The National Women’s Soccer League will hold its second annual Challenge Cup final Saturday, May 8, when the Portland Thorns host the Gotham FC.
The match starts at 1 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on CBS. But if you don’t have cable or can’t get to a TV, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of the Portland Thorns vs NJ/NY Gotham FC online for free:
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Amazon Prime subscribers (Prime comes with a 30-day free trial) can watch a live stream of CBS on the Prime Paramount+ Channel. You can try both Amazon Prime and the Paramount+ Channel at no cost with a free trial right here:
Amazon Prime Paramount+ Free Trial
Once you’re signed up for the Prime Paramount+ Channel, you can watch the Portland Thorns vs Gotham FC live on the Amazon Prime Video app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Nvidia Shield, Xiaomi, Echo Show, Echo Spot, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, various Smart TV’s, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.
You can also watch on your computer via the Amazon website.
You can watch a live stream of CBS and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which you can use for free with a seven-day trial right here:
FuboTV Free Trial
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Portland Thorns vs Gotham FC live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.
AT&T TV has four different channel packages: “Entertainment”, “Choice”, “Ultimate” and “Premier.” CBS is included in every one, but you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free 14-day trial.
Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but your “due today” amount will be $0 when signing up. If you watch on your computer, phone or tablet, you won’t be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can get still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:
AT&T TV Free Trial
Once signed up for AT&T TV, you can watch the Portland Thorns vs Gotham FC live on the AT&T TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the AT&T TV website.
If you can’t watch live, AT&T TV also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to unlimited hours).
This is ultimately the same as Amazon Prime option above, only you’ll watch on Paramount’s digital platforms instead of Amazon’s. You can watch a live stream of your local CBS channel via Paramount+, which comes with a free 30-day trial:
Paramount+ Free Trial
Once signed up for Paramount+, you can watch the Portland Thorns vs Gotham FC live on the Paramount+ app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Paramount+ website.
Portland Thorns vs Gotham FC Preview
Gotham FC is coming off a 0-0 draw against Racing Louisville on May 2. It was the second tie in a row for Gotham, who handled the Orlando Pride (1-0) and the North Carolina Courage (4-3) in the previous two games to make it to the final match.
“We needed this result or better, so we’re certainly happy that we came away with the tie and that allows us to go into the Championship,” assistant coach and acting Gotham head coach Becca Moros said. “A big thing is consistency and we’re trending in the right direction. Some results can be misleading, so the biggest thing for us is looking at this with clearer eyes, going through some film and seeing what we need to improve on to prepare for Portland,” Moros added.
On the other side, the Thorns are fresh from a draw themselves, with their May 2 match against the Houston Dash ending in a 1-1 stalemate. Midfielder Christine Sinclair scored the Thorns’ only goal in the 76th minute, tying the match. It was the team’s only tie of the tournament, after it handled the OL Reign in the previous stage, 2-0, the Red Stars (1-0) and Kansas City (2-1).
“We knew going in, obviously, we were hosting the final, but we know that performance-wise we need to keep making strides,” defender Becky Sauerbrunn said after the draw against Houston. “Against a Houston squad that has been playing very well for the last year or so, we knew it was going to be a challenge and a great chance to see things we can shore up in the future.”
The Thorns didn’t need a win against Houston, as they earned a spot in the final after having more points, but a convincing win would have been nice. “It was a fun soccer game,” Portland manager Mark Parsons said afterwards, via SB Nation. “Good quality. It showed the good quality of NWSL. Two really organized teams. I have a lot of respect for Houston and the great job that they’ve done. I think they’re going to be a very, very good team this year and also a very difficult team to play against.”
With the NWSL season officially kicking off May 15, this match will be the final action for both teams until then.