NWSL Women’s Soccer // Carolina vs. Chicago

NWSL Women’s Soccer // Carolina vs. Chicago


CHAMPIONSHIP SPONS PRESENTED BY BUD WIDESER, THE OFFICIAL SUPPORTER OF THE NWSL. SELLOUT CROWD IS EXPECTED HERE. PLENTY OF FANS FROM CHICAGO MAKING THE TRIP TO SEE THE RED STARS PLAY IN THEIR FIRST EVER FINALS. LET’S HEAR FROM THEIR OUTSIDE BACK SARAH GORDEN.>>THIS IS THE FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM. HOW HAVE YOU PREPARED YOURSELF FOR THIS MOMENT?>>I DON’T THINK THIS IS SOMETHING YOU PREPARE FOR WHEN YOU WIN A SEMIFINAL. I THINK IT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE PREPARED FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON. AS I SAID PREVIOUSLY, WE HAVE HAD LOW LOWS THIS SEASON AND INCREDIBLE WINNING STREAKS. DIGGING US OUT OF THOSE TRENCHES HAS MADE US WHO WE ARE. >>THANKS FOR YOUR TIME, LET’S GO TO ANGELA AND CHRISTIAN DUNN.>>CRYSTAL IN 2015 YOU WERE THIS LEAGUE’S MVP, ALSO A GOLDEN BOOT WINNER. HOW HAVE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND THE EVOLUTION OF PLAYER AND PERSON GOING TO IMPACT THIS GAME TODAY?>>NO MATTER WHERE I AM ON THE PITCH, I ALWAYS WANT THE BALL, I ALWAYS WANT TO SUPPORT THE PLAY. JUST ME ALWAYS GETTING ON IT, NEVER SHYING A WAY IS A WAY FOR ME TO IMPACT IT. >>ALL RIGHT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>THANK YOU. >>SO MANY IMPACT PLAYERS BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS. OH, YEAH, WE HAVE GOT FIREWORKS PREGAME. WE WILL SEE IF WE CAN GET SOME IN THE GAME AS WELL. AS OUR REFEREE CREW AND NOW THE PLAYERS TAKE THE FIELD. TWO WORLD CLASS GOALKEEPERS LEADING THE WAY. WALKING THROUGH THE SMOKE ALLEY AS THEY GET READY FOR THIS MATCHUP. IT FEELS SFWHIG AS IT SHOULD, IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH. NORTH CAROLINA, AS WE TALKED ABOUT HAVE BEEN HERE BEFORE. THIS IS THEIR THIRD STRAIGHT TRIP, FOURTH IF YOU INCLUDE THE TIME FOR MANY OF THESE PLAYERS THAT THEY WERE HERE IN 2016 AGAINST THE NEW YORK TEAM. WONDER IF THERE ARE ANY FIRST-TIME JITTERS IN THERE. FIRST TIME IN THE FINALS FOR THIS CHICAGO TEAM THAT HAS MADE FIVE CONSECUTIVE PLAYOFF APPEARANCES MORE THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE COLLEAGUE. NOW THEY FINALLY HAVE A SEMIFINAL VICTORY AND A CHANCE TO PLAY FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP. WHEN WE RETURN WE WILL TELL YOU ALL ABOUT THE STARTING LINEUPS, THE OPENING KICKOFF BETWEEN THESE TWO TEAMS, NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE AND THE CHICAGO RED STARS GETTING SET FOR THE 2019 NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP SPONSORED BY>>>THAT’S WHAT THEY ARE ALL PLAYING FOR. WHETHER IT BE NORTH CAROLINA FOR CHICAGO FOR THE FIRST TIME TO TAKE THAT TROPHY HOME. THE COURAGE WINNING IT LAST YEAR. YOU HAVE SEEN THE PREGAME FIREWORKS. NOW LET’S GET YOU SET FOR WHO MIGHT BRING YOU FIREWORKS IN GAME. OUR STARTING LINEUPS FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE PRESENTED BY GOOGLE. THE BACK LINE WANT TO PROVIDE SOME COVER ON THE RIGHT SIDE. RILEY’S FIFTH STRAIGHT START. NOT NORMALLY AN OUTSIDE BACK. IT IS ABOUT ACTIVATING THE FRONT FOUR AND GETTING THEM AGAINST THE CENTER BACK OF CHICAGO: FOR CHICAGO OFFENSIVELY IT IS ABOUT SAM KERR, WHO HAS 18 GOALS THIS SEASON. >>THE CHICAGO RED STARS LINEUP ALSO PRESENTED BY GOOGLE. NAEHER NUMBER ONE GOAL KEEPER FOR THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE WORLD, THE U.S. WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM. AND SHE HAS OFTEN BEEN BUSY AGAINST THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM AND ITS RECORD-SETTING OFFENSE THIS SEASON. CANADA’S NUMBER ONE GOAL KEEPER TRYING TO PROTECT THE NET FOR THE HOME TEAM, COURAGE. AS FOR O’REILLY, THRUST INTO THE STARTING LINEUP. NOT SURE WHAT SHE EXPECTED — TO BE. SHE ANNOUNCED THIS WILL BE THE FINAL MATCH OF A 17-YEAR CAREER FOR CLUB AND COUNTRY. WILL SHE GO OUT A CHAMPION? BLOOP. >>YOU FIGHT FOR THE FANS, FIGHT FOR YOUR FAMILIES, YOU FIGHT FOR THE WIN. NOW GO!>>I’M NOT INTERRUPTING HER SHE SHE’S GIVING A PREGAME SPEECH. URGING HER TEAM TO GO OUT AND FIGHT. JULIE SO ERTZ SO VITAL TO THE RED STARS TEAM. EARLIER THIS WEEK WE WERE WONDERING IF SHE MIGHT SEE HER MOVE OUT OF THE BACK LINE. ERTZ SAYING WILL TO HELP PROTECT THE GOAL. AND THE NORTH CAROLINA OFFENSE THAT SET RECORDS THIS SEASON BURNT THEIR OWN SINGLE SEASON RECORD WITH 54 GOALS IN THE REGULAR SEASON. MENDOZA, OUR REFEREE, READY TO BLOW THE WHISTLE FOR THIS ONE ON A HOT AFTERNOON IN KERRY. 82 DEGREES. FEELS LIKE 88. HOW ABOUT THAT FOR LATE OCTOBER? AND WE ARE OFF FOR THE 2019 NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER. CHICAGO IN THE WHITE TOPS WITH THE STRIPED BLUE SHORTS. NORTH CAROLINA IN THE ALL NAVY. I THINK GOING UP O’REILLY IS SOMETHING CHICAGO IS GOING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF.>>DAHLKEMPER AND I AM NOT SURE MANY OF US WERE THINKING WE WOULD GET A HOT, SUNNY AFTERNOON FOR THIS CHAMPIONSHIP. BUT IT IS HOT ENOUGH IN FACT THAT WE ARE ANTICIPATING HYDRATION BREAKS IN THIS MATCH. WE MIGHT HAVE SOME PRECIPITATION IN NORTH CAROLINA. BUT THE CLOUDS PARTED. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL BLUE SKY. A LOT OF SUN SHINING DOWN ON THIS MATCH HERE. CASEY SHORT. TRYING TO PUT THE BALL ACROSS. SO GOOD THIS THE AIR. DIBERNARDO ON IT. CUTS IT BACK. DIBERNARDO CUTS, AND IT IS A GOAL. CHICAGO RED STARS COME OUT FIRING.>>ON THE LEFT SIDE A COMBINATION PLAY PLAY WITH CASEY SHORT. AND THEN DIBERNARDO BREWS UP HER OWN SHOT. WATCH — SHE IS DRAWING O’REILLY UP. THAT’S WHERE THEY ARE GETTING THE SAFETY IN BEHIND.>>CHICAGO UNBEATEN AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE IN THREE MEETINGS IN REGULAR SEASON. TWO WINS AND A DRAW. BUT IT HAS BEEN A WHILE. THEIR LAST MEETING WAS IN JULY. THAT WAS A 2-1 WIN FOR THE RED STARS N. THAT MEETING, VANESSA DIBERNARDO WHO JUST TOOK THAT SHOT, HAD A GOAL. SHE HAS SIMILAR DESIGNS ON TRYING TO IMPRINT THIS MATCH. SARAH GORDEN HAS PLAYED AT CENTER BACK. NOW PRIMARILY BEEN AN OUTSIDE BACK. McCASKILL. STARS AGAIN IN THE ATTACK. O’SULLIVAN MVP ON THIS TEAM OF MVPs FOR THE COURAGE. WILLIAMS, THE LEADING SCORER FOR NORTH CAROLINA LEADING THE WAY DOWN THE FIELD. DOWN THE OTHER SIDE. DEBINHA. DEBINHA SCORES! THIS HAS BEEN DEBINHA’S SEASON. WATCH THE POSITIONS OF McDONALD. THEY KNOW THAT CHICAGO WANTS TO STAY NARROW. McDONALD HOLDS THAT SPACE, GIVING HERSELF TIME TO WHIP THAT BALL ACROSS. AND THEN OFF THE BACK SHOULDER AND THE BACK POST OF CHICAGO. GORDEN MAKES A MESS OF IT. AND THEN CHICAGO CAN’T CLEAR IT AND DEBINHA GETS THE FOLLOW-UP ON HER OWN SHOT. IN THE END, QUALITY MOVEMENT FROM NORTH CAROLINA ON THE FAR SIDE AND McDONALD. THE BRAZILIAN HAS BEEN AT HER BEST THIS SEASON HASN’T SHE. >>EVERY SEASON SHE’S GOTTEN BETTER AND BETTER. SHE MAKES AN KBANT ON A GAME. WHETHER IT IS EARLY IN A GAME. THIS TIME SHE WAS SITTING AT THE BACK POST AND TIMED IT PERFECTLY. >>IF YOU MISSED HER GOAL DIRECTLY AFTER FREE KICK IN THE SEMIFINALS DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO BACK AND WATCH IT. IT WAS A BEAUTY. I HAVE GOT IT ON TWITTER. >>GO TO ALY’S TWITTER AND YOU GET A BONUS, GET TO HEAR HER COMMENTS AND THE GOAL. CHICAGO A TEAM THAT WAS THE BENEFICIARY AN ONLY GO IN THEIR SEMIFINAL MATCH TO TAKE DOWN THEIR NEMESIS, NOW THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PLAY FROM BEHIND. McDONALD. DUNN. BACK TO DEBINHA, WHO IS SOMEHOW WIDE OPEN IN THE BOX. THAT’S HOW. SHE WAS OFFSIDE. >>EXACTLY WHAT O’REILLIY TOLD US THE OTHER DAY. THEY ANTICIPATE CHICAGO IS PLAYING A MORE DEFENSIVE GAME. YOU CAN SEE NORTH CAROLINA RIGHT THERE LETTING CHICAGO IN. DEBINHA JUST A STEP OFFSIDE.>>THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP IS PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER, THE OFFICIAL SUPPORTER OF THE NWSL. HEATHER O’REILLY CALLED INTO ACTION WHEN ANOTHER PLAYER TORE HER ACL LATE IN THE SEASON. A TREMENDOUS CAREER FOR O’REILLY. SPENT THE SUMMER OF THE WORLD CUP AND NOT LIKE A LOT OF THESE PLAYERS OUT HERE. SHE WAS A COMMENT TATER. STILL CAME BACK AND WOUND UP PLAYING AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT ROLE AND STARTING IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH.>>IN CONCLUSION, SHE DID NOT GROW UP PLAYING.>>RIGHT.>>>PAUL RILEY DOES THAT. HE TRANSITIONS PLAYERS INTO DIFFERENT ROLES. O SULLIVAN STARTED AS A TEN WHEN SHE CAME IN. AND YOU SAW THAT SHE IS A TACKLE AS A SIX. SHE IS ONE OF THOSE KEY PLAYERS IN A GAME THAT OFTEN GOES OVERLOOKED BECAUSE EVERYONE ELSE IS SO FLASHY. >>I THINK IT SPEAKS VOLUMES THAT HER OWN TEAMMATES VOTED HER THE MOST IMPORTANT. THERE IS THAT LONG THROW FROM McDONALD. IT LED TO A GOAL FOR THE COURAGE AGAINST THE RED STARS EARLIER THIS SEASON. AND HOW CONCERNED, ARE YOU, ALY, WITH THIS CHICAGO BACK LINE? THEY HAD BEEN SO GOOD COMING DOWN THE STRETCH IN THE REGULAR SEASON. THEY WON THEIR LAST FIVE, THEY WIN THEIR SEMIFINAL ALL OF THAT PAIRING OF DAVIDSON AND ERTZ. THEY DON’T HAVE THAT PAIRING TODAY. >>I THINK IT IS A MASSIVE HIT FOR THEM NOT TO HAVE DAVIDSON. ONE OF THE REASONS IS THEY WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING IN A THREE BACK UTILIZING A WINGBACK. THEY CAN’T DO THAT. AND THEY WOULD HAVE HAD BETTER PARTS TO DEAL WITH DEBINHA AND WILLIAMS.