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NWSL playoff scenarios: Final postseason berth up for grabs

Chicago Red Stars forward Mallory Pugh (9) brings the ball up field during a NWSL match between the San Diego Wave FC and the Chicago Red Stars on July 30, 2022 at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. (Photo by Melissa Tamez/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The NWSL playoff push has come down to the final game of the regular season, with the Chicago Red Stars hosting Angel City Sunday night at Toyota Park.

The sixth and final postseason berth is on the line in Chicago, with the Red Stars and North Carolina Courage still in playoff contention.

One of those two clubs will join the OL Reign, Portland Thorns, San Diego Wave, Houston Dash and Kansas City Current, who have all already locked in their postseason spots.

Playoff Scenarios: Clinching the final postseason berth

Chicago Red Stars clinch with:

  • A win against Angel City FC

North Carolina Courage clinch with:

  • A Chicago draw or loss

Angel City FC clinch with:

  • A win over Chicago by 16 goals

Angel City FC came out on top in the clubs’ only previous meeting this year, downing the Chicago Red Stars 1-0 on Aug. 14.

Kick-off between the Chicago Red Stars and Angel City FC is set for 6 pm ET, Sunday on Paramount+.