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Families will love NC Courage's 2017 schedule

Posted March 2

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The NC Courage, the National Women's Soccer League team that's moved to Cary, released its spring schedule this week - and there is a lot to like for families.

The season runs from April to September with a dozen home games - more than half start at 4 p.m. on a Saturday, which means you're not schlepping exhausted kids home after a night game. The remainder start at 7:30 p.m. They all happen at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary.

The team also offers flex packages that allow fans to use their tickets in any combination for NC Football Club and NC Courage regular season home games. The team's website lays out these scenarios: "For example, a six ticket plan can be used to bring six people to one game, three people to two games or two people to three games."

The flex plans start at $84 for six tickets. Group tickets and season tickets are on sale now. Individual tickets will go on sale in mid-March. The full schedule and ticket details are on the team's website.

The team will launch its inaugural season on the road on April 15 before playing for the home crowd on April 22 against the Portland Thorns, which includes U.S. Women's National Team standout Tobin Heath.

Triangle fans will get to see a lot of talent on the field this season. U.S. Women's National Team head coach Jill Ellis has added three NC Courage players – midfielder Samantha Mewis and forwards Jessica McDonald and Lynn Williams - to the national team's roster for the 2017 SheBelieves Cup.

The league also will observe international FIFA dates so players on all of the teams can return to their national teams to compete, a press release says.

“With the Courage playing our first game in history, it has extra spice and excitement," said NC Courage Head Coach Paul Riley in the press release. "There are so many quality teams in the league, and every game is a battle. Fans love the competitive element of the league, and I'm sure throughout the country they are buzzing with anticipation to get the 2017 season rolling."

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