27 June 2020

LIVE NWSL Challenge Cup: North Carolina Courage v Portland Thorns

The National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup kicks off shortly, the first league to return in North America.

The opening match will be between defending league champions North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns.

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Both teams show support for Black Lives Matter

Both the Thorns and Courage have shown their support for the Black Lives Matter movement in training

We are minutes away from kick off!

The NWSL is nearly back underway!

Taking a knee

Both teams have taken a knee for the national anthem in light of the Black Lives Matter movement

Teams explain taking a knee decision

Both teams took a knee, including the sub bench 

Black Lives Matter silence

Before the game gets underway there is a moment of silence while eight minutes and 46 seconds is displayed on the stadium screen.

Players and staff have again taken a knee

And we’re underway!

Over 100 days since domestic sports were suspended in the US

We have kicked off!

Courage v Thorns: 0-0

Good attack play from both sides so far.

A lot of play in Courage’s half

Courage v Thorns

Three minutes in and Lynn Williams gets a shot on target.

Corner awarded for Courage

Courage v Thorns: 0-0

Corner posed no threat and was easily defended by Thorns’ Lindsay Horan

Courage v Thorns: 0-0

Thorns have a free kick.

Will this be the first goal?

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