>>SOMETHING WE CONSISTENTLY LOOKING BACK OVER YOUR CONVERSATIONS WITH PAUL RILEY OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS WHEN WE HAVE SEEN THEM MATCH UP AGAINST THE CHICAGO TEAM THAT HE HAS TALKED ABOUT. SHORT. TAKE OUT KERR. SHORT. STEPS IN TO GET IT. DIBERNARDO UP TO KERR. DANIELLE ON IT. NAGASATO. KERR. GOT A TOUCH TO IT. IT IS NOT CLEARED YET. BUT PATIENCE. FOR O’SULLIVAN AND THE COURAGE.>>NO ONE GAMBLING ON THAT WITH KERR.>>CHICAGO LEARNED A LESSON THE HARD WAY TWO YEARS AGO IN THE SEMIFINALS AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THEY STUCK WITH THE COURAGE ALL THE WAY UNTIL THE 89th MINUTE OF THE OF MA. BUT THEY SAT BACK IN THAT ONE. THEY CAME OUT OF THAT ONE AND DAMES SAID YOU CANNOT SIT BACK. YOU HAVE TO ATTACK AND GO AFTER THEM. YOU NEED TO TAKE YOUR CHANCES. TAKE YOUR BREAKS. >>RIGHT NOW THEY ARE SITTING IN A MID BLOCK. NOT HIGH PRESSURE, NOT INCREDIBY BELOW. NORTH CAROLINA FINDS THEIR WAY THROUGH TIME AND TIME AGAIN.>>O’REILLY. NAGASATO FORCED THE ISSUE A BIT. MEWIS BACK ON TO IT. SEE IF THIS BUILD IS LEAD ANYWHERE FOR NORTH CAROLINA.>>JUST WATCH AT THE TOP OF YOUR SCREEN, O’SULLIVAN FINDS KERR. YOU TALK ABOUT THE OFFENSE OF NORTH CAROLINA, HOW THEY POSITION THEMSELVES TO DEAL WITH THE COUNTER ATTACK FROM CHICAGO IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT. THEY ARE HOLDINGO SULLIVAN OUT AND PUT IN FRONT OF SAM KERR. >>JESS McDONALD. 31 YEARS OLD, FIVE GOALS, THREE ASSISTS ON THE SEASON. ONE OF THOSE ASSISTS COMING IN THE FIRST MEETING AGAINST RED STARS. HAS IT OUT. THAT WILL SET UP THE GAME’S FIRST CORNER. SET PIECES SO OFTEN AN X FACTOR. SEE HOW THE RED STARS HANDLE THIS FIRST OFFERING. GOT TO IT FIRST. STILL ALIVE. SAVED BY NAEHER. THE RED STARS’ KEEPER COMING UP HUGE AS SHE GOT DOWN TO KEEP THAT ONE OUT OF THE GOAL. BUT THE THREAT IS NOT OVER YET. ERCOG ON THE BACK OF THE PACK. NEARLY GOT THERE. McDONALD WENT DOWN NEAR THE MIDDLE OF THE AREA. HERE’S A LOOK AT THE LAST CHANCE OF NORTH CAROLINA. OFF THE CORNER KICK. THEY HAVE SO MANY TARGETS. ERCEG IS THE FIRST TO GET ON. WILLIAMS GETS ON THE SECOND. HUGHES COURAGE QUICKLY ON THE ATTACK. DUNN BY McDONALD. I TELL YOU WHAT, THE COURAGE ARE LOOKING SHARP IN THE ATTACK TO START THIS MATCH. THEY WILL ALWAYS COME AFTER YOU. AND THEY WILL COME WITH NUMBERS.>>AND CONFIDENCE. MARISSA IS ON THE SIDELINES FOR US TODAY, WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE COURAGE?>>THERE IS ALWAYS TALK ABOUT CHALKBOARD MATERIAL AHEAD OF GAMES LIKE THIS.>>THEY ARE ON THE ATTACK AGAIN. IT HAPPENS A LOT. GO AHEAD. >>THE HEAD COACH PAUL RILEY TWEETED OUT INSPIRATIONAL WORDS BEFORE TODAY’S GAME. HE TWEETED OUT A PICTURE OF A WHITE BOARD SHARING THIS QUOTE, DRIVEWAY TO DRIVEWAY CULTURE. IF YOU BOW YOUR HEAD LET IT BE FOR A LOFTY MOUNTAIN. LET IT GO FROM GOOD TO GREAT. IT ECHOS SENTIMENTS HE SAID EARLIER THIS WEEK ABOUT THE CONFIDENCE HE HAS IN THIS GROUP AND THE RESILIENCE THEY HAVE SHOWN THIS SEASON. >>MASTER MOTIVATOR. AS MUCH AS YOU TALK ABOUT THE PHYSICAL FOR NORTH CAROLINA, THE MENTAL PART OF IT IS HUGE AS WELL. AND PAUL RILEY IS A BIG PART OF THAT.>>THAT’S WHAT YOU HEARD BEFORE THE GAME KICKED OFF. >>KERR, FINDS AN OPENING.>>THEY WILL BE HAPPY IF KERR IS SERVING THAT AND YUKI IS RUNNING BEHIND. NORTH CAROLINA WILL BE HAPPY. >>RATHER THAN THE OTHER WAY AROUND IS WHAT YOU ARING THE ME.>>EXACTLY. >>HERE COMES McDONALD AGAIN. NORTH CAROLINA ALREADY OUT IN FRONT IN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHUP AGAINST THE CHICAGO RED STARS IN NORTH CAROLINA. DEBINHA SCORING IN THE FOURTH MINUTE. GLAD TO HAVE YOU ALL ON WITH US, JENN HILDRETH, ALY WAGNER AND MELISSA HANGING AROUND WITH US AS WELL ON ESPN, THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH. THE FIRST TIME EVER FOR THE CHICAGO RED STARS MAKING IT TO THIS FINAL STAGE. MEANWHILE, PAUL RILEY MIGHT NOT HAVE WANTED TO HEAR THE WORD DYNASTY YESTERDAY. BUT I THINK DAMES WOULD EVEN AGREE THAT THIS OPPONENT HE’S FACING TODAY IS DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL. THREE STRAYED SHIELDS, THREE STRAIGHT APPEARANCES IN THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME FOR NORTH CAROLINA. OH, AND BY THE WAY, THIS CLUB HAS ONLY BEEN AROUND FOR THREE YEARS. THEY HAVE KNOWN NOTHING BUT WINNING SINCE COMING HERE TO CAREY. LOST IN THE FINAL TWO YEARS AGO TO PORTLAND. GOT REVENGE LAST SEASON IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH. THE KICK OUT, NAGASATO. FORMER WORLD CUP CHAMPION FROM JAPAN. ONE OF HER BEST YEARS IN THE LEAGUE. OVER THERE WITH O’REILLY. CAROLINA WITH A LITTLE TIME TO GET THAT BALL. TRYING TO BE PATIENT, GET IT OUT OF THE BACK. DO SO CLEANLY. >>THAT’S WHAT CHICAGO WANTS TO DO, THEY WANT TO FIND DIAGONALS TO OPEN THINGS UP, FIND THE WEAK SIDE OF NORTH CAROLINA DEFENSIVELY. ALSO SAM KERR, WHEN SHE STARTS BALL SIDE, ONCE THEY CHANGE IT THEN SHE’S GOING TO BE RUNNING TO HAVE BACK SOULDER. >>GORDEN LOOKING FOR KERR. ERCEG ABLE TO WIN IT AWAY. COURAGE WITH THE TURNOVER THERE FROM DEBINHA. KERR CALLING FOR IT. HASSER KEG IN HER VICINITY. SHORT WILL GO WIDE TO NAGASATO. DIBERNARDO AND SHORT NOT ON THE SAME PAGE. >>THAT’S A VISUAL OF ONE OF THE THINGS THAT — WANTS TO SEE. HE WANTS TO COLLAPSE CAROLINA AND FIND THE OUTSIDE — OF THEM.>>CHICAGO IS ABLE TO PIN NORTH CAROLINA IN HERE. TEEP THROW FOR O’REILLY. — DEEP THROW FOR O’REILLY. NAGASATO TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN. WE TALKED A LOT ABOUT SAM KERR AND A PLAYER WHO IS HERE — HAS HER MOTHER HERE TO WATCH HER AS WELL. ROXANNE KERR ALL THE WAY FROM AUSTRALIA TO SEE ONE OF THE GREATEST WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF ALL TIME, SAM KERR. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENES. WE HAVE APPRECIATED WATCHING ALL THAT SAM KERR CAN DO ALL THE YEARS IN THIS LEAGUE. THREE TIME GOLDEN BOOT WINNER, KEEPS BREAKING HER OWN RECORDS FOR SCORING. CERTAINLY FEELS SHE HAS UNFINISHED BUSINESS. McCASKILL IS GOING TO COME AWAY WITH THIS BALL. SHE AND KERR, GOING ONE ON ONE WITH DAHLKEMPER. QUICKLY RETREATS. THIS WAS LYNN WILLIAMS COMING BACK TO HELP DEFENSIVELY. IT MAY TAKE A TEAM EFFORT TO KEEP SAM KERR DOWN BECAUSE SHE HAS BEEN EXCELLENT IN HER CAREER AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA. MENTIONED IT EARLIER, BUT SEVEN GOALS FOR KERR INCLUDING FOUR THIS SEASON IN THEIR THREE MEETINGS. SHE’S GOING TO TRY TO GET BEHIND THE TWO CENTERBACKS. THIS IS A GOOD RECIPE FOR SUCCESS. BUT SHE TWISTED IT RIGHT AT LABBE. THAT’S GOOD THERE. >>THINKING BACK TO THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING.>>EXACTLY RIGHT.>>BETWEEN THOSE CENTRE BACKS. ABBY DIVIDES UP THE TWINS. THAT’S THE CHANNEL. YUKI LAYS OUT PERFECTLY, BUT A POOR PINCH AT THE END DOESN’T EVEN TEASE LABBE AT ALL. >>THAT’S THE THREAT, THOUGH, THAT IS WHAT NORTH CAROLINA HAS TO BE WARY OF AND IT IS WHAT CHICAGO IS SO ADEPT AT FINDING IN THIS IMAGINE. KERR, WITH A TURN, WITH McDONALD. STAYS ON HER TOES WITH THE BALL, WILL BEING FOR WILLIAMS. ERTZ SLIDING IN TO BREAK UP THAT PASS. MEWIS. DEBINHA TRYING TO FIND SOME DEFENSIVE PRESSURE SOMETHING SHE FEELS SHE IS GOT A LOT BETTER IN HER TIME PLAYING FOR PAUL REILLY IN THE NWSL. SHE TOLD US YESTERDAY, DEFENDING, BRAZILIAN, WE DON’T REALLY DO IT THAT MUCH. BUT SHE HAS COME TO BE VERY GOOD AT IT. McDONALD TIME THIS IS BALL IN BEHIND. SHE HAS BEEN A HANDFUL FOR THIS DEFENSE EARLY. ERTZ KEEPING IT AWAY FROM DEBINHA WHO HAS THE GAME’S FIRST GOAL, IN THE FOURTH MINUTE. MORGAN RYAN — I HAVEN’T EVEN CALLED HER NAME TOO OFTEN YET, U.S. MIDFIELDER. TOLD YOU ABOUT DAVIDSON, SUSTAINED AN INJURY IN TRAINING THIS WEEK. WRIGHT HAS BEEN OUT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THAT BACK LINE FOR CHICAGO. RECENTLY ANNOUNCED HER PREGNANCY AS HER REASON FOR BEING OUT. THE TEAM HAS HAD TO OVERCOME. DEBINHA LOOKING TO FIRE AGAIN. PUTS IT RIGHT INTO ERTZ. ERTZ HAS HAD TO BE JUST ABOUT EVERYWHERE DEFENSIVELY FOR CHICAGO. NORTH CAROLINA IN THE REGULAR SEASON OUTSHOOTING THE RED STARS 59-28 IN THEIR THREE MEETINGS. THEY WILL COME AT YOU. JULIE ERTZ APPEARED IN ALL FIVE VICTORY TOUR MATCHES FOR THE U.S. AFTER COMING BACK FROM THEIR WORLD CUP VICTORY IN FRANCE. ALSO PLAYED WHENEVER SHE HAD BEEN AVAILABLE FOR CHICAGO IN THE REGULAR SEASON. McDONALD TRYING TO PICK OUT MEWIS. GETS — A COUPLE OF TIMES. HAD TO GET HER PAW UP ON THAT ONE. IT WILL SET UP THE CORNER. WE SAW IN THE LAST SET PIECE THAT NORTH CAROLINA HAS THE HEIGHT ADVANTAGE OVER CHICAGO. MEWIS, LYNN WILLIAMS, ERCEG.>>DIFFERENT WRINKLE FOR NORTH CAROLINA. THEY WILL ALLOW HINKLE TO USE THAT LEFT FOOT. AND PUTS IT RIGHT IN THE AIR. JAELENE HINKLE, ONLY NORTH CAROLINA PLAYER TO PLAY EVERY MINUTE OF THIS SEASON FOR THE COURAGE, NAMED THE TEAM’S DEFENSIVE MVP BY THEIR OWN VOTE. NORTH CAROLINA DIDN’T HAVE THE STEAM ROLL THROUGH THE LEAGUE LIKE THEY DID LAST SEASON WITH THAT INCREDIBLE SEASON, JUST ONE LOSS ON THEIR WAY TO THE SHIELD AND THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP. FIRST TIME A TEAM WON BOTH. DEBINHA CAUSING TROUBLE AGAIN. DOES MANAGE TO KEEP THIS BALL IN. HERE COMES CRYSTAL DUNN. IT IS DIBERNARDO, KERR, AND A WHOLE LOT OF NORTH CAROLINA DEFENDERS.>>THEY ARE NOT EVEN COMMITTING ALL OF THEIR RESOURCES FORWARD. THAT’S TWO TIMES THEY PULLED IT BACK.>>O’SULLIVAN CALLING OUT INSTRUCTIONS LOOKING FOR OPTIONS. WILL TRY TO GO UP THE GUT. McDONALD GOING AFTER IT. NAEHER TRIES TO SEE IT OUT. BUT IT IS GOING TO BE A CORNER.