The National Women’s Soccer League and CBS Sports Tuesday announced multiplatform coverage details and announcers for the NWSL Championship on Saturday.
In its first primetime spot from Audi Field in Washington, D.C., the match between the Kansas City Current and Portland Thorns FC will begin at 8 p.m. ET on The CBS Television Network, Paramount+ and internationally on Twitch. Live pre-match coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET streaming exclusively on Paramount+.
Broadcasting veteran Jenn Hildreth will team up with two-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Wagner to call the match. Former U.S. women’s national team midfielder and analyst Lori Lindsey and CBS Sports reporter Jenny Chiu will report from the field, while CBS Sports’ Christina Unkel will provide rules analysis.
CBS Sports’ Kate Abdo will host pre-match coverage beginning at 7 p.m. ET, with Lindsey, Chiu, Columbus Crew sideline reporter Jordan Angeli, and this year’s player guest, NJ/NY Gotham FC forward Midge Purce, providing insight and analysis. The pre-match show also will feature live interviews with players and coaches on the pitch as well as a discussion with NWSL commissioner Jessica Berman, NWSLPA executive director Meghann Burke, team executives and Purce on the state of the league and the NWSL/NWSLPA’s joint investigation.
Just Women’s Sports’ 30-minute pregame show will break down the 2022 season and preview the final at 6:30 p.m. ET on Paramount+, leading into pre-match coverage inside Audi Field at 7 p.m. ET.
CBS Sports has embedded with Kansas City and Portland for a 30-minute special titled Historically: The Road to the 2022 NWSL Championship, airing on CBS and streaming on Paramount+ at 2 p.m. ET on matchday. The program follows the two clubs, from the moment they celebrated their semifinal victories through the week leading up to the championship game.
CBS Sports’ Attacking Third podcast, hosted by Sandra Herrera and Lisa Roman, will host a live show featuring special guest interviews and championship game analysis along with a meet-and-greet as part of CBS Sports’ activation at the NWSL Fan Fest outside Audi Field ahead of the match. The podcast also will feature bonus episodes throughout the week with exclusive player interviews and an immediate post-match reaction show from Audi Field live on YouTube.