On Tuesday the NWSL announced the schedule for the inaugural Challenge Cup that will be in place in lieu of a regular season in Herriman, Utah.
Eight of the nine teams will participate after the Orlando Pride withdrew from the event due to 10 members of the organization testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Washington Spirit will play four matches to help determine seeding in the knockout portion of the tournament. The Spirit's opponents are the Chicago Red Stars, the two-time defending champion North Carolina Courage, Portland Thorns FC and the Houston Dash. All eight teams will advance to the Quarterfinals.
Games will be broadcast on CBS and CBS All Access. All matches will re-air on CBS Sports Network.
WASHINGTON SPIRIT 2020 CHALLENGE CUP SCHEDULE:
Saturday, June 27: Chicago Red Stars vs. Washington Spirit, 10:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)
Wednesday, July 1: Washington Spirit vs. NC Courage, 10:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)
Sunday, July 5: Portland Thorns FC vs. Washington Spirit, 10:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)
Sunday, July 12: Washington Spirit vs. Houston Dash, 12:30 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)
Saturday, July 17- Sunday, July 18: 10:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)
Wednesday, July 22: 10:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)
Sunday, July 26: 10:30 a.m. ET (CBS & CBS All Access)
All of the Washington Spirit players have elected to partake in the tournament. Their roster includes USWNT star Rose Lavelle, international players Jenna Hellstrom (Canada), Kumi Yokoyama (Japan) and 2020 first-round draft pick Ashley Sanchez from UCLA.
Last season Washington finished fifth in the league table and did not qualify for the playoffs.
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