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Challenge Cup semi between Spirit and OL Reign relocated to Audi Field

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The NWSL Challenge Cup semifinal between the Washington Spirit and OL Reign next Wednesday has been relocated to Audi Field in Washington, D.C., the NWSL announced Thursday.

The league, in collaboration with the Spirit, D.C. United and the Aspen Institute, facilitated the move from Segra Field. The 5,000-capacity stadium in Leesburg, Va., is the Spirit’s other home field and a training facility for MLS club D.C. United.

Audi Field, a 20,000-capacity stadium, previously was considered unavailable due to the Aspen Institute’s Project Play Summit. That event is scheduled to run at Audi Field throughout the day leading up to the semifinal match.

The NWSL and MLS clubs and the Aspen Institute worked together to open the stadium to the Spirit, the NWSL said in its news release.

OL Reign initially was set to host the Challenge Cup matchup, having clinched the No. 1 seed with the best record in the tournament’s group stage, but a conflict at Lumen Field in Seattle forced the game to move east.

The Spirit and OL Reign’s semifinal contest will air at 8 p.m. ET Wednesday, May 4, on CBS Sports Network.