The Women’s Cup kicked off Sunday in Louisville, Ky., kicking off what should be an electric showcase of some of the biggest clubs in the world. The cup features clubs from five different countries on three different continents in one of the most unique and diverse competitions in women’s football. Racing Louisville are not only the hosts, they are also the defending champions after beating Bayern Munich in the final of last year’s edition. You can catch all the action live on Paramount+.
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This year’s participants include NWSL Racing Louisville and OL Reign, Japan’s Tokyo Verdy Beleza, Italy’s AC Milan, England’s Tottenham Hotspur and Mexico’s Club America.
The 2021-22 edition featured Racing Louisville, Chicago Red Stars, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain as three of the four games ended in penalties.
The action started on August 14 and there will be three days of matches ending on August 20. The championship final is now set with the NWSL teams preparing to compete for the title. Tournament hosts Racing Louisville will be aiming to defend their Women’s Cup title against OL Reign, while Club America and AC Milan will battle it out for third place.
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Everyone is suing Racing Louisville
Racing Louisville FC is the host of the tournament and the current title holder. The team won the inaugural Women’s Cup title after beating Bayern Munich in 2021, eventually lifting the trophy after winning a shootout. Louisville’s roster has many new faces on the team a year later, including a rookie midfield duo in Savannah DeMelo and Jaelin Howell. They are currently on a five-game NWSL regular season unbeaten streak.
DeMelo recently sat down with CBS Sports’ Attacking Third podcast to discuss playing in the tournament for the first time.
“I think it’s going to test us all. I think it’s always fun to play different styles of teams,” DeMelo said. “Playing a team from England against playing a team from Mexico to play a team in America – is all super different and I think it’s going to help us tremendously on the road. … I think it will challenge us and [teach us] what we can do better, and that will just help us move forward.”
The team everyone is talking about
The expanded format of the Women’s Cup competition will now feature six participating clubs instead of the previous four, with additional matches that include a quarter-final and matches to determine third-to-sixth places.
Tottenham striker and Morocco international Rosella Ayane spoke with Attacking Third about the teams she is most looking forward to playing and seeing on the pitch.
“I love watching the Japanese play football. They are such technicians, so Tokyo [Verdy] will be a team that I will love to watch,” Ayane said. “They are all such great quality teams, you can watch any game and enjoy it. Whoever it is, and we’re free, I’ll watch.”
Women’s Cup Calendar
All times Eastern
Day 1 on Sunday August 14
AC Milan 3, Tokyo Verdy 1
Tottenham 1, Club America 2
Day 2 on Wednesday August 17
Game for fifth place
Tokyo Verdy 2, Tottenham 1
Semi-finals on Wednesday August 17
Club America 1, OL Reign 2
AC Milan 0, Racing Louisville 2
Finals on Saturday August 20
Consolation match, AC Milan vs. Club America, 4 p.m.
Final, Racing Louisville vs OL Reign, 7 p.m.