The Olympics in Tokyo are in high gear, but the National Women’s Soccer League rolls on this weekend with five matches in the regular season. Fans can watch games across CBS platforms, and games this weekend will be shown Paramount +.
Among the five games are on the docket, North Carolina Courage and Orlando Pride start things off on Saturday, followed by a late night meeting between Olympics Reign and Racing Louisville FC. We have a triple header on Sunday as Portland Thorns FC welcome Kansas City NWSL to Providence Park, Chicago Red Stars host Washington Spirit, and Houston Dash meet NJ / NY Gotham FC.
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Saturday, July 31st
North Carolina Courage Vs. Orlando Pride, 7 p.m. (Paramount +)
OL Reign vs. Racing Louisville FC, 10pm (Twitch)
Courage and pride try to slide
Something must give between these two. Orlando, a team that started the season with a seven-game undefeated streak, could twist the month of July up without a win as it is in the midst of a five-game victory streak (0-1-4). The final win came on June 23 against bottom-feeders Kansas City in a game in which Brazilian Olympian Marta comes off the bench and scores from inside the halfway line. In terms of courage, they are looking for a win in their last three matches (0-1-2), where their last win actually comes against Pride on the fourth of July.
Orlando is playing its first game with interim head coach Becky Burleigh after Marc Skinner was appointed as the new manager of Manchester United. And after a big mid-season trade, North Carolina was able to get Amy Rodriguez to start in a row.
Olympics Reign aims to build a winning streak
Reign comes away with a 2-0 win against Orlando Pride and will try to hack two wins in a row for the first time this season. Racing Louisville FC has gone without a win in the last three games and comes with a 2-0 loss against Portland at home in Kentucky. The reign has an impressive midfield and also has depth on the sideline, so look for a Louisville side to try to sit and counter as the guest’s side on the road in a narrow lane.
Portland counts points in the Olympic stretch
The Thorns have had an impressive game over the Olympic part of the league schedule and are unbeaten in their last four matches, picking up 10 points out of a possible 12 to get a tighter grip on first place in the standings. The current rotating attack from Morgan Weaver, Simone Charley, Sophia Smith and Marissa Everett has given different looks in front of goal while Angela Salem and Rocky Rodriguez keep things down in midfield.
Chicago and Washington well-known enemies
This will be the third regular meeting between these two sides and the second in four weeks. Chicago recently had its winning streak of three games snatched last week for Gotham FC, and the team is looking to get the offensive going again after forcing five own goals over this span. Spirit comes after a 2-0 win over Louisville, and forward Ashley Hatch continues his impressive scoring run with six goals over 10 games played this season.
Houston and Gotham go head to head
At 16 points, Dash in sixth place will try to make a big leap in the standings against a second-placed Gotham side who are just three points ahead. This will be the first meeting between the two sides since the opening of the regular season back in May. Houston’s midfielders will have work to do against Gotham’s Allie Long and McCall Zerboni, both midfielders have scored in the previous two games for Gotham.