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NWSL Championship prediction, expert pick: Portland Thorns battle Kansas City Current for title

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Only two teams remain in the NWSL playoffs as Portland Thorns FC will face Kansas City Current on Saturday in a bid for the NWSL Championship. The second-place Thorns are on the hunt for their third NWSL championship, while fifth-place Kansas City is aiming for a worst-to-first place finish after their last-place finish of 2021. The two teams meet at kick-off on neutral ground off at Audi Field in Washington DC Fans can watch the NWSL Championship in prime time on CBS.

Here’s everything you need to know, including our prediction and how to watch it:

NWSL Playoff Schedule

Quarterinfals – Sunday 16th October
Houston Dash 1, Kansas City Strom 2
San Diego Wave 2, Chicago Red Stars 1

Semifinals – Sunday 23 October
Portland Thorns 2, San Diego Wave FC, 1
OL Reign 0, Kansas City Current, 2

Finals – Saturday 29 October

Portland Thorns vs. Kansas City Current, 8 p.m. ET (CBS/Paramount+)

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NWSL Championship: Result Selection

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  • Date: Saturday October 29th
  • time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: Audi Field – Washington, DC
  • TV: CBS
  • Live broadcast: Outstanding+

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The Thorns had long momentum in the semifinals when they pressed and the team needs to make sure they convert when generating their attack. Kansas City was able to put on a collective performance in front of goal in the semifinals, grabbing 37 clearances and conceding one goal. It will come down to whether or not Kansas City can stay organized again against one of the best offensive teams in the league. Expect Thorns forward and NWSL MVP finalist Sophia Smith to pull it all together on the big stage. Choose: Portland Thorns 2, Kansas City Current 1.

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