>>THERE IS JUST A BIG GAP BETWEEN THE MIDFIELD AND THE FOUR OF NORTH CAROLINA WHEN THEY ATTACK. AFTER THEY TAKE POSSESSION O’SULLIVAN SURGES FORWARD. YOU CAN SEE HOW NARROW CHICAGO’S DEFENSE IS WHEN THEY TRY TO FIND THE CHANNEL TO GET IN BEHIND. CAN’T GET OVER ON NAEHER, RYAN. >>O’REILLY WILL SET IT UP AGAIN. THIRD CORNER OF THE MATCH FOR THE COURAGE. DRIVEN BALL TOWARD McDONALD. KERR WAS THE ONE TO WIN IT. HINKLE. NOBODY STEPPING TO STOP HINKLE’S SERVICE. NOW IT’S LYNN WILLIAMS. ACROSS. TO McDONALD. AND THE COURAGE HAVE TWO.>>CHICAGO JUST CANNOT GET OUT OFF THEIR OWN WAY. NORTH CAROLINA, THIS BALL DRIFTS TO THE BACK. NOBODY IS THERE FOR THE IMMEDIATE PRESSURE. A HALF STEP BY WILLIAMS TO GET OFF OF THAT DRAW. AND McDONALD YOU CAN SEE AT THE BACK POST HAS THE HEIGHT ADVANTAGE. THAT’S THE TIMING ADVANTAGE. THERE IS NO ONE ON CHICAGO. SHE HAD A FANTASTIC FINAL A YEAR AGO.>>SHE DID. TWO GOALS IN THAT FINAL MATCH. AND A BIG ONE HERE TO GIVE HER TEAM A TWO-GOAL LEAD. TELLING US SHE AND LYNN WILLIAMS GO TOGETHER LIKE PEANUT PUTTER AND JELLY. THEY HAVE BEEN AT THE TOP OF THE ATTACK FOR O’REILLY, STARTED AT THE NEW YORK FLASH, CARRIED IT OVER HERE TO NORTH CAROLINA.>>ALY, IF YOU ARE CHICAGO, WHAT DO THEY NEED TO DO HERE TO TRY TO GET THINGS GOING A BIT MORE IN THEIR DIRECTION?>>ONE OF THE THINGS THEY CAN DO IS NOT PLAY BACK INTO NORTH CAROLINA’S SHAPE AND PRESSURE. WE SAW IT AGAINST THE SEATTLE RAIN. YOU CAN PLAY PROBE. BUT YOU HAVE GOT TO GET TO THE WEAK SIDE, OUTSIDE TO THE SHAPE OF NORTH CAROLINA WHERE THE SPACE IS. YOU HAVE GOT TO SHIFT THAT BLOCK.>>LET’S HEAR WHAT THEY ARE SAYING DOWN ON THE CHICAGO BENCH.>>SINCE NORTH CAROLINA IS PUTTING SO MUCH PRESSURE IN THE ATTACKING SQUARE THEY NEED TO SLOW DOWN THE TEMPO ARE QUALITY POSSESSIONS THROUGHOUT THE MIDFIELD. ON THE ATTACK CHICAGO LIKES TO MATCH UP BETWEEN NAGASATO AND NORTH CAROLINA’S O’REILLY. THEY WANT TO EXPLOIT THAT MATCHUP A LITTLE BIT MORE. AND WHEN SAM KERR IS IN THE BOX SINCE SHE IS BEING DEFENDED SO CLOSELY SHE SAID THEY NEED TO HAVE THEIR OTHER RUNNERS CRASHING THE BOX. >>Aly: EXACTLY RIGHT. ALL POINTS. AGAINST O’REILLY NO ONE IS SLIDING IN TO HELP KERR OUT WHEN SHE GETS THIS THE BOX, INCREDIBLY ISOLATED. USUALLY SHE THRIVES IN THOUGH SITUATIONS BUT NUMBERS AROUND HER. >>Jenn: IF YOU ARE CHICAGO YOU HAVE TO GET THAT BALANCE RIGHT. WHEN YOU PLAY THE BALL TO KERR, GET HER INTO SPACE BEHIND. AND MAKE SURE YOU KEEP YOUR FOOT ON THE BALL A LITTLE BIT MORE AND YOU ARE KEEPING SOME POSSESSIONS. DAMES HAS TOLD US YOU HAVE TO KEEP THE BALL AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA. >>Aly: I THINK THEY HAVE SLOWED DOWN THE PLAY TO MAKE SURE THEY RETAIN THE POSSESSION AND COME FORWARD TOGETHER. AGAIN IT IS THE DECISION WHETHER YOU ARE GOING THE PLAY THE INTERIOR PASSES AND ULTIMATELY USE THE EXPAND WIDE. I DON’T THINK THEY ARE GETTING THAT BALANCE RIGHT.>>Jenn: OUR FIRST HYDRATION BREAK WILL BE COMING UP HERE SHORTLY. GIVE BOTH TEAMS A CHANCE TO REGROUP. >>Aly: AND US. >>Jenn: YES. ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT FOR CHICAGO IN THIS TWO-GOAL DEFICIT. McDONALD LOOKING. BACK TO WILLIAMS. HINKLE.>>Aly: THAT’S THE THING ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA, THEY CAN AFFORD TO PASS TWO OR THREE PLAYERS WHEN THEY ARE IN THE FRONT. RIGHT NOW THEY ARE KEEPING BOTH OUTSIDE BACKS BACK, BOTH — BACK, PLUS THEIR CENTER BACK.>>Jenn: TALKING TO RORY DAMES THIS WEEK, O’SULLIVAN MAY BE TOO GOOD TRY TO TAKE THE BALL AWAY THAT TIME. TALKING TO RORY, I ASKED HIM WHERE IS NORTH CAROLINA’S VULNERABILITY? HE SAID YOU CAN’T USE THE WORD VULNERABLE AND NORTH CAROLINA. >>Aly: MAYBE YOU CAN’T. BUT YOU CAN MANIPULATE SOME WEAKNESSES. SAM KERR AND COUNTER-MOVEMENT.>>Jenn: AS WE ARE IN THE HYDRATION BREAK, I WANT TO TELL BUT A GREAT PODCAST AS WE ARE IN OUR SEVENTH SEASON OF THE NWSL, THE LONGEST RUNNING LEAGUE IN AMERICAN WOMEN’S SOCCER. THINK BACK TO 1999 AND THE AFTERMATH OF THE DRAMATIC U.S. WOMAN’S NATIONAL TEAM WORLD CUP VICTORY. STARTED WITH A BANG BUT FOLDED JUST A FEW YEARS LATER. THE STORY OF THAT LEAGUE LIVES ON IN THE 30 FOR 30 PODCAST. FIND THIS STORY AT 30 FOR 30 PODCAST.COM OR BY SEARCHING IN YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST PLAYER.>>CONTINUE ON FOR 30 MINUTES AND THEN GO HOME OR STEP UP AND DO WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DOING.>>GREAT TO GET IN FROM AND HEAR THE COACHES A LITTLE BIT.>>YOU HAVE GOT GET OUT. YOU HAVE GOT TO GET WIDER.>>OKAY. ALL RIGHT. OKAY.>>SUBMIT. — COMMIT. >>NOT A BAD VOTE FOR MVP. I LIKE THE WAY THIS MATCH STARTED OFF. >>YOU ARE RIGHT. I LOVE HEARING THE HUDDLE TALK. >>YES.>>THEY KEPT IT PRETTY CLEAN, TOO, WHICH IS ALWAYS GOOD FOR US AS WELL.>>Jenn: SAM KERR, YOU KNOW SHE DESPERATELY WANTS TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP WITH CHICAGO. SHE TALKED APPROXIMATE HOW MUCH SHE LOVES PLAYING FOR CHICAGO. SHE LOVES PLAYING IN THIS LEAGUE. BUT IT IS NO SECRET THAT SHE HAS BEEN SOUGHTAFTER BY MANY OTHER CLUBS. RUMORS OF BIG OFFERS OUT THERE AND HOW LONG SHE’S ABLE TO STAY HERE IN THE NWSL REMAINS TO BE SEEN.>>Aly: YOU THINK IF SHE WINS TODAY — >>Jenn: THE LEAGUE AND CHICAGO ABLE TO FIND A WAY — FIND A WAY TO KEEP HER. ERTZ POPS IT UP. EVERYTHING WAITING FOR IT NAGASATO WON THAT BALL. SHE JUST WAITED ON IT, ALY, AND EVEN THOUGH SHE GIVES UP QUITE A FEW INCHES IN THE AIR TO ERCEG. >>Aly: DID WELL. GREAT TIMING, GETS THAT ARM UP OVER SIX SHOULDERS WHO CAN’T RISE UP.>>Jenn: TOLD NEW THE PREGAME THOUGH THIS MATCHUP FEATURES THREE OF THE TOP FOUR GOAL SCORERS ALL TIME IN THIS LEAGUE. SAM KERR AT NUMBER ONE. LYNN WILLIAMS, JESS McDONALD RIGHT THERE BEHIND HER IN TERMS OF KNOWING HOW TO SCORE, PUTTING THE BALL AWAY. THOSE TWO LINKING UP, McDONALD AND WILLIAMS ALREADY IN THIS MATCH. 26th MINUTE. GORDEN, TALKED TO MARISSA BEFORE THE GAME ABOUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR HER CLUB TO BE HERE IN THEIR FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP. THERE IS NO FOUL. DEBINHA IS GOING TO PLAY ON. >>Aly: THE DEFENSIVE WORK RATE OF DEBINHA IN THAT LAST PLAY WAS OUTSTANDING. SHE CHASES SARAH GORDEN DOWN, WHO IS THE FASTEST PLAYER ON CHICAGO. THEN GOES IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.>>Jenn: CHANCE FOR CHICAGO, KEEPING GOOD POSSESSION. NOW TO KERR. SHE WILL TAKE THE SHOT. NOT ON TARGET, THOUGH.>>Aly: THIS IS A LOOK AT IT. DEBINHA THEN WINS THAT SECOND ONE. POLE DIRECTO IS GOING TO SAY FOUL. TRIES TO TRIP THE GOAL KEEPER. IT WASN’T A BAD IDEA. >>Jenn: WHAT DID YOU HEAR IN THE HYDRATION BREAK?>>I SPOKE WITH SCOTT AND I SAW HIM TALKING TO SAM HUGHES BEFORE THE HYDRATION BREAK. HE WANTS MEWIS TO STEP UP A LITTLE BIT MORE, BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT DEFENDING THE SPACE ABOVE THE 18 BECAUSE THE CENTERBACKS ARE TAKING CARE OF SAM KERR. SHE WANTS MEWIS TO TAKE CARE OF HER SERVICE. >>Aly: THAT’S WHERE THE GAP IS FORMING BETWEEN THE ATTACK AND HOW THEY ARE SHIELDING SAM KERR. I THOUGHT THAT WAS A SIGN OF HOW CONCERNED THEY WERE WITH SAM KERR’S MOVEMENT. AND THE FACT THEY ARE SITTING 2-0 UP AND YOU DON’T NEED TO COMMIT RESOURCES FORWARD. >>Jenn: CAROLINA TRYING TO KEEP THAT — SHEET INTACT. NEVER CONCEDED A FIRST GOAL THIS THE FIRST HALF IN THE REGULAR SEASON. ERTZ, CAN’T TAKE TWO ON. NOT WITH WILLIAMS POUNDING HER WITH THE BALL AT HER FEET. HERE COMES HINKLE. McCASKILL.>>Aly: SHE TURNS AND LOOKS UP. HER FIRST GLANCE IS ALWAYS WHERE IS NUMBER 20, SAM KERR. KERR TRYING TO RUN, NAGASATO TRYING TO COME UP WITH THE PERFECT BALL. THAT WUNDT IT. >>Jenn: AND THE DIAGONAL, SAVANNA IS THE ONE PLAYER HITTING THAT BALL ACROSS THE PITCH TO FIND YUKI. >>Jenn: KERR TURNS ABOUT IT. WANTS TO CONNECT WITH NAGASATO. COLAPRICO TO KERR. WHERE WILL IT GO. McCASKILL. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR OUST UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA. — OUT OF UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA. RYAN PATIENT. NOBODY EVEN GOING FOR IT. DAMES TOLD US IF THEY CAN KEEP IT ON THAT ATTACKING END AND FORCE NORTH CAROLINA TO DEFEND IN THEIR DEFENSIVE THIRD, THEY DON’T OFTEN HAVE TO DO THAT BECAUSE OF HOW HIGH NORTH CAROLINA GETS UP THE FIELD. HE FELT LIKE THEY COULD BEAT THEM BACK THERE. JUST HAVEN’T FOUND THE MAGIC CONNECTION JUST YET. COMING UP, THE CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER. WE WILL TALK THE STATE OF THE NWSL AND WE WILL CHAT WITH THE NWSL PRESIDENT AMANDA DUFFY AND ALY AND I WILL BREAK DOWN OUR FIRST HALF. PLENTY COMING YOUR WAY AT HALF TIME. I SAID EARLIER THAT NORTH CAROLINA DIDN’T STEAM ROLL THE LEAGUE LIKE THEY DID LAST SEASON. STILL ANOTHER TREMENDOUS YEAR TO FINISH IN FIRST PLACE. KEY WINS IN THE REGULAR SEASON, 49 POINTS TO LEAD THE LEAGUE. THIS WAS A SEASON THAT SAW SEVEN DIFFERENT TEAMS SIT AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER. WE DID NOT KNOW THE MATCHUPS FOR THE PLAYOFFS UNTIL THE FINAL DAY OF THE REGULAR SEASON. COLAPRICO CAME FLYING IN THERE. RESULTS IN A TURNOVER. McCASKILL. SHE AND KERR LOOKING AT HER AFTER, I DON’T THINK YOU ARE GOING THE LIKE THAT, IF IF YOU ARE A CHICAGO RED STARS FAN AT ALL. HOW MUCH YOU GUYS SAW OF THAT. KERR WAS FRUSTRATED, TRIED TO TALK TO McCASKILL, McCASKILL BASICALLY BLEW HER OFF. I MAN THAT WILL LEAD TO A DISCUSSION AT HALF TIME. NOT GOOD BODY LANGUAGE. >>Aly: I THINK SHE WANTS THE BALL AT HER FEET AND THE MISCUES ARE GOING ON AS TO WHERE SHE WANTS THE BALL. AND SAM KERR IS THE PLAYER THAT’S GOING TO OPEN THIS UP FOR CHICAGO. THAT’S THE REALITY. HERE’S THE BALL FROM SAVANNA McCASKILL THAT KERR WAS NOT HAPPY WITH A. TERRIBLE PASS. BUT THE QUESTION IS, WAS IT FOR KERR. IS IT SOMETHING KERR COULD PULL OFF. YOU LOOK AT THAT AND WONDER IF NAGASATO WAS SOMEWHERE IN THE VICINITY LOOKING TO CREEP IN. JUST A BAD PASS. >>Jenn: BRAVE BALL THERE PLAYED BY LABBE.