Challenge Cup On The Road

In episode #322 of the Mixxed Zone, Jen “The Keeper” Cooper talks Challenge Cup action with two woso reporters who have attended recent games and previews the action of the final round of Eastern group games.

The episode starts with a chat with New York-based Pardeep Cattry, a frequent contributor to OnceAMetro and Equalizer Soccer. Jen and Pardeep review the not-entirely-surprising Challenge Cup success of NJ/NY Gotham FC, the club’s rebrand and the Challenge Cup scenarios for which team can claim the Eastern group’s berth in the final on May 8.

Then Jen talks with reporter Grant Wiedenfeld about his recent Challenge Cup road trip to Bridgeview, Illinois (for Chicago vs. Kansas City) and to Kansas City, Kansas (for KC vs. Houston) for the first NWSL game in that city in more than three and a half years.

This week’s “Jensplaining” segment reviews the scenarios for the final Challenge Cup Eastern group games, and the relevant tiebreakers.

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Founded by Jen Cooper, Keeper Notes has been spreading the love for the beautiful game since 2002 in Houston and beyond. The Mixxed Zone women’s soccer podcast has been covering women’s soccer (primarily NWSL, USWNT and Concacaf) since 2014. Check out more of the Keeper’s great content as well as the valuable “WoSopedia” page at You can also follow Keeper Notes on Twitter.

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