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NWSL Week 2: What to watch for in each game

Banc of California Stadium was packed with 22,000 spectators for Angel City FC’s regular-season debut. (Photo by Meg Oliphant/Getty Images)

Week 2 of the NWSL season is here. The Challenge Cup final leads off the weekend’s action Saturday afternoon, but the regular-season schedule offers its share of thrills (despite the scheduling shuffle).

Just Women’s Sports is breaking down what to watch as the games continue.

San Diego Wave vs. Gotham FC

Saturday at 10 p.m. ET on Twitch

The Wave got the regular season off to a strong start last weekend with a 1-0 win over the Houston Dash thanks to a late goal from Jodie Taylor. Gotham, meanwhile, dominated the Orlando Pride 3-0.

The goaltender matchup will be an Ashlyn Harris vs. Kailen Sheridan showdown in Sheridan’s first regular-season match against her old team since being traded in the offseason.

Kansas City Current vs. Houston Dash

Sunday at 5 p.m. ET on Paramount+

The Current nearly made the Challenge Cup final Wednesday, but they suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat to the Courage. They’ll look to rebound this weekend against the Dash after a 3-0 loss to the Portland Thorns to open the regular season.

Houston also will be looking for its first win of the regular season after losing last weekend to San Diego.

OL Reign vs. Racing Louisville FC

Sunday at 6 p.m. ET on Paramount+

OL Reign will aim to shake off the sting of a controversial loss to the Washington Spirit in the Challenge Cup semifinals. Rose Lavelle managed to find the back of the net in the Reign’s regular-season opener, but that wasn’t enough to overcome the Spirit last weekend.

Racing Louisville faced a similar fate against Chicago, with Emily Fox notching the team’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss.

Angel City FC vs. Orlando Pride

Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on Paramount+

Angel City put the league on notice in its regular season opener, hosting a sellout crowd and downing the Courage 2-1. The club will once again be playing host as it looks to continue the momentum that came with its first regular-season game.

The Pride will be looking to get their first win of the regular season against some familiar faces, including Angel City captain Ali Riley, who played for Orlando last season.