The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced today the schedule of home openers for the 2017 regular season. The 2017 NWSL season will kick off the weekend of April 15-16 with preseason training camps beginning on Monday, March 13. The NWSL will play a 24-game regular season schedule and compete in a single table, with the teams each playing 12 home and 12 away games.
There are three players from St. Louis on NWSL rosters – Julie King (Boston Breakers/Nerinx Hall), Alyssa Mautz (Chicago Red Stars/Ft. Zumwalt West) and Becky Sauerbrunn (FC Kansas City/Ladue). Shea Groom (FC Kansas City/Liberty) was a two-time state champion with Liberty HS near KC and teammate Mandy Laddish (FC Kansas City/Lee’s Summit) was an All-American with Lee’s Summit.
Through the NWSL’s partnership with A+E Networks, Lifetime will broadcast an NWSL Game of the Week every Saturday to provide fans throughout the country the opportunity to watch some of the best players in the world. A 30-minute pregame show will kick off each weekly broadcast.
NWSL Media will oversee the live streaming of all matches and produce the games in high definition on a soon to be announced platform and will also launch a re-designed NWSLSoccer.com and a new NWSL app on iOS and Android.
Eight of the 10 clubs in the league will open the 2017 NWSL season on April 15 – with the slate of four Saturday matches headlined by U.S. internationals and 2016 NWSL champions Lynn Williams and Samantha Mewis leading the North Carolina Courage versus Kristie Mewis, Nigeria international Francisca Ordega and the Washington Spirit in a rematch of last season’s NWSL Championship Game.
In the debut NWSL Game of the Week on Lifetime, the 2016 NWSL Shield winners Portland Thorns FC will host the Orlando Pride at Providence Park as U.S. international Tobin Heath, Canada international Christine Sinclair get set to go against U.S international Ashlyn Harris and Australia international Alanna Kennedy.
Also on April 15, Jess Fishlock, Lauren Barnes and Seattle Reign FC will host Costa Rica international Raquel Rodriguez, U.S. international Kelley O’Hara and Sky Blue FC – while U.S. international Kealia Ohai, Canada international Janine Beckie and the Houston Dash will face off against U.S. international Christen Press, Arin Gilliland and the Chicago Red Stars.
The opening weekend will conclude on Sunday, April 16, with U.S. international Becky Sauerbrunn, Shea Groom and two-time NWSL champions FC Kansas City welcoming England international Natasha Dowie, Canada international Allysha Chapman and the Boston Breakers to town.
Additional information for these games will be revealed when the complete 2017 regular season schedule is announced.
Dates and matchups for the 2017 home openers are below (home teams listed first).*
Saturday, April 15
Houston Dash vs. Chicago Red Stars (BBVA Compass Stadium)
Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride (Providence Park)
Seattle Reign FC vs. Sky Blue FC (Memorial Stadium)
Washington Spirit vs. North Carolina Courage (Maryland SoccerPlex)
Sunday, April 16
FC Kansas City vs. Boston Breakers (Swope Soccer Village)
Saturday, April 22
Chicago Red Stars vs. FC Kansas City (Toyota Park)
North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns FC (WakeMed Soccer Park)
Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit (Orlando City Stadium)
Sunday, April 23
Boston Breakers vs. Sky Blue FC (Jordan Field)
Sunday, April 30
Sky Blue FC vs. FC Kansas City (Yurcak Field)
* = All matches subject to change