Ten teams. Four games each. That's the makeup of the NWSL Challenge Cup, which finds itself at the championship game on Saturday, May 8.
The two squads that will face off in the final are NY/NY Gotham FC and Portland Thorns FC, which finished first in their respective divisions.
Portland did so in greater fashion, with 10 points from three straight wins over Kansas City, Chicago Red Stars and then OL Reign, following an opening draw against Houston Dash. It was an equitable campaign, with the team's six goals coming from six players — Simone Charley, Lindsey Horan, Tyler Lussi, Rocky Rodriguez, Christine Sinclair and Morgan Weaver. Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch recorded two clean sheets and gave up just two goals.
Gotham, meanwhile, managed eight points, opening with a pair of scoreless draws before winning out over Orlando and North Carolina. NY/NJ made the most of those two wins, though, with four goals against North Carolina and one more against Orlando. Keeper Diddi Haracic came away with three clean sheets — but it was the 4-3 victory over the Courage that provided the lone blemish.
That sets the stage for Saturday's game, which is relegated to streaming only on Paramount Plus, and not on CBSSN (because college lacrosse) or CBS proper (because PGA Tour). Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Eastern (that's 10 a.m. on the West Coast).
Paramount+ is the streaming service formerly known as CBS All Access. In addition to the NWSL, Paramount Plus has all kinds of live sports, from the Champions League to regional NFL games. It's also where you'll find the extended Star Trek universe (save for the Kelvin timeline films), the ever-growing Yellowstone universe, and a host of new originals shows.
The Paramount Plus price currently comes in at $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year if you don't mind advertising in your on-demand content. It runs $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year if you want to get rid of most advertising. In June, the $5.99 option will be replaced by a $4.99-a-month option that doesn't include a stream of your local CBS affiliate, which could curb your plans to stream NFL games.
Regardless, you'll want to take advantage of the Paramount Plus free trial in any event.
Paramount Plus is available on every major streaming platform. That means you can watch Paramount+ on Roku. Or you can watch Paramount Plus on Amazon Fire TV. Same goes for Paramount+ on Apple TV, or Google TV, or Android TV, or in a web browser, if that's what you prefer.
Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for AndroidCentral.com and Mobile Nations, is the Dad part of Modern Dad, and is editor of WhatToWatch.com.
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