As it happened: The Houston Dash beat the Chicago Red Stars to the NWSL Challenge Cup


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Nobody would have predicted that the Dash would find themselves in the final, nevermind win the tournament before the Challenge Cup took place.

Just over one minute left

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Three minutes of added time left...
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Groom finds herself one-on-one, and she rounds the goalkeeper before scoring into an open net
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90' The Challenge Cup's underdogs are closing in on a victory
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89' Juiliet Bingham replaces Bianca St.Georges
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89' Not long left to go and Erin Simon receives a yellow card for a tackle.
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Oyster brought down by Hill inside of the box and it's a free-kick for the Dash
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Hanson picks up a yellow card for timewasting
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78' Latsko replaces Visalli
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Water break

75' Fifteen minutes to go, can the Dash gold on to it
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68' Sharples departs the pitch in place of Zoey Goralski
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67' McCaskill hits the free-kick and itis tipped over by Jane Campbell
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66' Freekick for the Red Stars 20 yards out
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Daly breaks through the Dash defence but her shot is deflected behind
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It has now been confirmed that Sam Mewis' injury was to her left hamstring
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63' It's a good delivery from Daly but it's just over the head of Kizer
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Rachel Daly fouled at the byline 20 yards out and its a free kick for the Dash
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Chicago Red Stars go forward but they're flagged for offside
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Neither side have looked that good in this half and it doesn't seem like it will end up being a high scoring final
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Official word from the NWSL is that it's still TBD whether this Challenge Cup Best XI will count toward allocation money eligibility.
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54' Watt runs inside of the box but her shot is saved after it is deflected
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Prince cannons down the right but her shot is nowhere near the goalkeeper
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52' Hill goes forward but is adjudged to be offside
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50' Daly strikes from range but it is a comfortable save
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Two back-to-back corners are stopped by Naeher
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Megan Oyster is currently playing with a broken rib. That is all.
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49' Corner for the Red Stars 
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Teams coming back out

Both sides are coming back out now, with the second half fast approaching
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Tournament best XI

Here's the official NWSL Challenge Cup best XI:
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Half Time: Houston Dash 1-0 Chicago Red Stars

The Dash's early penalty goal is the only thing that separates the two as we go into the break
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Not long left in the first half now
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Two minutes of added time
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Rachel Hill is taken down in her own box and the ball goes behind for a goal-kick
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Red Stars have had quite a few opportunities but have lacked the clinical edge
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It's a bad corner and the inswinger goes straight out
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Corner is deflected behind for a goal-kick
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Free-kick for the Red Stars going forwards after a handball from Naughton
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Ball reaches Visalli at the back post but it is hit over the top of the net
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Corner for Houston after Ertz puts the ball behind
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Report is that Mewis' substitution was made for 'player welfare' which doesn't say much about what has happened
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'34 Daley goes forward but is flagged up for offside
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The players are back on the pitch now
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Water break

It's a hydration break as the players leave the pitch
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Seems like it might have been Mewis' hamstring. She leaves the pitch half an hour in in tears
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Early substitution, Kristie Mewis goes off the pitch with what seems to be a knee injury and Cece Kizer replaces her
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Prince drives through on the right, an appeal for a penalty but it is waved away
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Johnson shoots from distance but it is stopped by Jane Campbell
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Houston have struggled since scoring their early goal, they don't look comfortable sitting on top of a lead
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Red Stars going forward a lot better now but still not troubling the goalkeeper
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McCaskill goes forwards well but her shot is blocked by a Dash defender
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Not much going on at the moment in the game, neither side look threatening in front of goal
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It's end-to-end stuff at the minute, the Dash still looking the better of the two
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17' Red Stars slowly finding their way into this game, going forwards well
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McCaskill finds herself in front of an open goal from six yards out but hits the post
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14' Daly really impressing from the start up front for the Dash
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In case you missed it, there have been a total of 0 positive COVID-19 tests throughout the entire campaign
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12' Dash holding the ball well at the back, passing it around their defence
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9' Dash playing really well in the start of this game, focusing their attack down the wing. Red Stars barely getting into the opposition half
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7' Prince breaks through on the right but her cross goes just over Visalli
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Terrible defending from Chicago for the early penalty, dragging down an onrunning Mewis inside of the box.
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The dash grab the lead in the fifth minute as Schmidt scores her penalty
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Sophie Schmidt steps up
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Mewis is taken down inside of the box and it's a penalty for the Dash. Yellow card for Sharples
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The Dash get us started well, passing the ball around the back
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1' We're underway"

The game has now kicked off
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The national anthem is over and the teams are nearly ready to start
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The vast majority of players take a knee as the national anthem is played
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The teams are out!

