NWSL : OL Reign start the Challenge Cup against Sky Blue (Wednesday, 4h)
They're back! After several weeks of shutdown of all soccer leagues, competition resumes on the other side of the Atlantic. And it’s OL Reign, OL’s American women's football franchise, which will take part in the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup, a 23-match tournament with seven other NWSL clubs created especially for the occasion.
The players of coach Farid Benstiti will therefore seek a first trophy overnight on Tuesday, playing at Wednesday at 4:00 am French time with a match against Sky Blue Football Club, a franchise from New Jersey, to start off their program of matches. Deprived of former OL players Jess Fishlock and Megan Rapinoe, Ballon d'Or winner in 2019, OL Reign can still count on major assets, such as new recruits Bethany Balcer, Nicole Momiki, Sofia Huerta and Shirley Cruz , well known to fans of Lyon, who will be there to try to succeed as the competition gets underway.
Where to follow the action
The match, which will be played at Zions Bank Stadium, in Herriman, Utah, will be broadcast live on CBS All Access in the United States and on the league's official Twitch channel in other countries, such as France.
The Challenge Cup : The format of the competition
The NWSL Challenge Cup 2020 will see eight NWSL teams play 23 games in 30 days in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the end of the preliminary round, the teams will play quarterfinals according to their placement in the table. The knockout rounds will be played as single legs, with a penalty shootout planned directly afterwards in the event of a draw.
The squad of 23 players
Goalkeepers: Michelle Betos, Casey Murphy, Carly Nelson.
Defenders: Lauren Barnes, Amber Brooks, Alana Cook, Steph Cox, Machaela George, Madison Hammond, Celia Jiménez Delgado, Adrienne Jordan, Kristen McNabb, Taylor Smith.
Midfielders : Morgan Andrews, Shirley Cruz, Jess Fishlock, Kelcie Hedge, Allie Long, Rebecca Quinn, Dani Weatherholt, Rosie White.
Forwards: Bethany Balcer, Sofia Huerta, Darian Jenkins, Mariah Lee, Nicole Momiki, Jasmyne Spencer, Jodie Taylor.