HARRISON, N.J. – NJ/NY Gotham FC has an opportunity to seal its fate in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup against Racing Louisville FC at MSU Soccer Park Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
against the visiting-expansion side, Racing Louisville FC (0-2-1, 1 point). Presented to Gotham FC fans by AVIS, this fourth and final group matchup will be streamed on Paramount+ and Twitch (international) with kickoff at 12:30 p.m. ET.
A win by Gotham FC (2-0-1, 7 points) will secure the team as the Eastern Division group winners and book its ticket to the Challenge Cup final, regardless of the result between North Carolina Courage vs. Orlando Pride. Depending on that game’s result, a tie could also send Gotham through.
Gotham FC is fresh off of a scoreless draw at the Washington Spirit Tuesday that saw both teams as equally threatening, but unable to put away any scoring chances. Head coach Freya Coombe said Gotham FC “great in possession,” but was still in a place to succeed. It was goalkeeper DiDi Haracic and the strength of Gotham’s backline that saw them leave Washington D.C. with a vital point.
Racing Louisville FC (0-2-1, 1), which made its National Women’s Soccer League debut vs. the Orlando Pride in a 2-2 tie April 10, will look to play a spoilers’ role. Defenders Emily Fox and Erin Simon and forward Cece Kizer have been the main threats, registering two goals, three assists and 11 fouls won between them. In its last two Cup games, the Washington barely escaped with an extratime win and it was only an own goal that separated the side from its most recent opponent, North Carolina.
“This is going to be a tough game for us. Louisville is a fresh face, which is both exciting and hard to prepare for,” Gotham FC assistant head coach Becca Moros said. “They’ve been playing good, aggressive football and have a great energy about them. We will have to be at our best for the entire ninety minutes.”
The game is soldout. Gotham FC begins NWSL regular-season play home at Red Bull Arena oSaturday, May 15.