NJ/NY Gotham FC gave the Portland Thorns all they could handle in the NWSL Challenge Cup Championship, however it wasn't enough as they couldn't outlast the Thorns in Sudden Death penalty kicks.
“It’s disappointing to lose on penalties, but I’m really proud of this group. We came into this Challenge Cup wanting to win and everyone gave it everything they had, from the players on the field to the bench. I think what’s special about this group is that we haven’t even tapped into our true potential. This is a learning experience in a sense, and I want to encourage everyone on our team to take the field and know that we can go at any team, no matter who they are. We showed what we’re about and we have to continue to build off of that,” said Gotham FC captain Carli Lloyd.
Gotham FC look to rebound to start the regular season on a winning streak as they host the high power offense of the Houston Dash this Saturday at 7pm ET. Fans wanting to tune in can catch the game on Paramount+ and tickets to the game are still available to see the match in person at Red Bull Arena.