See the KC Current 2022 schedule for NWSL Challenge Cup matches

The KC Current of the National Women's Soccer League will play three Challenge Cup matches at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas over the next month and a half.

The KC Current of the National Women’s Soccer League will play three Challenge Cup games at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas over the next month and a half.

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The Kansas City Current women’s soccer team has taken notice of its schedule for the NWSL Challenge Cup.

The team will open the annual spring tournament on March 18 at Racing Louisville FC and will play its first home game – at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas – on April 2.

The NWSL Challenge Cup precedes the National Women’s Soccer League regular season. The league’s 12 teams will be split into thirds, with the Current competing in the Central group alongside the Chicago Red Stars, Houston Dash and Louisville.

The Current will play their first three Challenge Cup games on the road and their next three at Children’s Mercy Park – their home this season as they build a new riverside stadium near downtown Kansas City.

“The Cup is an exciting competition to kick off our 10th anniversary season,” said Liz Dalton, NWSL Head of Competition and Player Affairs, “and we are thrilled to provide another opportunity to crown a champion. “

The Current’s 2022 Challenge Cup schedule is as follows (all times listed here are Central Time):

  • Friday, March 18: in Louisville, 6:30 p.m.

  • Friday, March 25: in Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 30: in Houston, 7:30 p.m.

  • Saturday, April 2: vs. Louisville, 2 p.m.

  • Friday, April 15: vs. Houston, 7 p.m.

  • Sunday, April 24: vs. Chicago, 4 p.m.

The Current could play two more Challenge Cup games. The semi-final and final rounds of the tournament are scheduled for Wednesday, May 4 and Saturday, May 7, respectively.

The top seed in each group advances to the semi-finals. The second place with the best record will be the fourth seed for the semi-finals.

Notably, there will be no 30 minutes of extra time in the event that a game is tied for 90 minutes. Full-time tied games will go straight to penalties to decide the winner.

In other current news this week, Victoria Pickett and Desiree Scott have been called up to the Canadian national team for the inaugural Arnold Clark Cup, a pre-season tournament in England. The Canadians will face England, Germany and Spain at the Feb. 17-23 event.

Newly acquired striker Lynn Williams will be with the United States Women’s National Team for the SheBelieves Cup during the same February international window. The American team will face New Zealand, the Czech Republic and Iceland.

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