>>Aly: NECESSARY PASS, RIGHT?>>Jenn: DEBINHA. THROUGH THE DEFENSE, IN. WILLIAMS ACROSS. McDONALD. ALY, YOU HAVE BEEN IN MATCHES WHERE PROBABLY YOU AND A TEAMMATE HAVE DISAGREED. THEY ALL WANT TO PLAY WELL. IT IS INTENSE. YOU HAVE HAD A MOMENT. >>Aly: MANY. >>Jenn: FIGURING THAT OUT IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF TEAM CHEMISTRY. THAT’S SOMETHING CHICAGO HAS ALL SEASON LONG SAID THEY HAVE DONE WELL WITH. >>Aly: YOU HAVE EXPECTATIONS AND DEMANDS FROM EACH OTHER. SOMETIMES PASSES ARE GOING TO GO AWRY. >>Jenn: KERR PLACE IT BACK TO NAGASATO. ALL THE NUMBERS CENTRAL AT THE MOMENT FOR CHICAGO. THESE TWO — KERR WANTS NAGASATO TO COME UP AND JOIN HER. SHE DOESN’T ALWAYS WANT HER TO PLAY FROM BEHIND. IT IS THE BOUNCE OPTION. SHORT WANTS A BIG SWITCH TO GORDEN. SHORT GETS AROUND DUNN. NAGASATO TURNS. DIBERNARDO. ACROSS IT GOES. KERR WAITING FOR IT. GOT A FOOT TO IT. BETTER HERE FROM THE RED STARS. BUT IT WINDS UP WITH NO CHANCE. >>Aly: GETS BACK THROUGH THE FRINGE FOR CHICAGO IN AN ADVANCED AREA. SAM KERR AT THE BACK POST, AT A DIFFICULT ANGLE. CASEY SHORT WAS TUCKING IN. SHE IS THE ONE WHO TURNED DUNN. SHE DIDN’T KNOW DUNN WAS ON HER BACK. SHE SPUN HER AND THAT’S HOW CHICAGO GOT OUT TO THE FAR SIDE AND RELEASED PLAY. THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE GOT DO, ESPECIALLY AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA, YOU HAVE GOT TO SHIFT THE BLOCK.>>Jenn: O’REILLY, THEY HAVE KEPT IT HOME A LITTLE BIT MORE THESE LAST FEW MINUTES. BUT THE BALL STILL IN THE ATTACK WITH McDONALD. WILLIAMS COMING FOR IT. ERTZ RIGHT THERE WITH HER. SEEING A NALL SWITCH FOR GORDEN. NORTH CAROLINA’S TURN TO DICTATE. GORDEN HAS TO BE BRAVER ON THE NEAR SIDE, BRING THAT ONE DOWN, SPIN OUT OF PRESSURE IF SHE CAN.>>Jenn: CASEY SHORT IS SQUATTING DOWN JUST OUTSIDE THE AREA AT THE MOMENT. REFEREE WILL COME OVER AND HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH HER, MAKE SURE SHE’S ALL RIGHT. WHAT A TREMENDOUS YEAR FOR HER, TO TAKE THAT DISAPPOINTMENT, ALY OF NOT MAKING THE U.S. WORLD CUP TEAM. SHE WAS RIGHT THERE, ONE OF, IF NOT THE LAST PLAYER CUT FROM THAT TELL BY JILL ELLIS. AND THEN HAVING A TREMENDOUS SEASON FOR CHICAGO.>>Aly: YEAH, WE HAVE SAID IT BEFORE. THAT’S ONE V ONE DEFENDER THAT THE U.S. HAS. BUT IT’S JUST FIGURING OUT HOW TO BUILD OUT OF THE BACK. IF YOU ARE FIGURING OUT HOW TO BE EFFECTIVE IN THAT FINAL THIRD THAT’S GOING TO TAKE HER TO THE NEXT LEVEL — >>Jenn: HAD A HUGE GOAL ATTACKING WISE, TALKING ABOUT THAT ASPECT OF HER GAME EARLIER THIS SEASON, ONE THAT CHICAGO WILL TELL IS YOU MAYBE ONE OF THEIR BIGGEST GOALS OF THE YEAR IN A WIN ON SEPTEMBER 11th AT ORLANDO, IT WAS PART OF THAT FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK TO END THE REGULAR SEASON FOR CHICAGO. IT WAS A 1-0 VICTORY. THAT WAS THE ONLY GOAL IN THAT MATCH. BOTH OF THESE TEAMS WENT THROUGH THEIR MOMENTS OF SOME SLIPS AND SLIDES IN THE REGULAR SEASON. CHICAGO HAD A COUPLE OF THREE-GAME LOSING STREAKS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON. NORTH CAROLINA DIDN’T HAVE A WIN IN THE MONTH OF MAY. AND NOW THIS INJURY WILL GIVE BOTH TEAMS AGAIN MINUTE TO REGROUP BEFORE THIS FIRST HALF ENDS.>>Aly: REMEMBER, CHICAGO ALREADY DOWN AN OUTSIDE BACK IN ARIN WRIGHT WHO IS OUT. ANNOUNCED THAT SHE WAS PREGNANT. SHE HAS BEEN UNAVAILABLE FOR THE LAST SIX MATCHES OF THE REGULAR SEASON. >>Jenn: SEVEN IF YOU INCLUDE THE SEMIFINAL. THEN IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHO RORY WOULD BRING IN, PERHAPS MARIA SANCHEZ. MARISSA, CAN YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT WHAT’S GOING ON WITH CASEY. >>I CAN SEE SHE IS USING HER INHALER. NOT TO SPECULATE ABOUT WHY REASON WHY BUT SHE USED IT EARLIER AFTER THEY CONCEDED THE SECOND GOAL. SHE IS SPEAKING WITH THE TRAINER NOW, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE SHE IS USING HER INHALER.>>Jenn: THANK YOU MARISSA. WE TALKED ABOUT — I MEAN, IT IS SWELTERING OUT HERE THIS AFTERNOON. HOT AND HUMID IN CAREY, NORTH CAROLINA. CASEY SHORT, A PLAYER WHO RARELY HAS TO LEAVE THE FIELD: STARTED ALL BUT ONE MATCH FOR THE RED STARS THIS SEASON. THE ONLY ONE SHE MISSED WAS NORTH CAROLINA. AND THAT WAS INJURY EARLY IN THE SEASON FOR THAT ONE. FOUR MINUTES OF STOPPAGE TIME ADDED TO OUR FIRST HALF. ONE THAT HAS BEEN DOMINATED BY THE HOME TEAM, THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. LEADING TWO GOALS TO NONE, OUTSHOOTING CHICAGO 11-5 SO FAR. REALLY COMING AT CHICAGO FROM ALL ANGLES. O’REILLY, THEN McDONALD ON THAT SIDE. WILLIAMS, DEBINHA. >>Aly: SOME OF THE NEWEST — I MEAN THEY HAVE ALL BEEN UP THIS IN THE ATTACK. >>Jenn: THAT IS THE THING WITH THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM. THEY CAN ALL BREAK YOU DOWN. I MEAN THEY ARE STACKED. EVERY TEAM IN THIS LEAGUE KNOWS IT. AND YOU ARE NOT GOING TO STOP THEM ALL.>>Jenn: GREAT HUSTLE BY McCASKILL TO KEEP IT IN, TRY TO KEEP IT ALIVE. AND SHE’S GOING TO GET A GIFT RIGHT BACK FROM ABBY. GORDEN TURNS WITH IT. KERR. LET THAT ONE GO. RYAN. MORGAN RYAN WILL TAKE THE SHOT. SUNSHINE ON THAT END OF THE FIELD. REALLY AT BOTH ENDS RIGHT NOW. WE MENTIONED IT BEFORE. ELBY BRAVE WITH HER DRIPGS. NOT AFRAID TO PLACE THE BALL UP THE MIDDLE. THAT TIME SHE SENT IT RIGHT BACK TO McCASKILL. >>Aly: BEFORE THAT HAPPENED, AS THAT WAS HAPPENING I WAS WATCHING SAM KERR SHE IS URGING HER TEAM TO COME FORWARD WITH HER. THEY LOOK GASSED. IT IS SO HOT AND HUMID OUT THERE. THE PLAYERS ARE JUST WAITING FOR THE WHISTLE. >>Jenn: THE REST OF THE FIELD, THIS IS THE FRESHEST THEY HAVE BEEN COMING INTO THE POSTSEASON. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO DIG DEEP AND RELY UPON THAT IF THEY WANT TO GIVE HER THE SUPPORT IN THE SECOND HALF. DEBINHA, MEWIS, HAPPY. THROUGH IT ONTO THE BALL. BACK TO THE BRAZILIAN. CHICAGO DEFENDERS AROUND HER, ERTZ TRYING TO HOLD HER OFF. DUNN HAS IT!>>Aly: IT IS A MATTER OF WHO IS GOING TO BREAK YOU NOW. WATCH DEBINHA’S MOVEMENT, GETTING IN THE PERIMETER. SHE DRAGS THE 6 OVER. SHE IS THE ONE WHO RELEASES IT. WE SEE THIS TIME AND TIME AGAIN. SURGES FORWARD AND GETS BEYOND MEWIS AND SLIPS PAST AFTER MEWIS SLIPS THAT LINE. AND BATTLES AND IS REWARDED IN THE END. THAT IS A PATTERN FROM NORTH CAROLINA. YOU HAVE GOT McDONALD TO ONE SIDE, ALONG WITH DEBINHA. THEY OVERLOAD IT. THEY SOLVE THE PRESSURE AND THEN THEY SURGE DOWN THE MIDDLE. THEY GET YOU DOWN THE GUT. >>Jenn: A DAGGER FROM DUNN TO EXTEND THE LEAD NOW TO 3-0, THINGS LOOKING DIRE FOR THE RED STARS IN THEIR FIRST CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE. GORDEN. A SHOT FROM DIBERNARDO IS BLOCKED. SO MUCH PRESSURE RIDING ON SAM KERR’S SHOULDERS, SOMETHING SHE IS WELL ACCUSTOMED TO TO. PRETTY MUCH CARRIED THE WEIGHT OF A NATION IN THE WORLD CUP. NO SECRET THAT SHE IS THE GO-TO PLAYER FOR THE CHICAGO RED STARS TEAM. ALY, RIGHT NOW, THEY ARE IN A DEEP, DEEP ROLE ON THE ROAD AGAINST THE COURAGE. >>Aly: THEY ARE GOING TO NEED HER TO PULL THEM OUT. RIGHT NOW SHE’S TOO ISOLATED SHE’S TOO FRUSTRATED, AND FRANKLY, NO ONE IS LOOK ISSING LIKE THEY HAVE THE ENERGY TO COME HELP HER OUT. IN THAT SECOND HALF THEY ARE GOING TO NEED TO REGROUP.>>Jenn: PAUL RILEY’S TEAM LOOKING DOMINANT IN THIS FIRST HALF IN THEIR THIRD STRAIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP APPEARANCE, TRYING TO ONCE AGAIN DOUBLE DOWN, PULL OFF THAT DOUBLE OF REGULAR SEASON CHAMPION AND NWSL CHAMPION IN THIS FIRST SEASON. >>Aly: WITH THEM IT IS A MATTER OF WHO IS GOING TO HURT YOU? THREE DIFFERENT GOAL SCORERS IN THAT FIRST HALF. WHO DO YOU SHUT DOWN?>>Jenn: LET’S GO TO MARISSA, WHO IS CAN JESS McDONALD. >>YOUR TEAM ENTERS HALFTIME UP THREE GOALS. YOU SCORED ONE IN THE 26th. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO BREAK DOWN CHICAGO’S DEFENSE?>>I THINK WE KEEP OUR MOMENTUM GOING, WE WORRIED ABOUT THE THINGS WE NEEDED TO WORK ON. WE WORK ON OUR STRENGTH AND WE KNEW WE WERE GOING TO HAVE A GAME THAT WAS IN OUR BACK POCKET.>>THANKS FOR YOUR TIME. >>THANK YOU. >>Jenn: COMING UP, NWSL’S CHAMPIONSHIP HALF TIME SHOW. WE WILL TALK ABOUT THE NATE OF THE NWSL, AND WE WILL TALK WITH THE NWSL PRESIDENT, AMANDA DUFFY.>>>THIS BROADCAST IS PROENTED BY AUTHORITY OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAD AND MAY NOT BE REPRODUCED OR RETRANSMITTED IN ANY FORM WITHOUT THE EXPRESS WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE.>>Jenn: WELCOME BACK. PLENTY OF HAPPY NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE FANS AS THEIR TEAM LEADS CHICAGO 3-0. WE ARE ABOUT READY TO GET STARTED WITH THE SECOND HALF FROM CAREY, NORTH CAROLINA. JENN HILDRETH, ALY WAGNER AND MARISSA HUCLES JOINING US FOR THIS MATCH. DOWN TO THE FIELD. >>Marissa: HOW DO YOU CLOSE OUT THIS GAME AND WIN THIS CHAMPIONSHIP?>>WE KEEP PLAYING THE WAY WE HAVE BEEN PLAYING. WE ARE HURTING THEM DOWN THE LEFT SIDE A LOT AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET BEHIND THEM CONSIDERABLY ON THE RIGHT HAND. KEEP THE TWO 10s IN THE GAME, GET THE 9s IN BEHIND THEM. THIS FIRST TEN MINUTES IS KEY FOR US. WE NEED TO GET THROUGH THE FIRST TEN MINUTES AND SELLING THEM DOWN. >>Marissa: THANK YOU.