The day has come. The final match of the NWSL Challenge Cup is here, with your Portland Thorns set to face off against the newly branded NY/NJ Gotham FC. It’s a battle of two teams that have shown just how dominant they can be throughout the tournament, and they’re coming to a head in an early showdown.
The Thorns have a chance to be the top NWSL team for the first time since ... well, technically last year when they won the Fall Series. But it’s the first time they’ll have a chance to raise a trophy above their heads since 2017, back when they took down the North Carolina Courage and were crowned the NWSL Champions.
I would say the Thorns have a good shot of coming out on top today. They’ve already faced the Houston Dash, a team who our own Grant Little described as the perfect warm-up for this final. They have another game at full strength together. Why shouldn’t the Thorns come out with a win? I see no reason. But soccer is a sport that often produces ludicrous results without reason, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Location: Providence Park | Portland, OR
Kick-Off: 10 a.m. PST
Streaming: Paramount+, Twitch (International Only)
Grant Little has you covered on everything you need to know. Read his mega-preview here.
Portland Thorns FC:
Our 2021 Challenge Cup final Starting XI.#CC21 | #BAONPDX pic.twitter.com/lT73An9gwf— Portland Thorns FC (@ThornsFC) May 8, 2021
Their turf. Our game. Your Starting XI— NJ/NY Gotham FC (@GothamFC) May 8, 2021
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