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Full NWSL Fall Series schedule set with 18 games in all

By NWSL Communications, 09/04/20, 9:15AM EDT

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Five games will air on CBS as the NWSL Game of the Week.


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The National Women’s Soccer League on Thursday released the remaining games of the 2020 NWSL Fall Series.

Sky Blue FC and Washington Spirit will kick off the series on at 1 p.m. ET Saturday at Segra Field and play will conclude with two matches on Oct. 17 between Orlando Pride and North Carolina Courage, and OL Reign and Utah Royals FC.

Both the opener and the final game between Orlando and North Carolina will air on CBS.

There will be a televised NWSL Game of the Week on CBS a total of five times, including every Saturday in September and one of the final games on Oct. 17. In addition, CBS Sports Network will televise the NWSL Game of the Week two Saturdays in October. CBS All Access will exclusively stream four games as well as the CBS broadcast coverage. Twitch will exclusively stream seven games globally, including in the United States, and every game internationally.

The NWSL fall series will include 18 games over the course of seven weeks featuring three, three-team pods that will all play one another and enable the league to minimize travel.

The three teams in each regional pod will each play four games. Those pods are:

West

OL Reign

Portland Thorns FC

Utah Royals FC

Northeast

Chicago Red Stars

Sky Blue FC

Washington Spirit

South

North Carolina Courage

Orlando Pride

Houston Dash

The NWSL has also announced that play-by-play announcer Jenn Hildreth and analyst Lori Lindsey will call all NWSL Games of the Week on CBS and CBSSN. Play-by-play announcer Mike Watts will also be joined by Lindsey for the four exclusive CBS All Access games. Marisa Pilla will serve as CBS’ sideline reporter, providing fans with pre-game, halftime and post-game interviews with players and coaches.

Jenn Hildreth returns for her sixth season as play-by-play announcer for the NWSL, having called matches across a variety of networks, including CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Lifetime. Hildreth is a versatile broadcaster who has covered various sports in roles that include analyst, host, reporter and play-by-play announcer during a career spanning nearly 20 years on television. She is the only female play-by-play announcer to have worked both of the last two FIFA Women’s World Cups for FOX Sports, has called the last four NCAA Women’s College Cup Championships for ESPN, and currently serves as a play-by-play announcer for ESPN/ACC Network covering women’s college soccer, basketball and softball. Hildreth attended Emory University, where she was the goalkeeper on their soccer team and was a three-sport athlete, lettering in soccer, basketball, and track and field.

Lori Lindsey is a former U.S. women’s national team player whose professional playing career spanned 13 years. Lindsey is one of only four players to have played in all three of the U.S. professional women’s soccer leagues. She now works in broadcast, calling soccer games for the NWSL for the last 3 seasons, including most recently, the 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup that took place in Utah in June and July.  Lindsey serves as an analyst for the Philadelphia Union and LAFC in MLS, as well as during various USL games, and ACC and SEC games. Lindsey also travels the globe speaking, raising awareness and advocating for women’s equality and the LGBTQ community.

Mike Watts earned his first professional broadcast assignment with the NWSL’s Sky Blue FC in 2014, calling league matches for a fifth year – the last three for NWSL media’s coverage on Verizon and Yahoo Sports. Watts most recently called all games for the NWSL’s Challenge Cup on CBS All Access. Watts has commentated premier worldwide events for ESPN, Concacaf, United Soccer League, and U.S. Soccer. Beyond soccer, Watts is the preseason TV voice of the Cincinnati Bengals in addition to covering the NBA, NBA G League, WNBA, and NCAA.

Marisa Pilla is a sports broadcaster based out of Philadelphia with multiple years of experience covering both men’s and women’s professional soccer. She most recently served as the only on-site talent and sideline reporter for the NWSL Challenge Cup on CBS. This will be Marisa’s second season covering the NWSL, as she served as the sideline reporter during the 2019 season for the NWSL Game of the Week on ESPN. Marisa has also covered MLS as a sideline reporter for FS1 and has served as the pregame/postgame show host for the Philadelphia Union.

The NWSL’s return to play protocols reflect the best practices previously developed by the NWSL Medical Task Force and successfully implemented during the Challenge Cup. Those protocols have been updated to reflect the reality of home-market matches and regional travel and will influence all league and club actions outside the field of play.

2020 NWSL Fall Series Schedule

DATE TIME  VENUE HOME AWAY PLATFORM
Saturday, Sept. 5 1 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Sky Blue FC CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Friday, Sept. 11 7 PM Sahlen’s Stadium NC Courage Houston Dash TWITCH
Saturday, Sept. 12 12 PM Segra Field Washington Spirit Chicago Red Stars TWITCH
Saturday, Sept. 12 3:30 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC OL Reign CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, Sept. 19 1 PM Sahlen’s Stadium NC Courage Orlando Pride CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Sunday, Sept. 20 1 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Sky Blue FC CBS ALL ACCESS
Sunday, Sept. 20 3 PM Providence Park Portland Thorns FC Utah Royals FC TWITCH
Saturday, Sept. 26 1 PM SeatGeek Stadium Chicago Red Stars Washington Spirit CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, Sept. 26 3:30 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC OL Reign CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, Sept. 26 8:30 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash Orlando Pride TWITCH
Saturday, Oct. 3 12:30 PM Montclair State Sky Blue FC Washington Spirit TWITCH
Saturday, Oct. 3 10 PM Rio Tinto Stadium Utah Royals FC Portland Thorns FC CBSSN
Sunday, Oct. 4 7 PM BBVA Stadium Houston Dash North Carolina Courage TWITCH
Friday, Oct. 9 5 PM Osceola County Stadium Orlando Pride Houston Dash CBSSN
Saturday, Oct. 10 12:30 PM Montclair State Sky Blue FC Chicago Red Stars CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, Oct. 10 8 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Portland Thorns FC TWITCH
Saturday, Oct. 17 4 PM Exploria Stadium Orlando Pride North Carolina Courage CBS & CBS ALL ACCESS
Saturday, Oct. 17 8 PM Cheney Stadium OL Reign Utah Royals FC CBS ALL ACCESS