>>Jenn: DEBINHA, McDONALD, AND DUNN, THE GOAL SCORERS. AMONGST THAT GROUP, TWO NUMBER 10s, TWO ATTACKING MIDFIELDERS IN THE TOP OF THAT BOX MIDFIELD FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. THE SECOND HALF IS UNDER WAY. COURAGE IN ALL NAVY. CHICAGO RED STARS IN THE WHITE TOP AND THE BLUE SHORTS. LET’S SEE WHAT THIS CHICAGO TEAM IS MADE OF IS AT THIS POINT YOU HAVE TO THINK, LOOK ANYWHERE WHEN THE SCOREBOARD, TRY TO GET YOURSELF BACK INTO THIS THING ONE GOAL AT A TIME. CHICAGO SET RECORDS FOR WINS, POINTS, AND GOALS. THEY NEED SOME NOW. BETTER, THIS CHICAGO TEAM IS ONE THAT HAS FIGURED OUT HOW TO BEAT NORTH CAROLINA MORE SO THAN ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE LEAGUE. THAT’S BEEN IN THE REGULAR SEASON. DIFFERENT STORY IN THE POSTSEASON. JOHNSON ON THE ATTACK FOR CHICAGO. NAGASATO QUICK INTO THE ATTACK. WON’T STOP THE BALL BY DAHLKEMPER. WELL DONE, BUT NOW CHICAGO WILL LINE UP THEIR FIRST CORNER THIS MATCH.>>Aly: CHICAGO WILL GET TO THE FAR SIDE, THEN CHANGE IT AGAIN. AND FOUND YUKI.>>Jenn: DIBERNARDO. WILL TAKE — LABBE. THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY IT SHORT FIRST. SECOND BALL FOR NAGASATO. TOO SHORT TO GET AWAY FROM DUNN. YOU THINK THAT WOULD BE A YELLOW FOR DIBERNARDO.>>Aly: AN OPPORTUNITY WASTED BY CHICAGO. FRUSTRATION AND THE RIGHT MOVE BY DIBERNARDO TO STOP THE COUNTER ATTACK. — ADVANTAGE BECAUSE THEY WILL BE OFF AND RUNNING.>>Jenn: MARISSA THAT HAD TO BE FRUSTRATING FOR RED STARS. >>Marissa: THE COACH SAID THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE TOO CAVALIER. THEY KNOW THEY NEED TO GET A GOAL BUT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO THROW NUMBERS FORWARD. BE PATIENT ON THE BALL AND NOT TRY TO FORCE THE COUNTER-ATTACK BECAUSE NORTH CAROLINA HAS BEEN DOING SUCH A GOOD JOB AT SHUTTING THAT DOWN.>>Aly: IT LOOKS LIKE THEIR STARTING POSITION DEFENSIVELY BOTH YUKI AND JOHNSON PLAYING HIGHER UP. INITIALLY STARTING WITH THEIR LISTEN OF PRESSURE IN A 4-4-2.>>Jenn: GORDEN IN THE ATTACK. WILLIAMS. KATIE JOHNSON IS THE SUB FOR THE SECOND HALF. 25-YEAR-OLD FORMER NATIONAL CHAMPION AT USC. A MEMBER OF THE MEXICAN NATIONAL TEAM. ONE APPEARANCE AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA THIS SEASON.>>Aly: YOU THINK A LOT OF THAT IS JUST BECAUSE SHE ISN’T THE BEST DEFENSIVE ATTACKING PLAYER THEY HAVE. BUT I THINK SHE IS REALLY THE ONLY POSITIVE SUBSTITUTION THEY CAN MAKE THAT COULD CHANGE A GAME.>>Jenn: CHICAGO TEAM SEEING MOTT AND MICHELE MOST OF THE SEASON, TWO PLAYERS THEY FIGURED WOULD FIGURE PROM INNOCENTLY IN THEIR ATTACK. GOOD-LOOKING BALL, RIGHT UP THE MIDDLE. BIT OUT OF THE REACH OF JOHNSON. THIS IS WHAT SHE CAN BRING, PACE ON THE OUTSIDE. SHE HAD A STEP ON HICHKEL. THEN HINKLE DOES WELL JUST TO CHOOELD AND LET HER GOAL KEEPER COME AND CLEAN — JUST TO SHIELD AND LET HER GOAL KEEPER COME AND CLEAN THAT ONE UP. DEBINHA. GOT THE SCORING STARTED IN THE FOURTH MINUTE OF THIS MATCH FOR NORTH CAROLINA. AROUND SHE IS GOES TO McDONALD. AND THEN ACROSS TO WILLIAMS. NEARLY RETURNING THE FAVOR. THAT WILLIAMS SET UP IN THE 26th MINUTE. >>Aly: TAKING TWO 6s OUT OF GAME FOR CHICAGO. RIGHT PAST COLAPRICO. FINDS McDONALD ON THE EDGE. THEN SHE FIND HER COUNTER-PART, WILLIAMS, TRYING TO SNEAK IN IN FRONT OF ERTZ.>>Jenn: NOW GETS IT BACK FROM NAGASATO. OUT TO JOHNSON. GIVING DEFENDERS PLENTY OF TIME TO TAKE IT AWAY. NOW GORDEN TAKES IT BACK. ONLY FOR A MOMENT. THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP IS PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER THE OFFICIAL SUPPORTER OF THE NWSL.>>Aly: DUNN HOBBLED. WHEN YOU WATCH HER PLAY, IT TYPICALLY DOESN’T LAST FOR LONG. SHE IS SUCH A TOUGH PLAYER. BUT STILL DOWN AT THE MOMENT.>>Jenn: DUNN SCORED IN THE REGULAR SEASON AGAINST CHICAGO. ALSO SCORED IN STOPPAGE TIME IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS MATCH.>>Aly: THAT’S A LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENED. TURNED THE ANKLE TO THE OUTSIDE. WE HEARD AT THE END OF HALF TIME PAUL RILEY TALKING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HIS TWO 10s. DUNN AND DEBINHA: >>Jenn: A MID FIELDER ALSO ON THE BENCH. HAMILTON WAS NAMED THE MOST VALUABLE PLAYER THIS SEASON TECHNICALLY WHILE THE PLAYERS WERE AWAY AT WORLD CUP. NINE GOALS, SITTING ON THE BENCH. ZERBONI, AS WHO YOU SAW GAVE THAT FIRED UP PREGAME SPEECH TO THE TEAM. THAT’S WHAT SHE IS KNOWN FOR. HAS BEEN A PART OF THIS CLUB FOR A LONG TIME. TWO TIME BEST 11th SELECTION. PLAYED FOR THE FLASH BEFORE NORTH CAROLINA. COURAGE LEADING 3-0 OVER THE RED STARS. GLAD TO HAVE YOU ALONG WITH US. KATIE JOHNSON SO CHANGE OF THE MATCH SO FAR. DRIVES IT ACROSS. LABBE. BUT NOT YET CLEARED. GORDEN. GOT HERSELF TIME TO GET OFF THE SERVICE. OVER FOR NAGASATO. LITTLE HALF HEARTED TOUCH IN THE ENFROM DEBAR NARCOTICO. LITTLE FLURRY FROM CHICAGO IN THE ATTACK. JOHNSON GETS IN LINE. CUTS THAT ONE BACK. LABBE CLEARS, GOES RIGHT INTO ERCEG. CATCHES HER OFF GUARD.>>Jenn: ERCEG DOES WELL TO KEEP HER ARMS DOWN, MAKE SURE THERE WERE NO ERRANT TOUCHES THERE. MEWIS. LITTLE TOO PHYSICAL THAT TIME AS SHE TRIED TO TAKE THE BALL AWAY. COMES IN FOR MEWIS, PUSHES OFF WITH THAT FOREARM. YOU SEE A LITTLE BIT OF EXTENSION. I THINK THAT’S WHY THE REF CALLS IT. MEWIS IS 5’11” IS NOT ABLE TO GET AWI WITH MUCH, ONE OF THE BIGGER PLAYERS OUT ON THE FIELD IN TERMS OF STATURE. EASIER TO SEE THOSE MOVES. IN TO KERR. JOHNSON. CORNER KICK COMING FOR CHICAGO. CAN THEY DOLL BETTER THAN THEIR FIRST ATTEMPT? KATIE JOHNSON, AN IMMEDIATE IMPACT FOR CHICAGO THIS SECOND HALF. SHE BRINGS KERR IN BEHIND. WE WILL GET A SECOND LOOK AT IT AFTER KERR CONVERTS. >>Jenn: WELL, CHICAGO IN A BIT OF A DRY SPELL FOR 29 MATCHES. NOW COMING OFF OF THE CORNER KICK, THIS WOULD BE A GOOD TIME TO END THAT. PACK TO MARCH OF 2018 THE LAST TIME THE RED STARS WERE ABLE TO SCORE OF A CORNER OR A PLAY THAT STARTED OFF A CORNER. RYAN TO KERR. RED STARS ATTACKING WITH THEIR GROUP OF FANS RIGHT BEHIND LABBE IN GOAL IN THIS HALF. BRYANT. IN THE AREA. SHORT RUNS INTO THE STAKES. LOST OFFICIALLY BY DEBINHA. SHORT. FOOT IT. CAN’T DIRECT IT THOUGH.>>Aly: STARTING UP HIGHER ON THE PITCH AND BETTER POSSESSION. GOOD SERVE TO THE BACK POST BY SHORT. AND KERR IS FRUSTRATED WITH HERSELF, BECAUSE THAT ONE SHE DIPCALLY PUTS AWAY. GOT IT GET IT BACK ACROSS LABBE. A CRITICAL FINISH TO TRY TO TUCK IT IN NEAR POST. >>Jenn: 77 GOALS KERR HAS SCORED IN THE REGULAR SEASON. DOWN IN OTHER POSTSEASON GOAL, THE GAME WINNER, THE ONLY GOAL IN THE GAME AGAINST PORTLAND. THESE MOMENTS OF THIS MATCH WE ARE SEEING THE FRUSTRATION GETTING THE BEST OF HER. DEBINHA. PLAYING WITH SO MUCH CONFIDENCE, DEBINHA. >>Aly: WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE FREEDOM FOR KERR. SAME THING FOR DEBINHA. SHE HAS FREEDOM TO ROAM WHERE SHE WILL. IT IS A DIFFICULT THING FOR CHICAGO TO DEAL WITH.>>Jenn: TAKING A LOOK AROUND. McDONALD WILL COME. GET THE THROW A LITTLE CLOSER THIS TEAM. SET UP O’REILLY. WHO IS DOWN OFF OF RYAN FOR A NORTH CAROLINA CORNER. FIRST OF THE SECOND HALF, FOURTH OF THE MATCH. O’REILLY. CHOICE OF WHICH BALL SHE WOULD LIKE TO USE. O’REILLY LOOKING TO CLOSE OUT HER PHENOMENAL CAREER WITH A CHAMPIONSHIP HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA. BALL BOUNCED TO COLAPRICO. SHE’S JUST GOING TO CLEAR IT OUT OF BOUNDS.>>Jenn: THE SECRET IS OUT. IF SHE WAS THE LEAGUE’S BEST KEPT SECRET SHE IS NO MORE. NOT THE YEAR SHE IS HAD AND THE WAY SHE IS BEEN PLAYING FOR NORTH CAROLINA. DUNN BACK ON THE FIELD RIGHT THERE. A GOOD SIGN FOR NORTH CAROLINA. SHE HAD COME OFF FOR A WHILE. GORDEN OVERLAPPING. TRYING TO PLAY IT TO HERSELF. HINKLE. NO WHISTLE. HINKLE JUST DROPS THE BALL AWAY, TO THE DISPLEASURE OF CHICAGO FANS.>>Aly: I LIKE WHAT I AM SEEING OUT OF SARAH GORDEN. SHE JUST SEEMS TO COME FLYING INTO SPACE. AND SHE’S GOT THE PACE OVER HIMPGEL. BUT HIMPGEL JUST SAYS NO PROBLEM. I MEAN THAT IS GOOD DEFENDING. MAINTAIN POSSESSION.>>Jenn: HINKLE HAS PLAYED IN EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY POSTSEASON MATCH FOR THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. AND HERE COMES DEBINHA AGAIN. O’REILLY, CRISSCROSSING IN FRONT OF HER. DEBINHA WILL TRY IT HERSELF. JUST A BIT WIDE.>>Aly: YOU KNEW THAT WHOLE TIME DEBINHA WAS GOING TO USE O’REILLY AS A DECOY. DEBINHA CAN SAY ALL RIGHT, YOU GO THERE I AM TAKING IT INSIDE. SHE POINTS FOR O’REILLY, AND USES THAT TO SHIFT THE BALL. PASS KICK IS SHORT.>>Jenn: GOOD DEFENDING THAT TIME BY SHORT. DOES GIVE UP FOR THE CORNER KICK, HOWEVER. THE REFEREE ENCOURAGING NORTH CAROLINA TO GET A MOVE ON. SENT SOMEBODY OVER TO TAKE THE CORNER.>>Aly: A GOOD VARIETY OF SERVICE FROM O’REILLY FROM THE CORNER. KERR WON THAT BALL FOR CHICAGO.>>Jenn: DAHLKEMPER RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE. NORTH CAROLINA SCORED AGAIN. MEWIS JOINS THE PARTY.>>Aly: AGAIN, IT IS NOT OFF THE INITIAL SERVICE FROM THE SET PIECE. IT IS OFF THE SECOND ONE. THIS TIME DAHLKEMPER STRIKES THAT ONE IN. MEWIS GETS THE STEP. SHE’S ON HER BACK. MEWIS HAS POSITION. A LITTLE GLANCING HEADER BY MEWIS IS ALL IT TAKES. AND ANY BIT OF MOMENTUM THAT YOU FELT LIKE CHICAGO BROUGHT TO THE HALF, NORTH CAROLINA SILENCED IT.