Record 4 red cards given after brawl breaks out in NWSL Challenge Cup opener

Chris Cwik
·1 min read

The NWSL broke a record during its return Friday ... but not a good one. A record four red cards were handed out during the Portland-Kansas City contest after a brawl broke out during the game. 

The first two red cards were handed out before the brawl. Simone Charley of Portland received a red card for an aggressive tackle late in the contest. Charley had previously received a yellow card. Portland coach Mark Parsons argued the call, and was also handed a red card for his actions.

Things got worse from there as Kansas City's Kristen Edmonds and Portland's Morgan Weaver got into it while fighting for a ball in the corner. After the scrum broke up, Edmonds ran into Weaver and shoved her.

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Both Edmonds and Weaver were awarded red cards for their actions. Portland owner Merritt Paulson said the team would appeal Weaver's red card.

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As a result of the red cards, Portland will lose Charley, Parsons and Weaver — pending the appeal — for future matches. Edmonds will also miss a future match for Kansas City. 

The red cards spoiled what should have been an exciting night for Portland. After going 0-3-1 in the 2020 Challenge Cup, Portland picked up a 2-1 win over Kansas City on Friday.

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