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OL Reign v. Racing Louisville: Challenge Cup semifinal gamethread

Will the third time be the charm for OL Reign in the NWSL Challenge Cup knockout rounds?

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Mike Russell / Sounder at Heart

OL Reign has another big knockout match tonight. The Reign host Racing Louisville in the NWSL Challenge Cup semifinal at Lumen Field, with the winner advancing to the final on Saturday.

Tonight's match kicks off at 7 PM PT and will air on CBS Sports Network. That means it won't be available on Paramount+ for fans in the U.S.

OL Reign earned the top seed after going undefeated in the Challenge Cup group stage. The team rotated heavily and didn't concede a goal in six matches. Racing Louisville went 4-2-0, scoring 10 goals and conceding six.

Due to its kickoff at 9:30 AM PT, Saturday's final will be held at the home stadium of either the North Carolina Courage or Kansas City Current – whoever wins the other semifinal – despite the Reign earning the top seed. The Courage and Current kick off at 5 PM PT tonight, also on CBSSN.

There's a $1.1 million prize pool to be split among all four semifinalists, with the largest portion going to the top two teams.

What to Watch

  • How Seattle deals with Racing's early pressure
  • Can Seattle consistently send balls behind Racing's backline
  • Let's score early – and often




28' - Sam Hiatt accidentally passes to Kirsten Davis on a free kick, and she has no trouble finishing into the far corner. 1-0 Racing Louisville.

Injury / Availability Report

OL Reign

OUT: Bethany Balcer (leg), Rose Lavelle (leg)

Racing Louisville

OUT: Taylor Alymer (suspension), Jordan Baggett (lower leg), Jordyn Bloomer (D45 – back), Jess McDonald (maternity leave), Carson Pickett (lower leg)
QUESTIONABLE: Jaelin Howell (hip)

How to Watch

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 6, 7 PM PT

Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA

TV: CBS Sports Network

Streaming: NWSL Website (International)

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