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Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly, front right, takes a shot as OL Reign defender Amber Brooks, right., looks on during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium, Saturday, July 4, 2020, Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Dash down Reign 2-0 in NWSL's Challenge Cup

Jul. 5, 2020 1:25 AM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Kristie Mewis and Shea Groom scored to give the Houston Dash a 2-0 victory over OL Reign on Saturday night in the group stage of the NWSL’s Challenge Cup tournament. The Dash now have five goals, most of any team in the tournament. Mewis scored in the 12th minute, taking a...

Royals down Sky Blue 1-0 in NWSL's Challenge Cup

Jul. 4, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Amy Rodriguez scored in the 41st minute and the Utah Royals defeated Sky Blue 1-0 on Saturday in a group stage match of the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup tournament. Rodriguez took a cross from Vero Boquete on a perfectly timed run and evaded three defenders for the...

OL Reign forward Bethany Balcer (24) takes shot during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match against the Sky Blue FC at Zions Bank Stadium on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. Balcer didn't come to the National Women's Soccer League by way of a powerhouse college program like North Carolina or UCLA. She didn't come to the league with a national team history or as a top draft pick, either. Balcer forged her own path to OL Reign. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Reign's Bethany Balcer aims to build on rookie NWSL season

Jul. 2, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

Bethany Balcer didn't come to the National Women's Soccer League by way of a powerhouse college program like North Carolina or Stanford. She didn't have a national team history and wasn't a draft pick. Balcer is soccer's version of a walk-on wonder, forging her own path to the OL Reign. The winner of last...

American women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuit

Jul. 2, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even before a trial, American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers. Nicole A. Saharsky, co-head of the Mayer Brown's U.S. Supreme Court and appellate practice, joined the legal team on Thursday along with Brian D. Netter, a...

Chicago Red Stars goalkeeper Cassie Miller dives for the ball during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match against the Portland Thorns FC at Zions Bank Stadium on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, IN Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Thorns, Red Stars play to scoreless draw in NWSL tournament

Jul. 1, 2020 3:32 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — The Portland Thorns and the Chicago Red Stars played to a scoreless draw Wednesday in the group stage of the National Women’s Soccer League’s Challenge Cup tournament. Portland dominated possession and outshot Chicago’s young lineup but couldn’t manage to...

Sky Blue FC forward Midge Purce, left, and OL Reign forward Darian Jenkins (11) vie for the ball during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium on Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

OL Reign, Sky Blue play to scoreless draw in NWSL tournament

Jul. 1, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Sky Blue played to a scoreless draw with OL Reign on Tuesday night in the NWSL's Challenge Cup tournament. Sky Blue goalkeeper Kailen Sheridan leapt to stop Jasmyne Spencer’s breakaway attempt in the 85th minute, preserving the draw in the tournament opener for both teams. ...

Chicago Red Stars' Julie Ertz, left, holds Casey Short after players for their team knelt during the national anthem before an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match against the Washington Spirit at Zions Bank Stadium, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Ertz, Short say soul-searching led to vulnerability on field

Jun. 30, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

Chicago Red Stars teammates Julie Ertz and Casey Short say hard conversations over the past several weeks led to their vulnerability in the moment they shared an emotional embrace while they knelt during the national anthem as the NWSL opened its season. Short sobbed as she was held by Ertz before Chicago's...

Utah Royals FC defender Elizabeth Ball, right, battles with Houston Dash forward Veronica Latsko for the ball during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Royals pull into 3-3 draw with Dash on late King goal

Jun. 30, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Rookie Tziarra King came off the bench and scored her first National Women’s Soccer League goal Tuesday to pull the Utah Royals into a 3-3 draw with the Houston Dash in the Challenge Cup tournament. Rachel Daly scored a pair of goals as the Dash built a 3-1 lead but the Royals...

Chicago Red Stars' Julie Ertz, second from left, holds Casey Short, center, while other players for the team kneel during the national anthem before an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match against the Washington Spirit at Zions Bank Stadium, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Lavelle, Hatch score and Spirit down Red Stars 2-1

Jun. 28, 2020 1:21 AM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Rose Lavelle and Ashley Hatch each scored to give the Washington Spirit a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Red Stars in the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup on Saturday night. The NWSL became the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid coronavirus...

Players for the Portland Thorns, left, and the North Carolina Courage kneel during the national anthem before the start of their NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NWSL players kneel during the national anthem

Jun. 27, 2020 10:44 PM EDT

Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday when the National Women's Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players and coaches wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS....