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The North Carolina Courage finished the regular season at the top of the NWSL table with 49 points and will host the fourth-place Reign FC on Sunday, Oct. 20 in the first round of the NWSL playoffs.

In the week leading up to the international break, NC Courage forward Kristen Hamilton was meant to be heading to England as an overage player with the U23s to take part in the 2019 Nordic Tournament. On Aug. 26, however, it was announced that the forward would instead be joining the senior team for its two friendlies against Portugal.

The conversations about who is the best at something among sports fans will never end and the conversation about who is the best club team in women’s soccer is no different. But what isn’t up for debate is that given the results in the last two Women’s International Champions Cups the North Carolina Courage needs to be in that conversation.

Crystal Dunn and Abby Dahlkemper both started for the USWNT in its World Cup semifinal clash with England. Dahlkemper, along with goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, are the only two players to start all six World Cup games so far for the US. Sam Mewis and Jessica McDonald both started the game on the bench.

Three NC Courage players started for the USWNT as they beat France by a score of 2-0 and advanced to the World Cup semifinals, where they will face an exciting English team. Following Canada and Brazil’s losses in the Round of 16, the U.S. is the only team remaining with NC Courage players on the roster.