Challenge Cup & Concacaf

In episode #338 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper chats with Challenge Cup analyst Lisa Roman about the impending annual NWSL tourney. Jen also discusses last month’s Concacaf qualifiers with “Futbol Ace” Ana de Souza.

In the first segment, Jen and Lisa review the new format of the Challenge Cup and highlight a few of the teams who could surprise fans on the field. They also discuss the recent announcement of Jessica Berman as the new NWSL commissioner. For more coverage the Challenge Cup, be sure to check out the podcast co-hosted by Lisa Roman – Attacking Third.

The second segment features thoughts on the top Concacaf teams in February qualifying, namely Mexico, Costa Rica and Jamaica. Jen and Ana also talk about Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic’s squads.

This week’s “Jensplaining” segment explains how to watch the upcoming Challenge Cup based on your location, and how to follow the standings.

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