Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) has announced its 2020 Challenge Cup schedule. The team will open the tournament against OL Reign at 10:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 30, at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. CBS All Access will air the game in the United States and Canada with international viewing available on Twitch. The nine-team, 25-game tournament officially begins on Saturday, June 27, with the opening match and Final airing on CBS.
“The NWSL and our players are proud to lead the return to play in the confident and bold manner our fans have come to expect” said NWSL Commissioner Lisa Baird. “The NWSL Challenge Cup presented by P&G and their Secret deodorant brand will feature the best women soccer players in the world on an innovative stage built for the times. And thanks to CBS, more Americans than ever will be able to watch. I can’t wait to get started.”
“It’s exciting to have something we can put on the calendar, circle the date, and look forward to,” said Sky Blue FC midfielder Midge Purce following the Challenge Cup draw. “We could have faced any team. We are just excited to play, and I think it’s going to be a great game.”
In addition to facing OL Reign in the Club’s opening match, the team will also face the Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride, and the Chicago Red Stars in the preliminary rounds. Sky Blue meets the Houston Dash on July 5, the Orlando Pride on July 9, and ends the preliminary round facing the Chicago Red Stars on July 13. These games will air on CBS All Access in the U.S. and Canada and on Twitch for international audiences.
“I’m happy with the draw, I think we’ve got some good variety amongst the teams we’re facing,” said Head Coach Freya Coombe. “It’s going to be a great tournament that I think will come down to who can cope mentally and physically in addition to who can get their tactics right. I’m excited to go and be back playing games again. I’m feeling positive about our chances in the Challenge Cup.”
The preliminary rounds will determine seeding for the eight teams advancing to the quarterfinals, which becomes a knockout competition. The Semifinals and Final presented by Budweiser will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, with the Championship match slated for July 26, 2020. .
Sky Blue FC 2020 NWSL Champions Cup Preliminary Round Schedule
Tuesday, June 30: Sky Blue FC vs OL Reign, 10:00 PM ET
Sunday, July 5: Sky Blue FC vs Houston Dash, 12:30 PM ET
Thursday, July 9: Sky Blue FC vs Orlando Pride, 10:00 PM ET
Monday, July 13: Sky Blue FC vs Chicago Red Stars, 12:30 PM ET
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