>>Jenn: ZERBONI IN TO THE MATCH REPLACING DUNN AFTER THAT MEWIS GOAL. NORTH CAROLINA NOW THE MOST GOALS EVER SCORED BY ONE TEAM IN A FINAL. AND STILL PLENTY OF TIME TO PLAY. LET’S GO RED STARS CHANT BREAKING OUT FROM THE CHICAGO SUPPORTERS SECTION. NAGASATO IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEM. DAHLKEMPER WITH HER HANDS DOWN BOUNCES THE BALL OUT FOR A CORNER. DIBERNARDO. KERR HAS 6’0″ JESS McDONALD RIGHT IN FRONT OF HER TRYING TO GET TO THAT BALL. WILLIAMS. TAKING OUT McDONALD. DIDN’T QUITE GET THE TOUCH SHE WANTED LAST TIME. LET’S TALK MORE ABOUT THE LAST SUBSTITUTION, ZER BENNY COMING IN. >>Marissa: THE ASSISTANT COACH TOLD ME THE ZERBONI SUB WAS BECAUSE OF THE ANKLE INJURY AND ALSO BECAUSE OF HER LEADERSHIP ABILITY. THEY WILL BE PLAYING NOW WITH THREE 6s AND ONE 10. >>Jenn: AS WE TALKED ABOUT, NICE OPTIONS TO HAVE OFF THE BENCH IF YOU ARE PAUL RILEY. ZER BENNY HAS APPEARED IN 20 GAMES IN HER CAREER. ONE OF THE MOST CALL TIME IN TERMS OF APPEARANCES. >>Aly: HE SAID IT WAS GOING TO BE LIKE FOR LIKE, THREE 6s AND ONE 10. >>Jenn: WE ARE GOING TO SEE BROADER MID-FIELDER LIKE FOR LIKE, PERHAPS. BUT YES, IT IS COMING WITH A CHANG. I DON’T KNOW, ALY, O’REILLY DIDN’T WANT TO TALK DYNASTY. WE WILL GET CHICAGO GET ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY FROM THE FREE KICK.>>Aly: WE HAVE ONEIN THE FIRST HALF. AND NOW ONE IN THE SECOND HALF. BAD DECISION BY LABBE IN PLAYING IT OUT. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT WAS A CLEARANCE THAT WENT AWRY. EITHER WAY IT IS A TURNOVER. I THINK CHICAGO IS MOVING SLOW. I THINK IN THE FINAL HEARD THE THEY ARE DOING A BETTER JOB OF GETTING LAYERS INTO COMBINATION. BUT IN THE FINAL THIRD — . >>Jenn: DANIELLE COLAPRICO AND BRIAN THE TWO OVER THE BALL. IT WILL BE BRIAN. TRYING TO SET UP KERR. A SHOT FROM BEBERNARDO. AND CHICAGO — NO, THEY ARE CALLING IT OFF. FOUL BEFORE THE SHOT. ZERBONI HAS HAD A ROUGH WELCOME TO THIS MATCH.>>Aly: THE CLEARANCE THAT COMES AT THE TOP OF THE BLOCK. NAUGHTON IS TRYING TO MAKE A PLAY. I THINK SHE IS RIGHT IN THE MIDSECTION OF ZERBONI. UNFORTUNATELY, BECAUSE THAT WAS A SWEET STRIKE BY DIBERNARDO.>>Jenn: THINK ABOUT IT, CHICAGO HAS HAD A COUPLE OF MOMENTS IN THIS MATCH THAT HAD THEY GONE ANOTHER WAY WE DO SEE THEM WITH A COUPLE GOALS TO THIS POINT AND SOUCH OF A DIFFERENT NARRATIVE MIGHT HAVE BEEN. BUT RIGHT NOW IT IS ALL NORTH CAROLINA. WONDER IF MAYBE THIS IS — THEY HAVE DONE THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS, NAUGHTON WAS ON THE MOST DOMINANT TEAM WE HAVE SEEN IN WOMEN’S SOCCER IN THE UNITED STATES. REMEMBERED TO TAKE THE WALL AWAY FROM NORTH CAROLINA THAT TIME. DEBINHA GETS IT BACK. TRIPPED BY ERTZ.>>Aly: THIS IS MY FIRST BATTLE TODAY. HEAVY TOUCH BY DEBINHA. ONE OF THE RARE ONES WE HAVE SEEN IN IN GAME. THEN BACK OFF OF ERTZ. AS DEBINHA TRIES TO CUT BACKAND CLEANS OUT THOSE LEGS.>>Jenn: PERHAPS A LITTLE TOO DEEP HERE FOR DEBRISINA MAGIC FOR THE FREE KICK. NONETHELESS, WE WILL SEE WHAT NORTH CAROLINA OPTS TO TRY AND DO.>>Aly: WE WILL SEE IF THEY USE O’SULLIVAN. RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE BALL OF CHICAGO. PERHAPS THE WRINKLE DOES CHANGE THE ANGLE. THIS IS CENTRAL.>>Jenn: FOUR DIFFERENT NORTH CAROLINA PLAYERS THERE, HINKLE TO TOUCH IT. A COUPLE SHORT PASSES BACK TO WILLIAMS. A LITTLE TOO MUCH, MAYBE. BUT WHEN YOU ARE UP 4-0 IN A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME, WHY NOT? WORTH A TRY. HINKLE. WILLIAMS SUCH A BIG PART OF THIS ATTACK. HER MOM, CHRISTINE HERE. SMILES ON HER FACE AS SHE WATCHES LYNN GO TO WORK. YOU KIND OF FORGET SOMETIMES WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY LYNN WILLIAMS IS, TOO, COMING OUT OF PEPPERDINE A RELATIVE UNKNOWN THAT BURST ONTO THE SCENE, GOLDEN BOOT WINNER IN 2016 FOR THE WESTERN NEW YORK FLASH. ANOTHER CORNER COMING FOR NORTH CAROLINA. O’REILLY. HINKLE. HOW ABOUT ANOTHER? SEVENTH CORNER COMING UP FOR THE COURAGE.>>Aly: THIS IS WHERE CHICAGO HAS TO TAKE CARE OF THAT SECOND BALL THAT’S GOING TO COME IN. BECAUSE THEY ARE LEAVING ONE OF THEIR TARGET PLAYERS FREE ON THE RESURFACE, YOU HAVE TO PICK UP THOSE PLAYERS BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BE IN YOUR ZONES ANY LONGER.>>Jenn: HEATHER O’REILLY HAD A PENALTY KICK IN 288th MINUTE OF THE SEMIFINAL. HINKLE’S SHOT IS BLOCKED. LOOKED LIKE THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN THE WINNER IN THE SEMIFINAL. BUT THEY WENT INTO OVERTIME. COURAGE PROCEEDED THEN TO SCORE THREE MORE GOALS. AMONGST THE MOTTOS THAT YOU HEAR OFTEN WITH THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM, NO FINISH LINE. CLEAR THE TRACKS. THE MASTER MOTIVATOR, PAUL RILEY DIGGING EVER DEEPER INTO HIS BAG OF MOTIVATIONAL TRICKS. >>Aly: ALTHOUGH I AM SURE A FEW OF THE WORLD CUP PLAYERS ARE LOOKING FOR A FINISH LINE TO GET SOME REST AT THE END OF THE SEASON. >>Jenn: ERTZ KEPT THAT BALL AWAY FROM WILLIAMS. I IMAGINE IT IS TOUGH IF YOU ARE CHICAGO, TOO. WHAT A TREMENDOUS SEASON WE HAVE HAD, THE BEST IN THEIR CLUB HISTORY. THIS END TO GET HERE AND REALLY BE TAKEN OUT OF IT, EARLY, THREE GOALS THEY CONCEDE IN THE FIRST HALF STARTING IN THE FOURTH MINUTE.>>Aly: COMING IT IT ALWAYS FELT LIKE IT WAS GOING TO BE A LITTLE BIT OF A MISMATCH IN TERMS OF THE LEVEL OF PLAY THAT EACH TEAM HAD. IT WAS GOING TO BE WHETHER OR NOT CHICAGO WEATHER THAT STORM AND PLAY ON THE BREAK.>>Jenn: SLIS, ALY, WHY IS IT THAT CHICAGO HAS BEEN SO SUCCESSFUL IN THE REGULAR SEASON AGAINST NORTH CAROLINA BUT HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET IT DEMONSTRATE THE POSTSEASON?>>Aly: EVEN IF YOU GO BACK TO THE MATCHES YOU WILL SEE NORTH CAROLINA HAD THE MAJORITY OF THE POSSESSION, HAD PLENTY OF CHANCES. THEY JUST DIDN’T FINISH IN A LOT OF THOSE SITUATIONS. THEN YOU HAVE SAM KERR ON THE FLIP SIDE WHO WAS PRODUCING, TAKING ADVANTAGE OF HER MOMENTS. I THINK TO A CERTAIN EXTENT WITHOUT DAVIDSON BEING IN THERE YOU WOULD HAVE MORE ABILITY TO SOLVE THE PRESSURE IF NORTH CAROLINA IS PRESSING HIGH. YOU MISS THAT ASSET BUT I THINK CHICAGO IS TOO DEEP IN TERMS OF SUPPORT TO GET THROUGH TODAY. AND THEY ARE REALLY COMPETING.>>Jenn: NAGASATO LOOKING FOR KERR. DIBERNARDO ON THE BACK SIDE. BRIAN WITH ZERBONI ON HER BACK. FOUL. ON ZERBONI. I SEE A YELLOW IN THE HAND OF OUR REFEREE. THAT’S IN HIS ESTIMATION WHAT IS WARRANTED. RECKLESS COMING IN THAT HIGH OVER THE BALL. I THINK IF SHE MAKES MORE CONTACT THERE, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN RED.>>Jenn: WILL THIS LIGHT A FIRE UNDER THE RED STARS, GET SOMETHING GOING? MORGAN BRIAN WAITING FOR THE WHISTLE. IT WILL BE A CHICAGO THROW. BUT FIRST WE NEED A MOMENT. A COUPLE OF SUBINSTITUTIONS COMING. CROWD SAYS THANK YOU TO JESS McDONALD FOR HER WORK. AND HERE COMES — OFF THE BENCH. HAMILTON, NINE GOALS, FIVE ASSISTS ON THE SEASON. WHAT A WEAPON TO BRING OFF THE BENCH. DON’T SLEEP ON HER AND THE WORK THAT SHE CAN DO IN THE ATTACK.>>Aly: GOING BACK TO McDONALD, WHAT A NIGHT IT WAS FOR HER. SHE WAS THE ONE WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOLDING THEM ON THE OUTSIDE AND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE NARROW SPACE THAT CHICAGO HAS IN THAT BACK LINE.>>Jenn: SHE’S NOT READY TO SIT DOWN YET, EITHER.>>Aly: YOU CAN DO THAT WHEN YOU ARE UP 4-0 IN THE FINALS.>>Jenn: JOURNEYWOMAN, McDONALD, WHO WAS ALL OVER IT AND THAT IS FINALLY FOUND A HOME. AS YOU SAID, HER GROWTH CONTINUES. AS OFFEDED BY HER BEING NAMED TO THE WORLD CUP TEAM FOR THE U.S. THIS PAST SUMMER. — EVIDENCED — WILLIAMS, BALL THROUGH. WILLIAMS HAS HER SHOT BLOCKED. HERE COMES HAMILTON. WILLIAMS. IT DRIBBLES OUT OF BOUNDS.>>Aly: I MEAN YOU CAN’T COMPETE WITH IT. IF YOU ARE ANY OTHER TEAM IN THE LEAGUE THAT BALL — HAMILTON IS HIGH UP ON THE BACK LINE. THEN THE PACE, THE SURGING RUN OF LYNN WILLIAMS GETTING IN BEHIND. DOESN’T FINISH THAT. THEN YOU SEE THE WAVES OF PLAYERS COMING IN. THAT’S WHAT NORTH CAROLINA DOES TO YOU. DEBINHA IN THE CENTER OF YOUR PICTURE, HE’S THE ONE WHO STARTED THAT ATTACK. — SHE’S THE ONE WHO STARTED THAT ATTACK.>>Jenn: ALL BUSINESS FOR HEATHER O’REILLY.>>Aly: SHE WILL ALL MAKES THAT FACE. >>Jenn: CERTAINLY PART OF THE LASTING IMAGE I THINK THAT YOU WILL HAVE IF YOU HAVE EVER WATCHED HER PLAY FOR THE U.S. NATIONAL TEAM IN THE NWSL, OR THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA. MEWIS. CAME FIRING THAT BALL. JUST KNOCKED IT OFF THE CANADIAN FLAG BEHIND THE GOAL. ANOTHER HYDRATION BREAK COMING HERE. YOU HEAR THE CROWD. OVER 10,000 IN THIS SELLOUT CROWD. THIRD LARGEST EVER FOR AN NWSL FINAL. IT CONTINUES THE TREND OF TREMENDOUS NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN PARTICULAR SINCE THE WORLD CUP. AND WITH KRISTEN HAMILTON COMING IN TO THIS MATCH, LET’S GET MORE ON HER. >>Marissa: I TALKED WITH NORTH CAROLINA’S BENCH AND THEY SAYS KRISTEN HAM’S SUB, IT’S ALL ABOUT FRESH LEGS. THAT’S IT. KEPT IT SIMPLE WITH THAT. AND CHICAGO JUST SUBBED IN STANTON. THEY SAID SHE HAS BEEN A SPARK FOR THE TEAM. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR HER TO DO THE SAME AS THIS CHAMPIONSHIP ENDS UP. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR HER TO BREAK THROUGH THE LINES IN THE BACK AND BRING THE ENERGY. >>Jenn: THEY NEED A LITTLE BIT OF IT RIGHT NOW, CHICAGO, AND HAMILTON, WHY NOT? THIS IS A PLAYER WHO COULD FIGHT FOR A STARTING SPOT ANYWHERE IN THE LEAGUE AND SHE IS COMING TO HAVE BENCH FOR THE COURAGE. >>Aly: SHE’S A PLAYER THAT’S BEEN ON THE PERIPHERY TRYING TO KNOCK HER WAY INTO THE NATIONAL TEAM.