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How to Watch the Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Challenge Cup

How to Watch the Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Challenge Cup

The Washington Spirit will play their first game in the inaugural Challenge Cup on Saturday against the Chicago Red Stars at 10:00 p.m. ET.

The tournament, which is a substitute for a standard season due to the coronavirus pandemic, will take place in Herriman, Utah. Eight of the nine teams in the league will participate, with the Orlando Pride opting out after 10 members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.

The Spirit's matchup against the Red Stars is the first of four preliminary matchups that will determine seeding for the knockout round. Washington's roster features the likes of USWNT star Rose Lavelle, international players Jenna Hellstrom (Canada), Kumi Yokoyama (Japan) and 2020 first-round draft pick Ashley Sanchez from UCLA. All eligible players on the team are participating.

Here's everything you need to know about Washington's first game in the NWSL Challenge Cup:

HOW TO WATCH: WASHINGTON SPIRIT vs. CHICAGO RED STARS NWSL CHALLENGE CUP

Who: Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars 

What: NWSL Challenge Cup Preliminary Game

Where: Herriman, Utah

When: 10:00 p.m. ET

Broadcast: CBS All-Access 

WASHINGTON SPIRIT 2020 CHALLENGE CUP SCHEDULE:

Preliminary Round

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)

Quarterfinal Round

Saturday, July 17- Sunday, July 18: 10:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)

Semifinal Round

Wednesday, July 22: 10:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)

Championship

Sunday, July 26: 10:30 a.m. ET (CBS & CBS All Access)

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Here's when you can watch Rose Lavelle and the Washington Spirit in the NWSL's Challenge Cup

Here's when you can watch Rose Lavelle and the Washington Spirit in the NWSL's Challenge Cup

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:

Preliminary Round

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)

Quarterfinal Round

Saturday, July 17- Sunday, July 18: 10:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)

Semifinal Round

Wednesday, July 22: 10:30 a.m. or 8:00 p.m. ET (CBS All Access)

Championship

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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Spirit midfielder learned how to sew masks to help dozens during COV-19 quarantine

Spirit midfielder learned how to sew masks to help dozens during COV-19 quarantine

When the coronavirus pandemic first began to significantly impact the United States in March, Washington Spirit midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard did not know how to sew. At all.

But when quarantine began in March as stay-at-home orders became prevalent throughout the United States, she decided to try it, and picked it up quickly. Two days later, she began making masks.

Since then, Dougherty Howard has made approximately 10 masks per day, with additional help from her aunt, she told NBC Washington's Dave Johnson.

At first, she sent the homemade masks down to her family in Florida. But soon after, her operation became bigger, as she donated a box of 60 masks to a local children's hospital.

"I'm not a person who likes to sit on their hands and not do anything," she said. "It gave me a focus and a bigger picture, made me feel like I was making a positive impact."

Dougherty Howard uses sewing masks as a way to break up her workouts, but also help others in the process. The midfielder mentioned her late grandmother's passion for sewing, as well as her aunt's love for it, too, as for why she decided to pick it up.

"I'm kind of creative and pick up stuff quickly," she said. "So, it kind of just came naturally."

The National Women's Soccer League is still on pause due to the pandemic, but clubs were allowed to begin individual workouts at team fields on Wednesday.

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