The NWSL’s second annual Challenge Cup kicked off on Friday, ringing in opening weekend with some noteworthy team debuts.
NWSL (on the field): The NWSL’s second annual kicked off on Friday, ringing in opening weekend with some noteworthy team debuts. put up a fight (almost) with the Portland Thorns before falling 2–1 in their first game under new ownership. On Saturday, expansion team Racing Louisville FC battled for a 2–2 draw with the Orlando Pride.
- As for player debuts, Washington Spirit forward Trinity Rodman had herself a day. The youngest player drafted to the league added another milestone on Saturday with , making her the youngest American to score in the NWSL. Look out.
NWSL (off the field): Unfortunately, there was some seriously troubling news off the pitch. Chicago Red Stars defender Sarah Gorden shared that she and her boyfriend were after Friday’s season opener in Houston. In response, the Houston Dash , blaming COVID-19 protocols for the incident.
- Red Stars assistant coach Scott Parkinson also and the NWSL is investigating the situation. As Gorden : “this is just another reason why we kneel.” , NWSL.
USWNT: Hats off to Carli Lloyd who notched her 300th career with the USWNT on Saturday. Apart from Lloyd’s milestone and Megan Rapinoe’s (pronounced ra-PEE-no) scoring a (does she ever miss?), it was a lackluster day for the typically dominant USWNT who saw their 16-game win streak snapped with a 1–1 draw with Sweden.