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NWSL Jul 23, 2020

Houston Dash and Chicago Red Stars reach NWSL Challenge Cup title match

The Houston Dash will face the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL Challenge Cup title match, after both sides won their respective semifinal matches on Wednesday.

Houston defeated Portland Thorns FC in the first game of the day, notching a 1-0 shutout victory as a Rachel Daly header in the 69th minute proved to be the difference. Goalkeeper Jane Campbell notched the clean sheet, needing to make only three saves behind Houston’s strong back line. [Full Recap]

Chicago defeated Sky Blue FC 3-2 in the night cap, behind goals from Bianca St. Georges (8′), Rachel Hill (11′) and Savannah McCaskill (60′). Sky Blue mounted a furious comeback late in the game after falling behind 3-0, receiving a goal from Evelynne Viens (72′) and forcing an own goal by Chicago’s Julie Ertz (77′) in a six-minute span. However, the Red Stars were able to hold on the rest of the way and preserve the one-goal lead. [Full Recap]

The 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup Championship game will air on Sunday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS. Fans outside the U.S. and Canada can stream it on Twitch.

NWSL Challenge Cup Semifinals Highlights

Chicago Red Stars 3, Sky Blue FC 2

Houston Dash 1, Portland Thorns FC 0