The final weekend of Challenge Cup group play kicks off Saturday, with teams battling for a place in May’s semifinals.
With advancement on the line, Saturday and Sunday’s games are sure to be will be packed with drama and preseason chaos.
North Carolina Courage vs. Washington Spirit
Saturday, 1 p.m. ET on CBS
The East Division is on the line in North Carolina and Washington’s matchup, with both teams looking to be in peak form. The Courage has a lighter lift to advance to the semifinals, needing only a draw or win to move on. The Spirit’s fate, on the other hand, will depend on the Portland Thorns’ result.
NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Orlando Pride
Saturday, 7 p.m. ET on Paramount+
Gotham FC and Orlando Pride make up the bottom half of the East Division, with both clubs out of contention for the semifinals. Their Saturday night matchup will instead serve as a potential confidence boost, with both sides looking for a comprehensive performance ahead of the regular season.
San Diego Wave FC vs. OL Reign
Saturday, 10 p.m. ET on Paramount+
OL Reign head into Saturday with their place in the semifinal locked up, giving the club some room to experiment. Despite their three Challenge Cup losses, San Diego will serve as a worthy opponent for the Reign, with the team growing into its game as the preseason comes to a close.
Kansas City Current vs. Chicago Red Stars
Sunday, 5 p.m. ET on Paramount+
A ticket to the semifinals is on the line in Kansas City and Chicago’s Sunday showdown, with the two clubs topping the Central Division. The Red Stars will need a win to advance, while the Current move on with a draw or a win. Mal Pugh has been critical for Chicago and will need to put in a solid 90 minutes Sunday to keep the Red Stars’ Challenge Cup hopes alive.
Houston Dash vs. Racing Louisville
Sunday, 6 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network
Houston Dash and Racing Louisville are out of semifinal contention, but both sides will look to gain valuable insights ahead of the regular season. Louisville has been competitive throughout the preseason tournament, registering just one loss. The Dash have four losses to their name, facing some apparent defensive issues heading into the regular season.
Angel City vs. Portland Thorns
Sunday, 9 p.m. ET on Paramount+
The weekend’s last matchup could have implications not only for the Portland Thorns but also for the Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars. Should the Thorns win, they will advance, but a loss or draw will mean Portland needs Chicago and Washington’s cooperation. The Thorns head into their Angel City game with one loss, one draw and three wins.