2020 NWSL Challenge Cup Hot Takes Blog

This is not going to go well. Let’s face it: the takes will be lukewarm at best. Also, lukewarm is a weird word.

Event
2020 NWSL Challenge Cup
Event status
Finished
Brandi Ortega
Brandi Ortega
June 27, 2020
11:09 am

Lots of subs and rookies getting meaningful playing time who otherwise wouldn't. Has to be done in a tournament setting. USWNT players' minutes are being monitored by U.S. Vlatko Andonovski and staff so big opportunities for other players to make their cases.

 

Brandi Ortega
Brandi Ortega
June 27, 2020
10:48 am

Second half starting and Portland makes the first sub: Celeste Boureille in for Angela Salem.

Brandi Ortega
Brandi Ortega
June 27, 2020
10:48 am

Heading into halftime at 0–0 and just trying to absorb the NWSL being back. It's a lot. Game is choppy, as expected. Rookie NC Courage defender Addisyn Merrick is doing well.

This was an amazing show of unity:

Brandi Ortega
Brandi Ortega
June 27, 2020
9:31 am

This intro bangs.

Brandi Ortega
Brandi Ortega
June 27, 2020
9:08 am

A couple of things:

ANGELA SALEM! Long-time vet and unheralded, a real pro's pro. The game is better with her in it.

So excited to see the Lindsey Horan and Rocky Rodríguez midfield combo for the Thorns.

Rookie Addisyn Merrick out of Kansas gets the start for North Carolina. The jump from college to the pros is always an adjustment, even for the best rookies — the pace of the game being just one adjustment. If North Carolina head coach Paul Riley thinks Merrick is ready, it's a good indication that she's already adjusted to the pro level.

Brandi Ortega
Brandi Ortega
June 27, 2020
9:04 am

Starting lineups in for #NCvPOR:


 


 

 

Brandi Ortega
Brandi Ortega
June 27, 2020
8:43 am

Yo. Legit excited.