LIVE NWSL Challenge Cup semi-final: Houston Dash 1-0 Portland Thorns FC

Daly will be playing in the NWSL Challenge Cup
Daly will be playing in the NWSL Challenge Cup - (Copyright Zuma Press/PA Images)
17:02pm, Wed 22 Jul 2020
CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

The semi-finals of the National Women’s Soccer League Challenge Cup take place today and first up is Houston Dash and Portland Thorns FC.

The other semi-final will take place at 8pm MDT / 3am BST between Chicago Red Stars and Sky Blue FC.

027C2D0D-E605-4FDC-B600-7D5F361AA30F Created with sketchtool. LIVE

Welcome back to the NWSL Challenge Cup!

The tournament has reached the semi-finals and Houston Dash will battle Portland Thorns FC for a spot in the final.

Chicago Red Stars will also be playing Sky Blue FC in the other semi this evening.

Kick off here in just over half an hour

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Dash release starting 11

Dash have announced who will be starting for them today.

Captain Rachel Daly has impressed this tournament and so has keeper Jane Campbell whose performance sent them through to the semi.

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Thorns have announced their starting team

Thorns have released their starting 11

Lindsey Horan, who was an injury risk, is on the bench.

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

15 minutes to go!

Just 15 minutes before this semi-final kicks off!

If the match is a draw at 90 minutes, the teams will face off in a penalty shoot-out.

Who will bag their spot in the final?

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Semi-final is at Rio Tinto stadium

The semi-finals and final will be hosted at the Rio Tinto Stadium.

All other matches before this have been at Zions Bank Stadium.

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Thorns have advantage in the stats

Dash have only beaten Thorns twice in their history.

The last time they were victorious was back in 2016.

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

National anthem

As the national anthem rings out in the stadium, the majority of players and staff have taken a knee

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Kick off!

This semi-final is underway!

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Dash v Thorns 1 min: 0-0

Equal possession so far

Groom attempted to thread the ball through to Daly but Eckerstrom collected and took a goal kick

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Dash v Thorns 3 min: 0-0

Dash’s Prince creates a great chance for Visalli but she can’t get a foot to it

CBAD8A00-D2B9-4E0E-ADDF-D0366C357A34 Created with sketchtool. E9A4AA46-7DC3-48B8-9CE2-D75274FB8967 Created with sketchtool. 65CCAE04-4748-4D0F-8696-A91D8EB3E7DC Created with sketchtool.

Sign up to our newsletter