NWSL Championship on November 20 moved from Portland to Louisville at player request

The NWSL Championship, slated for Nov. 20, has been moved at the request of players from Portland to Louisville and will be played at noon ET, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Athletic’s Meg Linehan first reported the news.

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Players voiced objections last month when the Providence Park venue was announced last month, saying the local start time (9:00 a.m. PT) was too early and the game was not on schedule. great listening. The players have also stated that they do not want to play the final on a grass pitch. Lynn Family Stadium, home to Racing Louisville FC, is grassland.

There are three weeks left in the NWSL regular season and two teams, Portland Thorns and OL Reign have secured spots for the playoffs, which begin Nov. 6 and feature six teams for the first time in league history.

Four games are scheduled for Wednesday: North Carolina Courage faces Washington Spirit, Chicago Red Stars faces Orlando Pride, Kansas City faces Houston Dash and Portland Thorns faces OL Reign.

ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle contributed to this report.

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