 5, 2020
NWSL Challenge Cup Game #3 | Zions Bank Stadium, Herriman, Utah
Kickoff: 11:30 a.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., you’ll need to have a CBS All Access subscription to watch this tournament. You get one week for free, and then it’s $6 a month. That means if you remember to cancel, it’s only $6 to watch the entire tournament. Maybe, though, you’ll fall in love with all that CBS All Access has to offer, and keep it. We can’t be sure.
If you live outside of North America, you can watch for free on Twitch.
Red Stars: OUT Alyssa Mautz (Left knee), Arin Wright (Postpartum) QUESTIONABLE Zoe Redei (Right thigh), Danielle Colaprico (Right ankle), Tierna Davidson (Left leg)
Courage: OUT Merritt Mathias (Left Knee), Ally Watt (Right Knee ACL) QUESTIONABLE Jessica McDonald (Right thigh)
Some Light Pregame Reading
- Here are five questions we have about the Red Stars heading into this match, with some answers from Kealia Watt and Rory Dames.
- Kayla Sharples and Hannah Davison starred in central defense in the 0-0 draw with Portland. Here’s our recap of the match.
- Here’s our recap of the Red Stars’ 2-1 loss to the Spirit.
- TJ talked to Michele Vasconcelos about what it’s like brining her daughter with her into the “NWSL Village” for the tournament.
WE'RE READY.— Chicago Red Stars (@chiredstarsPR) July 5, 2020
Here's your starting XI for #NCvCHI, presented by @meijer. pic.twitter.com/HPpYRHVYOS
[Starting XI] The squad are ready for their third match. #NoFinishLine pic.twitter.com/NZ0qLNlfkT— NC Courage (@TheNCCourage) July 5, 2020
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