Both teams are now out on the pitch
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There's not long to go until kickoff in today's game
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Bri Visalli stars

One player who has really impressed in the Challenge Cup has been Dash forward Bri Visalli.

Joining from Birmingham City in the Women's Super League where she was a regular in a side which had struggled in the 2019/20 campaign, she has played a key part of Houston's Challenge Cup so far

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Red Stars gaining support from all of Chicago

The Red Stars have seen support from much of the city. The Cubs, Bears, Blackhawks and the city's mayor have all tweeted in support of the side ahead of their cup final today
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Houston Dash: Starting Lineup

Here's how the Dash will line up in tonight's clash:
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Chicago Red Stars: Starting Lineup

The Red Stars have announced their starting lineup!
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First time for both sides

Still no lineups...

No matter who wins today, it will be a first NWSL victory for either side.

The Dash are the most surprising out of the two, with it being very unlikely that anybody would have predicted that they would find themselves in the final.

The Red Stars were last year's runners up and will be looking to take home the trophy to Chicago, but will they be able to defeat the underdogs?

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45 minutes to go and we're still yet to receive the starting lineups
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Full match preview

Ahead of today's game, why not read VAVEL's full preview of the match?

You can fnd it, written by Adam Millington, here

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60 minutes to go

One hour until kickoff and we should have team news soon
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How to watch on TV and Stream

For those in North America, CBS will have coverage of today's NWSL Challenge Cup final

If you are an international viewer, the game is available on

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Pre-match press conferences

You can watch both of the pre-match press conferences in the video embeds below
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Not long to go!

There's just over ninety minutes until kickoff
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Semi-final reminder

After a set of quarter-finals which saw only a single goal across all three matches, it was a very different event in the semi-finals.

The Dash booked their ticket in today's game with a 1-0 victory against the Portland Thorns, Rachel Daly scoring the only goal of the game.

Bianca St.Georges was the standout player for the Red Stars in their game against Sky Blue. She scored, assisted and created a goal as the Chicago side edged out a 3-2 win.

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90 minutes to go

There's only 90 minutes left until the NWSL Challenge Cup final.

Stay tuned for all of VAVEL UK's LIVE coverage of Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash

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Pride backing both sides

If there's been one common theme throughout the Challenge Cup, it's that whoever the Orlando Pride back loses their game.

However, there's been a twist for the final with the Pride choosing to 'stan' both. What will happen when Chicago play Houston?

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Daly the MVP

Houston Dash defender Rachel Daly has been named as the NWSL Challenge Cup MVP for her performances so far in the tournament
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Team news

Here's the latest news on who will and won't be available for this evening's game
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Game day!

It's game day and there are just over six hours to go until kickoff in Utah!

Will the Dash be able to pull off an upset and pick up their first-ever NWSL title? 

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Do not miss a detail of the match with the live updates and commentaries of VAVEL. Follow along with us all the details, commentaries, analysis and lineups for Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash.
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Last meeting

The two last played each other in September of 2019, where the Red Stars were 3-0 victors over the Dash

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How to watch Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash Live TV and Stream

If you want to watch the game on TV in the US, your options are: CBS, CBS All Access

If you want to directly stream it outside of the US:

If you want to watch it on the internet, VAVEL UK is your best option!

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Houston Dash: Predicted Lineup

Campbell; Hanson, Prisock, Naughton, Chapman; Groom, Mewis, Schmidt; Visalli, Daly, Prince
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Chicago Red Stars: Predicted Lineup

Naeher; Goralski, St.Georges, Ertz, Gorden; Colaprico, DiVernardo, McCaskill; Johnson, Gill, Ohai Watt
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Dash in first final

The Houston Dash have never before been in a normal NWSL final, or even in the playoffs.

However, they have come through as underdogs in this competition and put aside both the Utah Royals and the Portland Thorns in the knockout rounds of the Challenge Cup and now find themselves in their first-ever final.

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Can Red Stars win first NWSL title?

Despite featuring in four out of the previous five NWSL playoffs, the Red Stars have not yet won a title.

They came their closest in the 2019 season when they faced the North Carolina Courage in the final, although they lost 4-0.

Will they be able to turn that form around on Sunday

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Sunday's game will likely be the final women's football game in the United States for quite some time, with no news as to when the NWSL may return
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Kick-off time

Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash will be played at the Zions Bank Stadium, in Utah, United States. The kick-off is scheduled at 17:30 BST.
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Welcome to VAVEL UK’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup final: Chicago Red Stars vs Houston Dash! My name is Adam Millington and I’ll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, roster updates, and news as it happens live here on