NWSL Challenge Cup to Feature Former UWS Players

26 Jun 2020
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Chloe Castaneda (Santa Clarita Blue Heat) / Photo by Roberto Kozek

14 UWS Alumnae will play in the NWSL Challenge Cup

METUCHEN, NJ – United Women’s Soccer (UWS) is excited to follow 14 UWS alumnae as they participate in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Challenge Cup, beginning this weekend. The one-off tournament features eight NWSL teams playing 23 games in eight match days in Herriman, Utah through July 13. Each team will then be seeded according to record and entered into the knockout round, culminating with the final on July 26 at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

“I look forward to watching many of our UWS alums take the pitch on Saturday and I am extremely excited about the return of the NWSL. It is amazing to see so many former players on professional teams, here and abroad, in the league’s four years of existence”, states League Commissioner Joe Ferrara.

UWS will have its 14 former players spread out over seven teams in the tournament, meaning each game will feature at least one UWS alumnae.

Chigago Red Stars:

Zoe Morse (Lansing United), Michele Vasconcelos (Real Salt Lake Women)

Houston Dash:

Chloe Castaneda (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

North Carolina Courage:

Stephanie Labbé (Calgary Foothills), Ally Watt (Colorado Pride)

OL Reign:

Bethany Balcer (GRFC Women), Darian Jenkins (Real Salt Lake Women)

Portland Thorns FC:

Madison Pogarch (GRFC Women)

Sky Blue FC:

Sabrina Flores (LA Galaxy OC), Chantelle Swaby (New England Mutiny), Nicole Baxter (NJ Copa FC)

Washington Spirit:

Natalie Jacobs (LA Galaxy OC), Kaiya McCullough (Santa Clarita Blue Heat), Ashley Sanchez (Santa Clarita Blue Heat)

For more information on the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup, click here.

UWS returns to play with two league-sanctioned showcases in the Midwest Conference – the UWS Midwest Showcase and UWS Stadium Showcase. The Midwest Showcase, hosted by Midwest United FC, will take place from July 17-19 in Kentwood, Michigan. The Stadium Showcase, hosted by Detroit City FC, will take place from July 24-25 at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, Michigan.

The schedule for the showcases will be released soon and featured on the league website at uwssoccer.com. Stay informed of the latest news by following @uwssoccer on Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

Read how playing in the UWS national pro-am league has helped these players – Professional Series #1: UWS Alumnae.

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