The NWSL regular season enters week 10 on Friday as the 2021 regular season continues. The league continues to navigate the Olympic portion of the schedule with a host of stars of competing in Tokyo, opening up spots for other players to make their mark. Fans can watch games across CBS platforms, including Paramount+ for games over the weekend.
Five games are on the docket over the weekend, Friday kicks off week two action as Kansas City NWSL host North Carolina Courage. Saturday's double header will begin with Orlando Pride and OL Reign going head to head, and Houston Dash will host Portland Thorns FC. Sunday will feature NJ/NY Gotham FC against Chicago Red Stars, and Racing Louisville FC will face Washington Spirit to close out the weekend.
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Here's how to watch and what to know about the games this weekend:
Friday, July 23
- Kansas City NWSL vs. North Carolina Courage, 8:00 p.m. ET (Twitch)
Saturday, July 24
- Orlando Pride vs. OL Reign, 7:00 p.m. ET (Twitch)
- Houston Dash vs. Portland Thorns FC, 8:30 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
Sunday, July 25
- NJ/NY Gotham FC vs. Chicago Red Stars, 5:00 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
- Racing Louisville FC vs. Washington Spirit, 7:30 p.m. ET (Paramount+)
Kansas City and North Carolina shake up rosters
The two sides engaged in a trade earlier this week to shake things on their respective rosters. Kansas City traded veteran forward Amy Rodriguez and $60,000 of Allocation Money in exchange for Kristen Hamilton, Hailie Mace and Katelyn Rowland.
The trade is a huge necessity for Kansas City as they sit bottom of the table in 10th place and are currently hit with big injury bug on the team. They'll be without eight players to injury on top of three international players out for Olympic duty. If Rodriguez can find chemistry quickly with Jessica McDonald, the trade could be a big win for North Carolina.
Orlando winless in four games
Orlando Pride are now winless in their last four matches with three losses and one draw after opening their regular season with a seven game unbeaten streak.
The team has scored goals in late game stoppage time scenarios in their previous two matches but will need a better performance from their midfield if they want to contend against some big names in OL Reign. The Reign are also looking for a bounce back after losing 3-1 to Chicago last week. Midfielders Jess Fishlock, Sofia Huerta, and Dzenifer Maroszan could dictate things for the team on the road in Orlando. Reign desperately need some points to get back on track as despite all their high profile stars, they currently sit in ninth place.
Houston host Portland
Third-place Houston Dash will host first-place Portland Thorns FC at BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas as the battle at the top of the league table heats up. The two sides are both coming off 2-1 wins in the previous week and have had some impressive performances over the Olympic stretch of the regular season with each team showing off the depth of their squads. Look for Morgan Weaver to stay active in the attack for Portland while Shea Groom continues to lead Houston in midfield.
Gotham's defense vs Own Goal
NJ/NY Gotham FC sport the best defense in the league with fewest goals allowed this season, and last week Chicago made the record books with most forced own goals in a regular season. The Red Stars have forced five own goals this year, with each coming over their last three matches. Gotham's backline have fewest goals allowed with five, to go along with five clean sheets. Look for a midfield battle in this match as McCall Zerboni and Allie Long go up against Morgan Gautrat and Vanessa DiBernardo.
Louisville host Washington
Racing Louisville FC are back from their bye-week and will host Washington Spirit at Lynn Family Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. The host team could welcome the debut of Dutch international Nadia Nadim after signing her to Louisville from Paris Saint-Germain. Nadim is another attacking piece for Louisville to have in their arsenal along with fellow international signing in England's Ebony Salmon. The Spirit will welcome the return of defender Samantha Stabb. The centerback was issued a red card in the previous match against Gotham FC, but the card was appealed and rescinded.