>>Jenn: LET’S LOOK AT THE GOALS. STARTING IN THE FOURTH MINUTE. AGAIN, THAT’S JESS McDONALD GETTING AROUND THE EDGE. AND THEN DEBINHA, THE ONE WHO STARTED THAT PLAY, FINISHES IT OFF. AT THE BACK POST. THIS IS OFF OF A RESERVICE OFF OF A SET PIECE. CHICAGO DOESN’T PICK UP IN THE BOX. JESS McDONALD REALLY HAS A FREE HEADER. NO BUMPING HER OFF. IT IS IS A GREAT DELIVERY. TIMELY FINISH. DEBINHA SURGING IN TO THE 18. DUNN BATTLING HER WAY AND FINDS THE BACK OF THE NET. SECOND HALF, DAHLKEMPER, ANOTHER THAT’S OFF THE SET PIECE. FOUR GOALS FROM NORTH CAROLINA IN THE FINAL, FOUR DIFFERENT SCORERS. WHAT DOES THAT TELL YOU ABOUT THE COMPLETENESS OF THIS SQUAD? THAT’S BEEN THE CASE YEAR AFTER YEAR. YOU JUST DON’T KNOW WHO TO SHUT DOWN WHEN YOU ARE ROLLING INTO CAROLINA COURAGE COUNTRY. TREMENDOUS BALANCE. A LOT OF WEAPONS FOR THIS TEAM. AND THE FACT THAT THEY HAVE GOTTEN BETTER: THAT’S THE CHALLENGE WHEN YOU REACH THE MOUNTAIN TOP AND YOU HAVE TO STILL CONTINUE TO CLIMB. >>Aly: YOU HEARD THEM TALKING ABOUT THE AREAS THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD IMPROVED IN. THE BOXING IN SPOT. NOW THE PLAYERS CONTINUE TO MOVE IN AND OUT OF IT. THE WAY DEBINHA PULLS WIDE, THE WAY DUNN WILL PULL WIDE. I THINK IT HIGHLIGHTS THEIR STRENGTH.>>Jenn: ALY, I HAD ASKED YOU ABOUT THE REGULAR SEASON MEETINGS ABOUT THESE TWO TEAMS AS ZERBONI TAKES IT AWAY. AND YOU WERE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT, TO GIVE YOU A NUMBER TO BACK UP WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. NORTH CAROLINA OUTSHOT CHICAGO 59-28 IN THEIR THREE MEETINGS THIS SEASON. BUT OF THE EIGHT SHOTS CHICAGO PUT ON GOAL, THEY SCORED SIX. >>Aly: THEY DIDN’T HAVE IT TODAY, UNFORTUNATELY. NOT YET. STILL NINE MINUTES.>>Jenn: LETTING YOU SOAK THAT IN FOR A MOMENT. THE ATMOSPHERE HERE HAS BEEN ELECTRIC FROM THE FIRST WHISTLE. AND WHILE THERE ARE PLENTY OF CHICAGO RED STARS FANS IN ATTENDANCE, THOSE CHANTING “NC COURAGE” HAVE HAD PLENTY TO KEEP THEM HAPPY.>>Aly: HE KNOW WHAT A SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY THIS IS TO HAVE A CHAMPIONSHIP CALIBER TEAM RIGHT HERE UNTIL YOUR BACKYARD. — IN YOUR BACKYARD.>>Jenn: NORTH CAROLINA HAS MADE TO IT THE FINAL IN EVERY YEAR OF THEIR EXISTENCE. THEY LOST TO PORTLAND IN 2017, WON IT LAST YEAR, AND ARE TRYING TO GET THAT BACK TO BACK TITLE FOR THE WIN OVER THE RED STARS HERE TODAY.>>Jenn: HAVEN’T SEEN DAHLKEMPER GET AS MANY OPPORTUNITIES UP IN THE ATTACK. BUT BOY, WHEN SHE HAD HER MOMENT THERE IN THE 61th MINUTE AND SHE WAS GIVEN TIME ON THE BALL AFTER THE RESET, A TEMPERATURE CORNER KICK, YOU CAN SEE HER SKILLS, TOO, SHE IS ABLE TO DELIVER, SETTING UP MEWIS. HERE’S NIKKI STANTON. YOU HEARD MARISSA TALKING ABOUT HER COMING INTO THE MATCH FOR CHICAGO. ANOTHER SUBSTITUTION COMING. THIRD AND FINAL CHANGE FOR CHICAGO. ELBY REPLACING COLAPRICO.>>Aly: A LOT OF GROUND TO COVER ESPECIALLY WITH THE WAY THAT’S 10s PULL WIDE. I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE AREAS THAT CHICAGO REALLY HAD DIFFICULT SOLVING.>>Jenn: ELBY, PRESIDENT OF THE NWSL PLAYERS’ ASSOCIATION. PLAYS AN IMPORTANT ROLE ON THAT SIDE OF THE GAME AS WELL. HAMILTON. NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE LOOKING TO HANG ON, KEEP THIS CLEAN SHEET IN FRONT THEIR HOME FANS IN THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH. IT HAS BEEN A WONDERFUL SEASON FOR SAM KERR IN CHICAGO. BUT A FRUSTRATING AFTERNOON. AND YOU LOOK AT THAT YOUNG LADY, 26 YEARS OF AGE, YOU SAID IT IN THE SEMIFINAL, ALY, YOU FEEL LINING NOW SHE’S THE BEST STRIKER IN THE WORLD. >>Aly: UH-HUH. >>Jenn: HOW MUCH LONGER WILL WE GET TO SEE HER? WE HOPE, WE HOPE THAT WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE CASE HERE IN THE NWSL. >>Aly: I THINKLY HAS GOT TO GO ABROAD. I THINK SHE IS GOING TO WANT TO GO ABROAD AND EXPERIENCE A NEW CHALLENGE. SHE HAS DOMINATED THIS LEAGUE YEAR AFTER YEAR. I THINK SHE IS GOING TO BE PUSHED DIFFERENT WAYS. SELFISHLY, THOUGH, I HOPE SHE STAYS BECAUSE SHE IS SOMETHING TO WATCH. >>Jenn: AMANDA DUFFY WAS ON AT HALFTIME TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS IN THE WORKS THAT THIS LEAGUE IS GOING TO HAVE TO DO FIGURING OUT HOW TO KEEP MARQUEE PLAYERS LIKE SAM KERR IN THIS LEAGUE. >>Aly: IT IS ONE OF THE CHALLENGES. I THINK YOU HAVE TO BRING IN OTHER MARQUEE NATIONALS. IT CAN’T JUST BE THE AUSTRALIANS. >>Jenn: THAT TAKES MONEY. AS A REMIND E ONCE OUR GAME HAS CONCLUDED HERE ON ESPN, WE WILL CONTINUE WITH OUR LIVE POST GAME COVERAGE, INCLUDING THE MVP AND CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHY PRESENTATION. KERR ON THE BACK SIDE. HITS THE SIDE NET. WHAT DO YOU THINK, ALY? HOW ABOUT AN MVP VOTE FROM YOU. I WANT TO PUT YOU ON THE SPOT HERE. IT HAS BEEN A BALANCED TEAM BY NORTH CAROLINA. >>Aly: NO HESITATION. DEBINHA. >>Jenn: THAT’S NOT MY GUESS. WHY?>>Aly: SHE RUNS THE FIELD. SHE RUNS THE SHOW. LOOK AT THE WORK ETHIC. WHETHER IT IS WITH THE DEFENSIVE EFFORT SHE IS PUTTING IN W. THE GROUND SHE COVERS, THE ENGINE SHE HAS. AND HER ABILITY ON THE BALL. SHE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL. SHE SINGLE HANDEDLY PULLS PLAYERS OUT OF POSITION, JUST HER PRESENCE ALONE. >>Jenn: OH, AND BY THE WAY, DEBINHA IT WAS GAME WINNER IN THREE STRAIGHT PLAYOFF MATCHES. LOOK AT THAT. TO THE CAPTAIN. MY FRIEND JENN COOPER HANDED ME THAT STAT. HAS BEEN TREMENDOUS FOR US ALL SEASON LONG. MOST OF THE TIME I SOUND SMART, IT IS BECAUSE OF THINGS THAT JEN HAS GIVEN TO ME. NAGASATO. SHORT TAKEN DOWN AND FOULED BY ZERBONI WHO IS ALREADY ON A YELLOW CARD IN THE LIMITED MINUTES SHE HAS PLAYED IN THIS MATCH. NAGASATO IS READY TO PLAY IT SHORT. WIDE OPEN IN THE BOX. SHE WILL TAKE HER SHOT. IT HIT THE CROSSBAR.>>Aly: AND WHY NOT? GOOD AWARENESS BY NAGASATO. AND GOOD TOUCH BY CASEY SHORT TO GET HERSELF FROM THERE. >>Jenn: NOW TAKE A MOMENT WITH US, BECAUSE THE FANS WILL GET ON THEIR FEET AND SAY ONE FINAL GOOD-BYE. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>Aly: ALMOST A SAD MOMENT. AS HAPPY AS IT IS, I MEAN, WHAT THIS WOMAN HAS ACCOMPLISHED IN WOMAN’S FOOTBALL, THE CHAMPIONSHIPS SHE HAS WON, THE TEAMS SHE HAS BEEN ON. SO MANY PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE THAT I WAS A TEAMMATE OF HERS. HER BESS QUALITY WAS HER PERSONALITY AS A TEAMMATE. BEST TEAMMATE YOU COULD ASK FOR. WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR THE TEAM. WOULD LOOK AT THE PERSON NEXT TO HER, LIFT THEM UP. THOSE ARE THE QUALITIES AS A PLAYER THAT YOU REMEMBER FOREVER. YOU DON’T REMEMBER THEIR GOALS. YOU REMEMBER THE IMPACT THEY HAVE ON YOUR LIVES. O’REILLY IS ONE OF THOSE PLAYERS THAT HAS INDELIBLE MOMENTS IN MANY, MANY OF HER TEAMMATES’ MINDS. >>Jenn: VERY WELL SAID. AND THREE OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS. PART OF THAT 2015 WORLD CUP TEAM FOR THE U.S. NOW A WELL DESERVED BREAK. NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS HAVING THEMSELVES A GREAT SEASON. ONE MORE MINUTE. THAT’S WHAT’S BEEN ADDED ON FOR STOPPAGE TIME TO THIS NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH. AND NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM CHICAGO AND THE SEASON THEY HAVE HAD, BUT FROM BEGINNING TO END, THIS ONE BELONGED TO THE COURAGE. THE CROWD COUNTING DOWN. DARE WE SAY DYNASTY? NORTH CAROLINA CHAMPIONS AGAIN. FOR THE FIRST TIME, THE HOST TEAM WINS IN THE FINAL MATCH OF THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCCER LEAGUE. >>Aly: AN UTTER DOMINATION, START TO FINISH. WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE WAY THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM DECONSTRUCTED CHICAGO, CHICAGO DIDN’T EVEN LOOK LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO THREATEN. THEY DIDN’T EVEN HAVE A GLIMPSE.>>Jenn: PART OF THE ATTACK TODAY CAME THROUGH JESS McDONALD WHO JOINS MARISSA. >>Marissa: JESS, BACK TO BACK NWSL CHAMPIONS, HOW WAS THIS TEAM ABLE TO REPEAT?>>I THINK IT COMES FROM THE CORE OF THIS TEAM AND SORT OF WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT. I MEAN WE GAVE IT ALL THAT WE HAD. WE KNEW IT WAS ALL OF NOTHING AT THIS POINT. ESPECIALLY IN FRONT OF OUR HOME CROWD. ALL WE WANTED TO DO WAS WORK ON WHAT WE ARE GOOD AT. THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT WE DID TODAY. WE TOOK COMPLETE CONTROL. THREE IN ONE HALF. AND WE SEALEDER IT WITH ANOTHER GOAL.>>Marissa: HOW DOES THE MESSAGE OF THE SEASON RESONATE WITH THIS ENDING?>>WE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO TRAIN TRACKS OBVIOUSLY LEADING US INTO SOMETHING GREAT. EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED THIS EVENING. >>Marissa: THIS IS THE THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOUR YEARS. HOW HAVE YOU CREATED SUCH A WINNING CULTURE?>>I MEAN, WE ARE THE COURAGE. AND I MEAN, WE — WE GIVE A LOT DAY IN AND DAY OUT. I THINK IT IS A CAMARADERIE ON AND OFF THE FIELD THAT HELPS THIS TEAM SHAPE INTO THE TEAM WE ARE AND OBVIOUSLY THE GRIT THAT WE GIVE EVERY SINGLE DAY. AND OBVIOUSLY COMES FROM OUR COACHING STAFF, IT STARTS WITH THEM AND THEN WE APPLY IT INTO TRAIN ASKING INTO GAMES. >>Marissa: CONGRATULATIONS, GRAB THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SHIRT. LET’S HEAD OVER TO ANGELA AND CRYSTAL DUNN.