Courage Edge Current In 2023 NWSL Season Opener
Written by Oluwaseun Oyediji
The North Carolina Courage began a new era as they open the 2023 NWSL regular season on Saturday, March 25, against the defending league runner-up Kansas City Current at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Courage begins their seventh season since relocating from Western New York with nine new faces from a season ago and a new look in several facets.
Midfielder Denise O’Sullivan has been named the second captain in the history of the Courage, one of the few remaining players from the roster that brought three NWSL Shields and a pair of NWSL Championships.
She led 17 returners, four first-round draft picks, three NWSL additions in Emily Fox (Louisville), Estelle Johnson (Gotham), and Tyler Lussi (Angel City), and international signings Mille Gejl (Denmark) and Narumi Miura (Japan), both of whom have extensive experience abroad for both clubs and country.
Danish forward Millie Gejl scored the match-winner in the 23rd minute to give North Carolina Courage a 1-0 win over Kansas City Current.
The win lifted the host to the top of the table ahead of other games on the opening weekend of the league.
There are three games on Sunday and two matches on Monday in the opening fixtures of the 2023 NWSL season.
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San Diego Wave welcomes Chicago Red Star in the early hours of Sunday.
On Sunday evening, OL Reign will be the guest of Washington Spirit while Portland Thorns host Orlando Pride.
On Monday, Houston Dash and Racing Louisville trade tackle in the early match followed by Angel City FC’s clash with Gotham FC.
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