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NWSL Challenge Cup Knockout Rounds Released

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The National Women’s Soccer League has released their upcoming knockout round fixtures, beginning with the quarterfinals expected to begin later this week.

The Utah Royals will host the Houston Dash on Friday, July 17 at 8 p.m.

The match will be the second time that the Royals and Dash have met during the Challenge Cup. The first encounter ended in a 3-3 tie after two late Royals’ goals at the death helped secure the hosts a point during their first game of the tournament.

The other quarterfinals consist of the Portland Thorns taking on reigning two-time NWSL Champions North Carolina Courage, Sky Blue FC versus Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars against OL Reign.

The Royals currently sit in fifth place in the Challenge Cup standings with one win, one draw and two losses. Every team is currently chasing North Carolina Courage who has mustered four wins from their four games.

How To Watch

The quarterfinal and semifinal matches will be broadcast on CBS All-Access, while the final will be made available to the public via CBS.

Tom Hackett is a Utah and Real Salt Lake Insider for and host of the It’s Utah’s World Podcast (Utah Football themed) and The Lion’s Den Podcast (Real Salt Lake themed). Follow him on Twitter: @TomCantHackett.