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Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash: Preview, How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups, Match Thread, and More



Welcome to your match thread for the Orlando Pride’s first home match of the season. Although it is a home game, it will not be at Exploria Stadium. Instead, the match will be played at Osceola County Stadium. The Pride (0-1-1, 1 point) take on the Houston Dash (2-1-0, 6 points) today at 5 p.m. — just two weeks after they last met.


The Pride are just 5-7-1 in the all-time series. Three of Orlando’s five wins came in 2016. The Pride were undefeated at home against Houston that year and split the series in Houston for a record of 3-1-0.

Houston won the last match 3-1, back on Sept. 26. Nichelle Prince got the game’s first goal in the 27th minute. Sophie Schmidt sent a excellent ball from inside Houston’s defensive third of the field over the top of the Pride’s back line. Prince did the rest and the Dash went up 1-0. Marisa Viggiano tied the game just before halftime, but the Dash scored twice in the second half, with Schmidt converting a penalty kick and Shea Groom adding an insurance goal.

The Pride went winless in three matches against Houston last season (0-2-1). Each match against the Dash was decided by no more than a goal. The first meeting of 2019 occurred on May 5. With the U.S. internationals away, Orlando failed to send a single shot on target, and Kealia Ohai’s seventh-minute goal won the game for the home side, 1-0. The clubs drew in the second meeting that ended 2-2 back on June 15, 2019. Joanna Boyles got her first professional goal off a free kick on the edge of the 18, and the Pride went up 1-0 early. Orlando took that lead into halftime, but the Dash stormed back and scored two unanswered goals. Minutes later, Danica Evans scored the game-tying goal, and it finished 2-2.

On Aug. 10, 2019, Marta and Julie King were both issued red cards. It was King’s first appearance for the Pride, but she only lasted an hour after fouling Kristie Mewis and earning a straight red. Kristen Edmonds tripped Ohai in the box in the 85th minute. This led to a scuffle, and Marta was issued a straight red. Sofia Huerta converted the spot kick, and then Houston played defensively for the last five minutes and stoppage time to win the match, 1-0.

Orlando won the first game in 2018 1-0 at home off of Chioma Ubogagu’s 65th-minute goal. Since that match, Houston has dominated the series. In the six games since that Ugogagu game winner, the Dash have not lost to Orlando (0-5-1). Houston has also outscored the Pride 12-5 in that time. The Pride lost 2-1 at home on June 27, 2018. Alex Morgan missed a penalty but later put Orlando ahead 1-0. Unfortunately, the Dash rallied on late goals by Ohai and Huerta. The Dash won the third meeting 3-1 in Houston July 11, 2018. Rachel Daly put Houston up 2-0 with a brace before Sydney Leroux pulled one back. Thembi Kgatlana scored late in stoppage time for the final margin.

Both teams won the away fixture in 2017. The Pride struck first, winning 4-2 in Houston on June 17, 2017. Marta scored twice, with Camila and Alanna Kennedy adding strikes to put the Pride up 4-0. Houston pulled two goals back late through Poliana and Prince. A week later, the Dash got their revenge in Orlando, winning 2-0 on goals by Carli Lloyd and Daly.

The Pride won each of the first three matches against the Dash in 2016 — the only year Orlando had a winning record against Houston. Morgan and Lianne Sanderson both scored in the first-ever meeting, plus Andressa scored an own goal. This led to a 3-1 Pride win as Orlando broke the NWSL attendance record at the time, with 23,403 fans in attendance. It was the Pride’s first ever home match.

Orlando followed that win up with back-to-back 1-0 wins. Edmonds got the game-winner on May 20, 2016, and Jasmyne Spencer netted the lone goal on June 23, 2016. The Dash stormed back in the last meeting of the season though and beat Orlando, 4-2. The game seemed over heading into the final 10 minutes of the match with the Pride down, 3-0. However, Edmonds set up Morgan for a goal and then scored herself to bring the Pride within one goal. Orlando could not find a third, though, and Ohai got her brace in the 94th minute.


Orlando has yet to win a match in the NWSL Fall Series. First, the Pride played to a scoreless draw at North Carolina and they followed that up with the loss in Houston. Houston has won back-to-back games and are one of the best teams in the league right now. Head Coach Marc Skinner praised the Dash’s play in his midweek press conference.

“Houston is very good at the minute and is paying off from having a consistent group together,” Skinner said. “They’re playing well and, watching the game the other night, they deserved to beat North Carolina. They’re definitely taking advantage of this moment and they look like they’re in a cohesive unit.”

