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Gotham FC open 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup against North Carolina Courage

The team formerly known as Sky Blue FC will play on March 19

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Gotham FC midfielder Allie Long is returning in 2022.
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Gotham FC released their schedule for the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup. Gotham FC will compete in the East region against North Carolina Courage, Orlando Pride, and Washington Spirit.

The group stage is a double-round robin, with the top teams and the best second-place team advancing to the knockout round. Gotham FC will play their first three games on the road, then their next three at home in Red Bull Arena.

Here is Gotham FC’s schedule for the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup:

Gotham FC at North Carolina Courage, Saturday, March 19, 7 pm ET

Gotham FC at Washington Spirit, Friday, March 25, 7:30 pm ET

Gotham FC at Orlando Pride, Wednesday, March 30, 7 pm ET

Gotham FC vs North Carolina Courage, Sunday, April 3, 3 pm ET

Gotham FC vs Washington Spirit, Sunday, April 17, 3 pm ET

Gotham FC vs Orlando Pride, Saturday, April 23, 7 pm ET

The semifinals will be played on Wednesday, May 4, and the final will be held on Saturday, May 7. The broadcast schedule will be released later.

The 2022 NWSL regular season has yet to be announced.

Formerly known as Sky Blue FC, Gotham FC was established in 2006, and was one of the founding members of NWSL in 2013. Last year, Gotham FC finished the season in fifth place with 35 points on 24 games. The club was knocked out in the first round of the 2021 playoffs by Chicago Red Stars—it was the final professional game for former Gotham FC and USWMNT star Carli Lloyd.

Earlier this month the team released their 2022 pre-season roster, which includes two notable additions: USWMNT regulars Ali Kreiger (signed from Orlando Pride), and Kristie Mewis (signed from expansion club San Diego Wave FC after she was selected in the 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft). They join a team that features recent USWNT call-ups Imani Dorsey, Allie Long, and Margaret Purce, as well as Nigerian international Ifeoma Onumonu.