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Houston Dash forward Rachel Daly (3) celebrates with her teammates after scoring against the Portland Thorns during the second half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer semifinal match Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Sandy, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NWSL's virus protocols successful as tournament final nears

Jul. 24, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

As Portland Thorns coach Mark Parsons got ready to head home after his team was eliminated from the Challenge Cup, he said he was honestly surprised the National Women's Soccer League pulled off the tournament. “I was one who, when I first heard it, I was like, 'No chance. This is impossible,'” he...

Chicago Red Stars' Bianca St. Georges, left, and Reign's Sofia Huerta (20) battle for the ball during the first half of an NWSL Challenge Cup soccer match at Zions Bank Stadium, Saturday, July 18, 2020, in Herriman, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Red Stars win 4-3 on penalties after 0-0 draw with the Reign

Jul. 19, 2020 12:35 AM EDT

HERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — The Chicago Red Stars advanced to the semifinals of the National Women's Soccer League's Challenge Cup tournament, prevailing 4-3 on penalties after a scoreless draw with OL Reign on Saturday night. Lauren Barnes' attempt for the Reign hit the post to seal it for Chicago, which will...

Today in History

Jul. 7, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 189th day of 2020. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka Lewis...

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...

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. ...

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....

FILE - In this March 8, 2020, file photo, United States defender Crystal Dunn, who plays for the North Carolina Courage of the National Women's Soccer League, plays during the first half of a SheBelieves Cup soccer match against Spain, in Harrison, N.J. The NWSL opens its Challenge Cup tournament on Saturday, June 27, 2020, and the pressure is on as the first professional team sport in the United States to play amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

NWSL takes field first as other pro leagues chart futures

Jun. 26, 2020 7:34 PM EDT

The National Women’s Soccer League opens its Challenge Cup tournament Saturday and the pressure is on as it becomes the first professional team sports league to play in the U.S. amid the coronavirus pandemic. Many of the players aren't as concerned about being first as they are eager to get back on the...

FILE - In this April 15, 2017, file photo, Portland Thorns forward Christine Sinclair celebrates scoring a goal during the second half of their NWSL soccer match against the Orlando Pride in Portland, Ore. The National Women's Soccer League opens its Challenge Cup tournament on Saturday, June 27, 2020, and the pressure is on as the first professional team sport in the United States to play amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

8-team field set as NWSL opens play with Utah tournament

Jun. 26, 2020 3:12 PM EDT

OL REIGN 2019 RECORD: 10-6-8, finished fourth. COACH: Farid Benstiti, first season. KEY PLAYERS: Midfielder Jessica Fishlock, midfielder Allie Long, midfielder Shirley Cruz, forward Jodie Taylor. WHO IS MISSING: Midfielder Megan Rapinoe opted out of the tournament. Defender Julia Ashley is injured. WHAT TO...

FILE - In this  Friday, May 24, 2019 file photo, Allie Long, a member of the United States women's national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a media day in New York.  Allie Long is likely the only National Women’s Soccer League Player that launched a new career while sheltering at home. Long has been playing video games on Twitch and has built a solid reputation in the gaming world – so much so that she’s been able to raise some serious money for charities, while also educating fellow gamers about women’s soccer.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Allie Long spent lockdown becoming a celebrity gamer

Jun. 25, 2020 8:10 PM EDT

Allie Long is likely the only National Women’s Soccer League player who launched a new career while sheltering at home. Long has been playing video games on Twitch and has built a solid reputation in the gaming world – so much so that she’s been able to raise some serious money for...

FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2020, file photo, Costa Rica forward Raquel Rodriguez, top, is knocked over by Canada defender Allysha Chapman during the first half of a CONCACAF women's Olympic qualifying soccer match in Carson, Calif. Raquel Rodriguez, better known as Rocky to her fans, was in route to join her new National Women’s Soccer League team when sports were shut down by the coronavirus.  It certainly wasn’t an ideal start for the Costa Rican striker with the Portland Thorns. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, Fle)

Rodriguez ready despite somewhat strange start with Thorns

Jun. 25, 2020 12:40 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Raquel Rodriguez was on her way to join her new National Women’s Soccer League team when sports were suddenly shut down by the coronavirus. It certainly wasn’t an ideal start for the Costa Rican striker with the Portland Thorns. Rodriguez nonetheless bonded —...