LIVE NWSL Challenge Cup semi-final: Houston Dash 1-0 Portland Thorns FC
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.
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
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.
Thorns have announced their starting team
Thorns have released their starting 11
Lindsey Horan, who was an injury risk, is on the bench.
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?
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.
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.
As the national anthem rings out in the stadium, the majority of players and staff have taken a knee
This semi-final is underway!
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
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