NWSL Challenge Cup final: How to watch Courage vs. Spirit

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The Washington Spirit and North Carolina Courage are set to square off Saturday in the final of the NWSL Challenge Cup.

The Courage will host the Spirit, with the game airing live on CBS at 1 p.m. ET. Fans can also stream the match on Paramount+ and international fans can watch via Twitch.

What to look for: North Carolina Courage

North Carolina will be led by midfielder Debinha, who has scored in five straight Challenge Cup matches and six total. She is tied with Abby Wambach and Kim Little for the most consecutive NWSL games with a goal and could break that tie if she scores in the Cup final.

Saturday’s game marks the fourth time the Courage have reached the final in an NWSL competition, but just their first since winning the 2019 championship. They now are tied for the most finals appearances with Portland.

What to look for: Washington Spirit

Last season’s Golden Boot winner Ashley Hatch has led the Spirit on their 20-game unbeaten streak. She is one of three players to have scored five goals in the tournament. Trinity Rodman has also been a factor, scoring four goals and adding two assists.

The Spirit are the reigning NWSL champions and haven’t lost a game since last August. They’ll put that streak on the line after advancing on a 10-round penalty kick shootout against the OL Reign in the semifinals.