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The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced on Tuesday the schedule of home openers for the 2017 season. Eight of the ten teams currently playing for the league will see some action. The first games kick off on Saturday April 15. Houston Dash will be facing the Chicago Red Stars. Portland Thorns FC hosts Orlando Pride. Our NJ locals Sky Blue FC will be away facing two-time NWSL Shield winner Seattle Reign FC, and the Washington Spirit will face the North Carolina Courage (new NWSL franchise). The home openers conclude on Sunday April 16 with FC Kansas City facing the Boston Breakers.

This is definitely going to be an exciting year for the NWSL. Fans nationwide will be able to watch live, some of the best players of the league, every Saturday for Game of the Week on Lifetime. This is all thanks to a historic partnership with A+E Networks that NWSL announced back on February 2, 2017.

“This is a transformational partnership in the evolution of the league, and we are so appreciative of Nancy Dubuc and her team at A+E Networks as they take a leadership position in the growth of our league and create opportunities for young women,” NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush said. “We are also extremely pleased to be able to present our fans with the most comprehensive national television and streaming packages in our history.”

Sky Blue FC First Home Game

The first home game (Yurcak Field, Piscataway Township, NJ) for the Sky Blue FC team is set for Week 3 on Sunday, April 30, hosting FC Kansas City at 6:00 pm kickoff.

 “We are really excited to confirm the date of our home opener,” said Sky Blue FC head coach Christy Holly. “This is a timely reminder that the new season is right around the corner. We cannot wait to see all of our fans at Yurcak Field again this year, led by our Cloud 9 Supporters Group.”

2017 NWSL Season Schedule

The NWSL regular season schedule consists of 24 games, 12 of those games will be at home and 12 away. Below are the first 3 weeks of the season. More information will be revealed when the league announces its regular season schedule for 2017:

Week 1 – Saturday, April 15

Houston Dashvs Chicago Red StarsBBVA Compass Stadium
Portland Thorns FCvs Orlando PrideProvidence Park
Seattle Reign FCvs Sky Blue FCMemorial Stadium
Washington Spiritvs North Carolina CourageMaryland SoccerPlex
Sunday, April 16
FC Kansas Cityvs Boston BreakersSwope Soccer Village
Week 2 – Saturday, April 22
Chicago Red Starsvs FC Kansas City Toyota Park
North Carolina Couragevs Portland Thorns FCWakeMed Soccer Park
Orlando Pridevs Washington SpiritOrlando City Stadium
Week 3 – Sunday, April 30
Sky Blue FCvs FC Kansas City Yurcak Field

*= All matches subject to change

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