Portland reached the semifinals of the NWSL's Challenge Cup with a stunning upset of North Carolina, while Houston beat Utah on penalties.
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As the tournament knockout rounds begin Friday, Graham Hays highlights the players who made favorable impressions in the preliminary matches.
North Carolina Courage defender Abby Dahlkemper is excited playing soccer in the bubble in Utah and using her platform to fight for social justice.
All 22 starters from the North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns, along with reserves from both teams, knelt during the national anthem Saturday.
Two-time defending champion North Carolina Courage will play Portland Thorns to kick off the NWSL Challenge Cup on June 27.
North Carolina's second straight championship, a 4-0 win over Chicago, made clear the Courage have built a dynasty in the NWSL.
The North Carolina Courage won their second successive NWSL championship Sunday with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over the Chicago Red Stars.
The reigning champion Courage still feel as if they have plenty to prove, while MVP front-runner Sam Kerr looks to end the year on a high note.
Debinha scored on a free kick in extra time to snap a 1-1 tie, and the Courage went on to top Reign FC Sunday to reach the NWSL championship game.
Western Sydney Wanderers have landed a coup in signing United States forward Lynn Williams for the upcoming W-League season, sources have told ESPN.
At 25, Alex Greenwood just started for England in her second World Cup and is the splashy summer signing for Lyon, which seeks its first ICC title.
Lyon rode its rock-star roster. The Courage relied on their relentless, grinding resolve. They meet again in the International Champions Cup final.
Can the NWSL's Courage win the International Champions Cup for a second straight year? Or will Lyon, Manchester City or Atletico take the title?
Sam Kerr has returned to the scoring ranks in the NWSL with a brilliantly-taken goal that secured Chicago a 2-1 home victory over North Carolina.
New Zealand women's captain Abby Erceg has launched a broadside at New Zealand Football while announcing her retirement from the international game.