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NWSL and WNBA Schedule and Preview for This Week where, when, and how to watch each game all in one


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All times eastern unless otherwise specified


Saturday, September 25th


There are two NWSL games this Saturday, as Gotham faces the Courage, and the Red Stars take on the Thorns.


Gotham FC vs. North Carolina Courage

  • 3:00 pm

  • Where to watch:

    • US: Paramount+

    • International: Twitch (nwslofficial2)


Midge Purce and Paige Monahan are both returning from injury for Gotham. Could this be the boost they need to beat the third ranked Courage? It would be a much needed three points for Gotham, as they try to move up the standings into a playoff position, but getting that win could be a difficult task against a strong North Carolina side.


Chicago Red Stars vs. Portland Thorns

  • 8:00 pm

  • Where to watch:

    • US: Paramount+

    • International: Twitch (nwslofficial4)


Earlier this season the Thorns came away with a 5-0 victory against the Red Stars. However, Chicago has improved since then, or perhaps that was just an off night, as they are now fifth in the standings. The Thorns remain at the top of the table as they have been for most of the season. Will the Red Stars be able to redeem themselves from that early season embarrassing defeat in this match? In any case, the Thorns will be hoping this game goes better than their bus ride (everyone is okay).


Sunday, September 26th


Sunday is a packed day, with two WNBA single elimination games, and three NWSL games.


(4) Seattle Storm vs. (5) Phoenix Mercury

  • 3:00 pm

  • Watch on ABC


Phoenix is coming off a narrow victory over New York Thursday night, while Seattle earned a bye through the first round. A lot of this matchup will come down to who’s healthy. It is still unknown if Diana Taurasi will be healthy for the Mercury, and if Breanna Stewart will be available for the Storm. Regardless of the status of these two players, it should still be a fantastic game, with the high stakes of single elimination.


Racing Louisville vs. Houston Dash

  • 3:00 pm

  • Where to watch:

    • US: Paramount+

    • International: Twitch (nwslofficial2)


Racing Loiusiville have faced their fair share of struggles and losses this season, but they do have a talented roster with attacking players like Ebony Salmon, Jorian Baucom, and Yuki Nagasato. Emily Fox at outside back, is another dangerous player to watch from Louisville. On the other side, Kristie Mewis, Rachel Daly, and Nichelle Prince are always creating chances in the Houston attack. It should be a fun and fairly evenly matched game.


(3) Minnesota Lynx vs. (6) Chicago Sky

  • 5:00 pm

  • Watch on ESPN2


Now this is a matchup I’m very excited to watch, as I really can see it going either way. The Chicago Sky have a ton of potential that didn’t seem to fully materialize this season, but perhaps they’re figuring things out at the right moment. They beat the Wings by nearly twenty on Thursday, and have a roster loaded with talent. The Minnesota Lynx more than proved themselves this season on the way to the third seed, and first round bye. I expect a close and entertaining game.


Washington Spirit vs. KC Woso

  • 5:00 pm

  • Where to watch:

    • US: Paramount+

    • International: Twitch (nwslofficial4)


If you’ve been paying any attention at all to the NWSL, you know how much of a mess the Washington Spirit are right now. The last time they played a game was all the way back on August 29th, so almost a month ago. On the other hand, KC has been trending upward, recently announcing that they will play their 2022 home matches at Children’s Mercy Park. On the field though, the Spirit seem to have the advantage. But given all of the outside circumstances, I have no idea how this game will go.


OL Reign vs. Orlando Pride

  • 7:00 pm

  • Where to watch:

    • Both US and International: Twitch (nwslofficial)


This is an exciting matchup, between two strong and seemingly playoff bound teams. OL Reign appear to have finally clicked, and converted their abundance of individual talent into a dynamic team. They’ve won four of their last five. The Pride currently sit at fourth, and are staying right on track to make the playoffs. Sydney Leroux has been on fire for them in the attack. In fact, this game features the two leaders in the golden boot race - Bethany Balcer of the Reign and Sydeny Leroux of the Pride, with eight goals apiece.


Tuesday, September 28th


On Tuesday, the best of five WNBA semifinals will tip off. The Sun will face the lower remaining seed, while the Aces will face the higher remaining seed.


(1) Connecticut Sun vs. TBD

  • 8:00 pm

  • Where to watch: TBD


(2) Las Vegas Aces vs TBD

  • 10:00 pm

  • Where to watch: TBD


Thursday, September 30th


Thursday’s WNBA games feature the same schedule as on Tuesday. There will no doubt be some exciting playoff basketball.


(1) Connecticut Sun vs. TBD

  • 8:00 pm

  • Where to watch: TBD


(2) Las Vegas Aces vs. TBD

  • 10:00 pm

  • Where to watch: TBD



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