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North Carolina Courage to host NWSL Championship

The match will take place on Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. ET. This is the fifth consecutive year that the NWSL championship will be played at a predetermined site.

NWSL president Amanda Duffy gives Courage head coach Paul Riley the 2018 NWSL Coach of the Year award on April 13, 2019 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. (Mitchell Northam / Pro Soccer USA)

The National Women’s Soccer League championship game is coming to Cary, N.C..

NWSL president Amanda Duffy announced on Wednesday that WakeMed Soccer Park — home of the North Carolina Courage — will host the 2019 championship contest on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. ET.

“We are excited to bring the 2019 NWSL Championship to the home of the 2018 NWSL champions and give their passionate fans a chance to be a part of this exciting event,” Duffy said in a statement. “Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park will provide a wonderful atmosphere and the Triangle area has such a rich soccer history, which is wonderful to add to in celebrating the culmination of the 2019 season.”

This will be the first time that WakeMed has hosted the NWSL championship game, but the park did host a playoff game there in 2017 that drew more than 10,000 fans. The stadium is also home to USL Championship side North Carolina FC and has hosted several College Cups, men’s and women’s national team matches, Concacaf competitions and more since opening in 2002.

The complex will also host the 2019 Women’s International Champions Cup, which will feature the Courage, Olympique Lyonnais, Atletico Madrid and Manchester City in August.

“We are thrilled to host the 2019 NWSL Championship,” Courage general manager Curt Johnson said in a statement. “This is a fantastic year for women’s soccer on a local, national and international level, and we are excited to be able to showcase the best players in the world and crown the NWSL champion.”

Tickets will go on sale to the public at 8 a.m. ET on July 8. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the championship is played at a pre-determined sure.

The top four teams in the NWSL standings at the conclusion of the regular season will qualify for the playoffs. Higher-seeded teams will host semifinal matches on Oct. 20.

Providence Park in Portland, Oregon hosted last year’s championship match, a game that saw the Courage win 3-0 over the Portland Thorns.

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