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Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gotham live stream: Watch the NWSL Challenge Cup

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Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gotham start time and channels

The NWSL Challenge Cup final featuring Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gothams is now underway. You can watch the match on CBS; it also streams on Paramount Plus. Viewers outside the U.S. can stream the match on Twitch.

Someone will lift a trophy this afternoon as the NWSL Challenge Cup crowns a champion. The Challenge Cup is the season-opening tournament for the top women's soccer league in the U.S., pitting the Portland Thorns against NJ/NY Gotham.

The Thorns are the best in west, having made it through the group stage of the tournament without losing a match. If you follow the U.S. Womens' national team, there are some familiar faces on the Thorns, including Becky Sauerbrunn, Lindsay Horan and Crystal Dunn. The Thorns have twice won the NWSL title, but are looking for their first Challenge Cup.

Just getting to the Challenge Cup final is a big step for NJ/NY Gotham, which changed its name in the off-season from Sky Blue FC to emphasize the club's proxmity to New York. Gotham has had a few rough years, but have started to turn things around, moving to a better stadium and featuring the talents of Carli Lloyd, Allie Long and McCall Zerboni.

The Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gotham Challenge Cup final figures to be a hard-fought match, as both teams look to start the upcoming NWSL season on a winning note. Here's how you can watch the final.

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Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gotham live streams in the U.S. and Canada

CBS is carrying the Challenge Cup Final live on Saturday. You can stream the Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gotham final by heading to the CBS Sports website, though you'll need to sign in with your cable TV credentials.

There's another option, if you've given up cable TV. It will require you to sign up for a subscription streaming service — in this case Paramount Plus. The good news is that streaming service will also be the primary venue for streaming NWSL regular season matches, when those begin this month.

Paramount Plus is pretty affordable at $6.95 a month, though its library is limited to CBS and Viacom shows. If you want a broader selection of content to go with your NWSL soccer, turn to Fubo.TV, which includes CBS among its 100-plus channels. That service costs $65 a month, though.

Paramount Plus: This newly launched streaming service combines what used to be CBS All Access with even more content from the deep ViacomCBS vault. For $5.99 per month, get access to live sports coverage, older shows and originals.View Deal

Fubo.TV: You get more than 100 channels with Fubo, and a seven-day free trial lets you try out the service. You can record matches to watch later with Fubo's Cloud DVR feature.View Deal

Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gotham live streams in the the rest of the world

Other parts of the world can turn to Twitch to stream Portland Thorns vs. NJ/NY Gotham in the Challenge Cup Final. Streaming is free on Twitch, and the NWSL has a channel there, where it will likely stream matches during the upcoming regular season.

Philip Michaels
Philip Michaels is a senior editor at Tom's Guide. He has strong opinions about Apple, the Oakland Athletics and old movies. Follow him at @PhilipMichaels.