What to Watch For: Courage vs. Thorns in the NWSL Championship
Gameday guide for the 2017 NWSL Championship
Courage coach Paul Riley, Courage defender Abby Erceg, Thorns forward Christine Sinclair and Thorns coach Mark Parsons (Photo credit:  Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)
Courage coach Paul Riley, Courage defender Abby Erceg, Thorns forward Christine Sinclair and Thorns coach Mark Parsons (Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com)
North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC NWSL Championship

Where: Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida

When: Saturday, October 14 at 4:30 p.m. ET

Tickets: Buy now

Where to Watch: Lifetime

Also available on: mylifetime.com, and the Lifetime iOS and Android apps in the United States; International viewers: NWSLSoccer.com and the NWSL  iOS and Android apps.

Going to the Game?

Important Orlando City Stadium has a clear bag policy. Get more information

Find out more about the stadium and the experience around the game by visiting NWSLChampionship.com.

Media Day Highlights

By Katelyn Best

North Carolina Courage midfielder McCall Zerboni: “I definitely feel it’s probably one of the best competitions you’re going to see in the world. These are two great squads with a lot of talent, and a lot of dynamics to them, and a lot of strengths. Both sides don’t have many weaknesses. To kind of find those weaknesses and attack them is going to be difficult. I imagine it’s going to be a low-scoring game. It’s not easy to score goals in games like this.”

Read more Courage Media Day highlights

Portland Thorns FC midfielder Tobin Heath: “The defense has been huge. I think it’s very collective, I think everyone’s on the same page. It’s almost like if one person gets beat, there’s another person, and another person, and another person. It’s a really great mentality to have. We always talk about defense winning championships. Our defense has done an amazing job, and it’s shown in our performances. It’s just a really hard group to break down.”

Read more Thorns Media Day highlights



By the Numbers:

North Carolina Courage

16-7-1, 49 points (1st place)

Lynn Williams (9 goals, 5 assists), Ashley Hatch (7 goals, 1 assist)

Katelyn Rowland (8 shutouts)

38 goals for, 22 goals against


Portland Thorns FC

14-5-5, 27 points (2nd place)

Christine Sinclair (8 goals), Nadia Nadim (6 goals, 3 assists), Hayley Raso (6 goals, 3 assists)

Adrianna Franch (11 shutouts)

37 goals for, 20 goals against


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The Last Times They Met

The North Carolina Courage and Portland Thorns FC faced off twice in the 2017 NWSL regular season, with each team winning at home by the score of 1-0.


They’re set to meet for the third and final time this season with everything at stake in the 2017 NWSL Championship. They’ll meet on a neutral field, Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Florida on Saturday (4:30 p.m. ET, Lifetime).


Both the Courage and Thorns ended up at the top of the table in not just points (Courage — 49, Thorns 47), but also home wins (Thorns — 10, Courage — 9) and goals allowed (Thorns — 20, Courage — 22)


It’s not surprising that both of their meetings this season were close games that went in favor of the home side each time.

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Injury Report

North Carolina Courage

OUT: Liz Eddy (left hamstring strain), Darian Jenkins (D45 – left ankle dislocation/fracture), Yuri Kawamura (SEI – right knee ACL and meniscus tear)


QUESTIONABLE: Debinha (left elbow dislocation)



Portland Thorns FC

OUT: Meg Morris (D45 – left hip inflammation)






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