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Orlando Pride draw No. 9 seed, toughest NWSL Challenge Cup slate

The Orlando Pride drew arguably the worst draw in the NWSL Challenge Cup, facing the top three finishers from the 2019 season.

Orlando will kick off against the Chicago Red Stars on June 27. It also will be the opening match of the entire tournament being staged in Utah.

After facing the Red Stars, the Pride will then play the Portland Thorns on July 1 and reigning champ North Carolina Courage on July 5. The preliminary round will end with a match against Sky Blue FC on July 9.

The bottom finisher from the preliminary round will be eliminated from the tournament, while the remaining eight teams will advance to a single-elimination stage.