With the first-ever million-dollar prize pool to U.S. women's soccer, the 2023 UKG NWSL Challenge Cup will give teams an additional chance at a trophy, bragging rights, and record prize money.
Here's my preferred XI for tonight:
Have no idea if all these players are available, but really I don't want to see anybody else out there except young players, players new to the club, and players who need minutes.
Until the Challenge Cup has some instrumental value, I want it treated as a somewhere between a scrimmage and a friendly.
I think my favorite aspect of a cup competition is that the second string GK can get some minutes. Hogan's been good in her few appearances for the Thorns.
I'm expecting (and hoping for) a pretty heavily rotated side. Saturday's match is obviously much more of a priority.
Kizer with the brace, KC up 2-0 in 67th.
Hell, maybe they should have fired Potter at halftime of last year's Championship match???
NC outshooting ORL 12-2. Scoreboard sez ORL 1-0 NC, 80th minute.
KC 1-0 HOU halftime. Kizer is the difference here.
NY 0-0 WAS halftime. Parsons wisely sitting the biggest names.
ORL and KC might come into Sunday's match fresh off of Challenge Cup wins but also still winless on the year.
Ohh lordy NWSL drama just don’t quit do it?
Group of Death indeed. I get why it's this way, to reduce travel - but 3 of the 4 best teams in NWSL are in the same group!
Vague corporate speak around the Potter sacking, but it sounds more like a matter of team performance than professional misconduct:
“We watch the play on the pitch, we keep a pulse on the locker room, and we are constantly evaluating ways to improve our club,” Current general manager Camille Ashton said in a statement. “Through our ongoing process of continuous improvement, we believe now is the right time for this change.”
Claire Watkins is making that argument: https://justwomenssports.com/reads/kansas-city-current-matt-potter-2023-losses-debinha/
Also, thank you STF for splitting Thorns/Timbers news are giving us an easier way to find what we're looking for! So much better. Next/final step...fix the logo. :)
Annoying that Louisville does not have a midweek game to recover from.
I do wonder whether we see the new prize money play a little bit of a role in how seriously *some* teams take the CC. I imagine the best teams would prioritize the league, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the lower tier sides really go for the challenge cup- That prize money ain’t something to scoff at for most players in this league.
Tonight's starting lineup....
Kuikka Hubly Nally Reyes
Sugita Porter Rodriguez
Leon Smith Sinclair
Well, that's a head-scratcher...
Amandine Henry might go to Angel City? Whatever happened to "Toujours une Thorn"?
That would make me both sad and unhappy, but I guess that's professional sports.
I agree that Jacobson is going to be a key player. However, Natu is her kryptonite. If Natu is only going to play half a game one of our other fullbacks will have to step up big time.