NWSL Challenge Cup draw, schedule: Chicago Red Stars matched up against Orlando Pride in opener in Utah


The National Women’s Soccer League will be the first professional team sports league in the United States to resume play with the Challenge Cup in Utah on June 27. On Monday, the nine slots for the competition was unveiled on CBS Sports HQ. The first day of action will feature the Chicago Red Stars taking on the Orlando Pride and the two-time defending champion North Carolina Courage against the Portland Thorns. 

The tournament opener and final will air on CBS, and all other games will be on CBS All-Access in the United States and Canada, while matches will re-air on CBS Sports Network.

Here’s what you need to know about Monday’s slot draw:

Team slots

  1. Chicago Red Stars
  2. Washington Spirit
  3. Houston Dash
  4. Utah Royals
  5. North Carolina Courage
  6. Sky Blue FC
  7. Portland Thorns FC
  8. OL Reign
  9. Orlando Pride

Competition format

All nine teams will play four games in the opening stage in order to determine the eight quarterfinalists in the knockout stage. The semifinals and finals will take place at Rio Tinto Stadium. 

Preliminary round schedule

Saturday, June 27 
1. Chicago Red Stars vs. 9. Orlando Pride
5. North Carolina Courage vs. 7. Portland Thorns FC

Tuesday, June 30
2. Washington Spirit vs. 4. Utah Royals FC
8. OL Reign vs. 6. Sky Blue FC 

Wednesday, July 1
7. Portland Thorns FC vs. 9. Orlando Pride  
5. North Carolina Courage vs. 3. Houston Dash

Saturday, July 4
1. Chicago Red Stars vs. 4. Utah Royals FC
2. Washington Spirit vs. 8. OL Reign  

Sunday, July 5
5. North Carolina Courage vs.  9. Orlando Pride
3. Houston Dash vs. 6. Sky Blue FC 

Wednesday, July 8
2. Washington Spirit vs. 7. Portland Thorns FC
4. Utah Royals FC vs. 8. OL Reign 

Thursday, July 9 
9. Orlando Pride vs. 6. Sky Blue FC 
1. Chicago Red Stars vs. 3. Houston Dash

Sunday, July 12
4. Utah Royals FC vs. 5. North Carolina Courage
7. Portland Thorns FC vs. 8. OL Reign  

Monday, July 13
1. Chicago Red Stars vs. 6. Sky Blue FC 
2. Washington Spirit vs. 3. Houston Dash

Odds

Here’s a look at the Willam Hill Sports Book odds with the Courage leading the charge:

  • North Carolina Courage (+160)
  • Chicago Red Stars (+300)
  • Portland Thorns FC (+500)
  • OL Reign (+600)
  • Utah Royals FC (+800)
  • Washington Spirit (+1,000)
  • Houston Dash (+2,000)
  • Sky Blue FC (+3,000)
  • Orlando Pride (+4,000)

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