The National Women’s Soccer League rolls on with the 2020 Challenge Cup as tournament hosts Utah Royals FC square off against a Houston Dash squad that is looking to rebound after a disappointing 2019 season. Houston has finished behind Utah in each of the past two seasons.
Below you’ll find out how to watch the game and what to know.
- Date: Tuesday, June 30
- Time: 12:30 p.m. ET
- Location: Zions Bank Stadium — Herriman, Utah
- Live stream: CBS All Access
- Odds: Houston Dash -150; Draw +260; Utah Royals FC +300 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
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Houston Dash: Houston coach James Clarkson hinted that every match played in the preliminary round will treated as preparation for the knockout stage. And he’s not wrong about that, especially as you try to work out the kinks after a disappointing 2019 campaign that saw the Dash only win seven out of their 24 games and ultimately led to some roster changes. Look for veteran midfielder Kristie Mewis, who received a surprise call-up to the U.S. women’s national team at the end of 2019 in her first season back from an torn ACL, to play a big factor in this one.
Utah Royals FC: Utah will be without several of its key contributors for the opener either due to injury or personal issues. Kelley O’Hara is dealing with a left quad, Mallory Weber has a right quad injury, Desiree Scott is on personal leave and Aminata Diallo, who is on loan from Paris Saint-Germain is on international quarantine. The good thing for the Royals is that every team has a guaranteed spot into the knockout stage, so it doesn’t matter how you start the tourney — it’s how you finish it.
These teams might need the first 45 minutes to settle in, but look for the Dash to cruise past a depleted Utah squad, with goals coming from Mewis and England international Rachel Daly. Pick: Houston Dash 2, Utah Royals 0.
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