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This Week in Women’s Football: July 1, 2021

This Week in Women’s Football: NWSL, USWNT vs. Mexico doubleheader, transfers, and more

July 1, 2021 By Juan Aguerrevere
The world of women’s football began to pick up the face with numerous transfers and more games for fans to watch. Here is what is trending in women’s football.

Where to watch NWSL games from Friday, July 2, through Sunday, July 4

National Women’s Soccer League action is back with five games across the USA this weekend.

Friday, July 2

  • Gotham FC vs. Kansas City at 7 p.m. ET on Paramount+ (USA) & Twitch (international)
  • Washington Spirit vs. Chicago Red Stars at 7:30 p.m. ET on Twitch (international including the USA)
  • Houston Dash vs. OL Reign at 8:30 p.m. ET on Paramount+ (USA) & Twitch (international)

Saturday, July 3

  • Racing Louisville vs. Portland Thorns at 7:30 p.m. ET on Paramount+ (USA) & Twitch (international)

Sunday, July 4

  • Orlando Pride vs. NC Courage at 6 p.m. ET on Paramount+ (USA) & Twitch (international)

USWNT vs. Mexico doubleheader

The U.S. women’s national team will host Mexico on Thursday, July 1, and Monday, July 5. The two games will serve as preparation for the USA before the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Thursday, July 1

  • USWNT vs. Mexico at 7 p.m. ET on FS1 (USA) & TUDN (USA, Mexico)

Monday, July 5

  • USWNT vs. Mexico at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN (USA) 

Top women’s football transfers

  • Fifteen-year-old midfielder Olivia Moultrie signed a three-year contract with the Portland Thorns following a long legal battle with the NWSL over her age.
  • Manchester City’s Aoife Mannion, Geum-min Lee and Tyler Toland departed from the club following contract expirations.
  • Everton signed French midfielder Kenza Dali on a two-year deal from West Ham. 
  • Manager Oscar Ferno will take charge of Atletico Madrid Femenino. The 34-year-old has experience managing Primera Iberdrola and second division sides Madrid CCF and AD Union Adarve, respectively.
  • Swedish forward Sofia Jakobsson joined Bayern Munich from Real Madrid.
  • Bayern Munich announced the departure of Swedish defender Amanda Ilestedt.
  • Swedish forward Kosovare Asllani extended her contract with Real Madrid until 2022.
  • Aston Villa announced the signing of Swiss attacking midfielder Alisha Lehmann.
  • Chelsea signed academy graduates Charlotte Wardlaw and Emily Orman to their first professional contract.
  • Brazilian midfielder Thaisa announced her departure from Real Madrid. The 32-year-old looks to be on her way to join Roma.
  • German international Turid Knaak arrived at VfL Wolfsburg on a free transfer from Real Madrid.
  • Real Madrid extended German defender Babett Peter, French midfielder Aurelie Kaci and Spanish midfielder Malena Ortiz Cruz’s contracts until 2022.
  • Striker Natasha Dowie joins Reading from Milan after a 14-goal season.
  • West Ham United signed Glasgow City midfielder Zanera Wyne.
  • Swedish manager Jonas Eidevall joined Arsenal from Rosengard.
  • Manager Lluis Cortes stepped down as Barcelona manager.
  • Barcelona renewed Melanie Serrano (2022), Andrea Falcon (2023) and Ana Crnogorcevic’s (2022) contracts. 
  • The Orlando Pride signed Manchester United defender Amy Turner to a two-year contract.
  • Midfielder Kheira Hamraoui departed from Barcelona and looks to be on her way to either Real Madrid or PSG.

DAZN acquires UWCL broadcast rights through 2025

Coverage of the Women’s Champions League will be available globally through a single broadcaster for the first time in history.

DAZN and YouTube will partner to cover the UEFA Women’s Champions League through 2025.

DAZN became the new worldwide home of the UWCL after agreeing to a four-year deal with UEFA. As a result, DAZN will make 61 matches of each season available on its global sports streaming platform and free on YouTube.

Women’s football fans around the globe will not have to be asking themselves or Twitter where to watch games days before the fixture. The fans will be able to seamlessly watch defending champion FC Barcelona, as well as Olympique Lyonnais, PSG, Chelsea, FC Bayern Munich, and players like Spain’s Jenni Hermoso, France’s Wendie Renard, Denmark’s Pernille Harder and Norway’s Ada Hegerberg, compete in Europe’s most prestigious women’s club competition.

Angel City FC unveil club crest

Angel City FC unveiled its new crest. The future NWSL expansion team explains what the crest means to the team and the City of Angels.


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