2020 NWSL Challenge Cup tournament bracket: Portland Thorns pull off upset in quarterfinals

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Highlights: NC Courage vs Portland Thorns

The NWSL became the first professional team sports league to return in the United States as the 2020 Challenge Cup started last month. The month-long, World Cup-style tournament headed to the knockout stage on Friday, and the quarterfinals got started with a surprising upset.

The Portland Thorns punched their ticket to the semifinals by knocking off the top-seeded North Carolina Courage. The Houston Dash joined the Thorns in the final four with a shootout win over Utah. The final two semifinal spots will be determined Saturday, and the full bracket can be found below.

Every match will be available to stream on CBS All Access. Here’s a look at the quarterfinal schedule and the full knockout stage bracket.

Knockout stage schedule

Friday, July 17
Portland Thorns 1, North Carolina Courage 0
Houston Dash 0, Utah Royals 0 (Dash advance, 3-2, on PKs)

Saturday, July 18
Washington Spirit vs. Sky Blue FC, 12:30 p.m. (CBS All Access)  
OL Reign vs. Chicago Red Stars, 10 p.m. (CBS All Access

Wednesday, July 22
Semifinal 1, 12:30 p.m. (CBS All Access)  
Semifinal 2, 10 p.m. (CBS All Access

Sunday, July 26
Final, 12:30 p.m. (CBS and CBS All Access)

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