>>CRYSTAL, CONGRATULATIONS ON THIS WIN. WE TALKED PREGAME ABOUT YOUR IMPACT. HOW DID YOU FEEL TONIGHT. >>TO BE FAIR IT WASN’T MY BEST GAME BUT WHEN YOU ARE ON A REALLY REALLY SOLID TEAM IT IS OKAY IF YOU HAVE AN OFF DAY. I THINK EVERYONE CONTRIBUTED. IT WAS A HOTTER DAY THAN WE EXPECTED. WE NEEDED TO SHARE THE LOAD. WE FOUR DIFFERENT GOAL SCORERS. I ALWAYS SAID, THIS TEAM SO HARD TO BEAT BECAUSE WHO ARE YOU GOING TO STOP ON OUR TEAM? I THINK CHICAGO OBVIOUSLY HAS A GREAT TEAM, THEY GAVE US A RUN FOR OUR MONEY.>>DO YOU THINK THAT YOU HAD THIS EXPECTATION OF GETTING 4-0 IN A CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH?>>NOT AT ALL. I MEAN IT IS A FINAL. WE ARE PLAYING AGAINST A TOP TEAM THIS YEAR. YOU KNOW, WE OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T THINK THE SCORE WOULD BE 4-0. WE ARE REALLY PROUD OF OUR EFFORT AND SHARING THE LOAD. AND WE ARE EXCITED ABOUT THIS SEASON. >>THANK YOU.>>GREAT WORK DOWN ON THE FIELD BY THE COURAGE AND BY ANGELA AND MARISSA. WHAT CAN WE SAY? THEY HAVE BEEN DOMINANTED. THEY HAVE DONE IT TOGETHER. THEY HAVE BEEN EXTREMELY IMPRESSIVE. AND JESS McDONALD SAID WHAT AT HALFTIME? IT IS IN OUR BACK POCKET. THEY KNEW. THEY KNEW. THEY WALKED THE WALK. TRYING TO DEFEND THAT TILING GAME BY GAME ALL SEASON LONG. NOW THEY GET TO CELEBRATE ONCE AGAIN AS NWSL CHAMPIONS. WE WERE NOWHERE NEAR DONZEL BRATDING HERE IN CAREY, NORTH CAROLINA. WE WILL BE BACK WITH MORE IN JUST A MOMENT AS THE COURAGE BEAT THE RED>>>NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP IS PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER, THE OFFICIAL SUPPORTER OF THE NWSL. WHAT A PERFORMANCE BY THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE TO DEFEND THEIR 2018 TITLE. THEY DID IT WITH STYLE HERE TODAY. AS WE HAVE SAID A COUPLE OF TIMES, THEY WERE DOMINANT, AND PERHAPS ARE BUILDING A DYNASTY ALY. >>Aly: YOU KEEP USING DYNASTY. >>Jenn: I DO. >>Aly: YOU LIKE THAT, DON’T YOU?>>Jenn: YES. >>Aly: WHEN YOU LISTEN TO THE TEAM YOU HEAR THE PLAYERS TALK, THERE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE CORE OF THE GROUP. YOU HAVE TO CREDIT THE COACHING STAFF BECAUSE IT STARTS FROM THE TOP DOWN AND WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO CREATE. THE TEAM IS LIKE A WELL OILED MACHINE. THE WAY THEY DECONSTRUCT THEIR OPPONENT. THEY HAVE FIRE POWER. IT WAS APPARENT TODAY AGAINST THE CHICAGO SIDE. >>Jenn: IT WAS. STARTING IN THE FOURTH MINUTE IS WHEN WE HAD OUR FIRST GOAL BY DEBINHA. >>Aly: SHE STARTED THIS PLAY. LYNN WILLIAMS IS DRIVING AT THE BACK LINE. McDONALD THE OTHER FRONT-RUNNER HOLDS THE WIDTH. AND DEBINHA SNOEKS IN AT THE BACK POST AND GETS HER OWN REBOUND. THIS GOAL WAS LYNN WILLIAMS. GETS THE RESERVICE ACROSS. GETS IT TO McDONALD. TWO PLAYERS ON HER BUT NO ONE TIGHT ENOUGH TO BUMP McDONALD OFF OF THAT PATH. THAT’S A QUALITY FINISH BECAUSE IT IS A DIFFICULT ANGLE. BUT IT IS DEBINHA AGAIN SURGING FORWARD CAUSING PROBLEMS FOR CHICAGO. IN THE CHALLENGE BETWEEN THE CENTER BACK AND THE OUTSIDE BACK, AND THEN DUNN BATTLES HER WAY — SHE SAID SHE ISN’T HAVE THEY ARE BEST DAY BUT WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE YOUR BEST DAY YOU HAVE FIGHT. AND MEWIS IN THE SECOND HALF AS SHE GOT IN ANOTHER RESERVICE. >>Jenn: WHEN WE COME BACK WE WILL HAVE COMPLETE COVERAGE OF THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP MVP PRESENTATION ALONG WITH THE TROPHY TO THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE. YOU ARE WATCHING THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY BUDWEISER, THE OFFICIAL SUPPORTER OF THE NWSL.>>>WE WELCOME YOU BACK TO CAREY NORTH CAROLINA, THE CHICAGO RED STARS, THE RUNNERS UP IN THIS NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH HAVE TO GO THROUGH WHAT I AM SURE IS THE EXCRUCIATING PROCESS TO GET THOSE RUNNER UP MEDALS. NOT WHAT THEY CAME HERE HOPING TO WALK AWAY WITH.>>NOPE. YOU THINK ABOUT THE PROUD MOMENT THEY HAD FINALLY GETTING OVER THE SEMIFINAL HURDLE. AS MUCH AS YOU ARE GOING THE RELISH GETTING TO THIS FINAL YOU HATE THIS MOMENT. YOU HATE IT. AND YOU LOOK AND YOU TURN AND YOU TAKE IT ALL IN BECAUSE YOU NEVER WANT TO FEEL THIS AGAIN.>>Jenn: REMEMBER A COUPLE YEARS AGO IT WAS THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE WHO FELT THAT STING OF LOSING IN THE FINALS TO THE PORTLAND THORNS. WHAT DID THEY DO? CAME BACK AND WON A CHAMPIONSHIP. THE CROWD APPLAUDING FOR A VERY DISTRAUGHT SAM KERR. NOT THE WAY SHE WANTED TO FINISH HER SEASON. AND IT WAS A RECORD-SETTING SEASON FOR THE CHICAGO RED STARS. CLUB RECORDS FOR WINS, POINTS, GOALS. THEY FINISHED IN SECOND PLACE IN THE REGULAR SEASON. EARNED THAT RIGHT TO HOST THE SEMIFINAL. GOT THEIR FIRST-EVER SEMIFINAL VICK TREAT. MADE IT TO THEIR FIRST-EVER FINAL. BUT THE EXPERIENCE AMONGST MANY OF THE OTHER ASSETS THAT THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM USED TO THEIR CHANG IN THIS FINAL TODAY.>>Aly: THAT’S RIGHT. I THINK CHICAGO HAS TO BE PROUD OF WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED. I MEAN, IT WAS A FANTASTIC SEASON. I MEAN YOU HEAR THE CROWD RIGHT NOW CELEBRATING. BUT THEY WERE JUST MISMATCHED TOGETHER. THIS NORTH CAROLINA TEAM CAME OUT FIRING. AND IT LOOKED LIKE CHICAGO WAS GOING TO HAVE A — DAY FROM THAT FOURTH MINUTE ON. >>Jenn: THAT WAS WHEN DEBINHA STRUCK THAT FIRST GOAL. FIRST OF FOUR IN A THE COURAGE WOULD SCORE ON THE AVERAGE. DAMES, THE LONGEST TENURED HEAD COACH IN THE NWSL. WITH A PROUD AND TOUGH MOMENT FOR HIM, NO DOUBT. CROWD NOISE ELEVATING A BIT AS THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE ARE ANNOUNCED TO COME UP AND GET THEIR MEDALS.>>Announcer: NUMBER 8, O’SULLIVAN. NUMBER 9, LYNN WILLIAMS. NUMBER 10, DEBINHA. NUMBER 11. NUMBER 12, LEAH PRUITT. NUMBER 13, ABBY DAHLKEMPER. NUMBER 14, JESS McDONALD.>>Jenn: TEAR IT DOWN, SISTER.>>Announcer: NUMBER 15.>>Jenn: SO GOOD WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT WHAT A YEAR IT HAS BEEN FOR WOMEN’S SOCCER. FOR PLAYERS LIKE JESS McDONALD, ONE OF FOUR U.S. NATIONAL TEAM PLAYERS ON THIS NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE TEAM. AND THINK ABOUT THIS, ALL FOUR OF THEM, ALY, HAD EITHER A GOAL OR AN ASSIST TODAY.>>Announcer: NUMBER 19, CRYSTAL DUNN. NUMBER 20, WILLIAMS. NUMBER 21, CARI RICARO. NUMBER 23, KRISTEN HAMILTON. NUMBER 25, MEREDITH SPECK. >>Jenn: I JUST KEEPING BACK TO THE FINAL WHEN DEBINHA GOT INJURED IN THE SEMI AND COULDN’T PLAY. WHAT A TURN THAT WAS FOR NORTH CAROLINA. AND THEY COULDN’T PUT IT TOGETHER THAT YEAR. AND YOU THINK OF THE IMPACT THAT SHE HAD LAST YEAR, THIS YEAR. YEP, 2017, DEBINHA INJURED IN THE TENTH MINUTE OF THE SEMIFINAL AGAINST CHICAGO. AND THEY WERE THE SAME SHE WASN’T THE SAME, EVEN THEN, AS TO WHAT SHE IS NOW. AND THE WAY THIS GROUP TRAINS. I MEAN, IT IS SHORT INTENSE TRAINING. WE SAW IT YESTERDAY, AND HOW SHARP THEY WERE, AND THE PATTERNS THEY RUN. AND YOU SEE IT IN HOW THEY PLAY. IT IS ALL BURSTS. IT IS ALL BURSTS OF ENERGY. IT IS LIMITED EXTENDED RUNS. AND THEY ARE THRIVING.>>Announcer: AND THE HEAD COACH OF THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE, PAUL RILEY.>>Jenn: AND NOW LET’S JOIN PUBLIC ADDRESS ANNOUNCER MARK CALL OWEWAY FOR OUR POST GAME CEREMONY. >>LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PLEASE WELCOME TO THE STAGE ESPN’S MARISSA PILLA.>>Marissa: HI, EVERYONE. WE ARE JOINED WITH THE NWSL PRESIDENT AMANDA DUFFY AS SHE GETS SET TO PRESENT THE MVP AWARD. >>SHE HAS BEEN A LEADER ALL SEASON. SHE SCORED THE FIRST GOAL TODAY. WE’RE PLEASED TO PRESENT THE 2019 NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP MOST VALUABLE PLAYER TO DEBINHA!>>IT IS HEAVY.>>DEBINHA A CAREER SEASON FOR YOU AND NOW MVP OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP. HOW DO YOU PUT THIS MOMENT INTO WORDS?>>WELL, IT’S DIFFICULT TO SAY IN THIS MOMENT. I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO MY TEAMMATES, THANK YOU, PAUL, FOR DELIVERING US. IT IS A MOMENT — A SPECIAL MOMENT. THANK YOU SO MUCH. >>CONGRATULATIONS DEBINHA. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>OFFICERS I WANT TO THANK THE TOWN OF CAREY, THE CITY OF RALEIGH AND EVERYONE HERE IN NORTH CAROLINA WITH THE ORGANIZATION THAT HAVE HELPED US HOST THIS CHAMPIONSHIP RIGHT HERE AT THE SOCCER PARK. THANK YOU.>>TO OUR PARTNERS, U.S. SO, CANADA SOCCER, NIKE, BUDWEISER, LIFETIME, CUTTER, THORN, WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CONTINUED PROGRESS IN OUR LEAGUE. THANK YOU TO THE PLAYERS, THANK YOU TO OUR OWNERS, AND THANK YOU TO YOU, THE FANS, WHO CONTINUE TO DRIVE US FORWARD AND SUPPORT THESE AMAZING ATHLETES. I AM PLEASED TO HAND THIS TROPHY TO NORTH CAROLINA’S CAPTAIN, ABBY ERCEG.>>THERE ARE YOUR 2019 NWSL CHAMPIONS, THE NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE, GETTING THE 4-0 WIN OVER THE CHICAGO RED STARS TODAY. WE THANK YOU FOR JOINING US, FOR ALY WAGNER, MARISSA PILLA I’M JENN HILDRETH YOU HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE NWSL CHAMPIONSHIP SUPPORTED BY

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  1. chicago looked very flat , a bit like the turtle and the hare. coming second is no mean feat , congrats to carolina .

  2. So happy for O'Reilly. She is still in amazing shape, and could probably play for a few more years. But I think she has a great future in other areas of the sport.

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