Skinner has two games left to evaluate a number of players heading into the NWSL Expansion Draft and the buildup to the 2021 season.

“I think there’s lots for us to be better at,” he said. “We’ve got to move the ball better, we’ve got to be better on the ball, we’ve got to want the ball a lot better than we did [last time]. You could see some of the disconnections from not playing together that our team had that Houston didn’t suffer from, so there are things that we’ve fixed. It will be difficult and we know our team has to pull together to make sure we do everything right in order to get the result we want.”

The Pride did not play last week. They had a week’s rest after playing against Houston. While the Pride lost 3-1, it was a makeshift starting XI. Orlando is already missing 12 players who are out on loan. On top of that, Sydney Leroux and Kristen Edmonds both opted not to travel to Houston. They did not feel comfortable after a Dash player tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, defenders Konya Plummer and Ally Haran, along with midfielder Savanah Uveges, made their NWSL debuts.

Houston followed its win against Orlando up with a 4-1 home win against North Carolina. Schmidt and Groom both scored again, but Kristie Mewis made the headlines. Mewis was directly involved in each Houston goal and finished with three assists and a goal.

Houston is all over the season stats charts. They have the most goals (10), assists (8), and yellow cards (7) in the NWSL. They also have the second-most shots (44) and most shots on goal (22). Groom has the most shots and shots on goal, while Mewis has the most assists.

Orlando has no one on its injury report, however Jordyn Listro will miss the match after picking up two yellow cards in the previous two matches. Meanwhile, Kayla McCoy (left knee) and Erin Simon (personal) will miss the match for the visitors.

Official Lineups

Orlando Pride (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Brittany Wilson.

Defenders: Carrie Lawrence, Ali Krieger, Konya Plummer, Courtney Petersen.

Midfielders: Marisa Viggiano, Deneisha Blackwood, Chelsee Washington.

Forwards: Kristen Edmonds, Marta, Sydney Leroux.

Bench: Ally Haran, Toni Pressley, Kate Howarth, Savanah Uveges, Abby Elinsky, Zandy Soree.

Houston Dash (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Jane Campbell.

Defenders: Allysha Chapman, Katie Naughton, Megan Oyster, Haley Hanson.

Midfielders: Kristie Mewis, Sophie Schmidt, Shea Groom.

Forwards: Brianna Visalli, Veronica Latsko, Nichelle Prince.

Bench: Lindsey Harris, Katie Stengel, Cami Privett, Jamia Fields, Maegan Kelly, Ally Prisock, Christine Nairn.


REF: Alex Billeter.

AR1: Ashlee Varnson.

AR2: Juan Pablo Casa.

4th: Tori Penso.

How to Watch

Match Time: 5 p.m. (ET).

Venue: Osceola County Stadium — Kissimmee, FL.

TV: CBS Sports Network.

Streaming: Twitch.

Twitter: For live updates, follow along at the Orlando Pride’s official Twitter feed (@ORLPride) and on The Mane Land’s Twitter (@TheManeLand).

Enjoy the match! Go Pride!

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Orlando Pride Sign Finnish Goalkeeper Sofia Manner

The Pride have added a fourth goalkeeper and the second one from abroad ahead of the 2024 NWSL season.



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The Orlando Pride announced today the signing of goalkeeper Sofia Manner, who was acquired for an undisclosed transfer fee from FC Honka of Finland’s top flight, the Kansallinen Liiga. Manner has signed a two-year contract through the 2025 season with a club option for 2026. The signing is a bit curious as it comes less than two months after the Pride extended English goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse through the 2025 season, giving Orlando two international goalkeepers and four total netminders under contract.

“I am immensely grateful for this opportunity to join Orlando Pride, a team I have admired since my youth,” Manner said in a club press release. “It has been a lifelong dream of mine to contribute to such a renowned organization in women’s soccer. The prospect of starting this journey fills me with great enthusiasm, and I am eagerly looking forward to bringing my passion and dedication to the team. I’m ready to put in hard work and help write a new chapter for the Orlando Pride.” 

Manner, who turned 26 on Nov. 9, conceded the fewest goals in the Kansallinen Liiga this season and is a nominee for the league’s Best Player and Goalkeeper of the Year awards. She appeared in 23 matches and earned 10 clean sheets across all competitions, was twice named the league’s Goalkeeper of the Month this season, and was Player of the Month in April.

“Sofia is a tremendous addition to our goalkeeping corps and one we expect to challenge for the starting position,” Orlando Pride Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter said. “She brings an underdog mentality and gritty work ethic and fits every aspect of the profile we have built for our goalkeepers. Her size, aerial ability, shot-stopping prowess, and distribution are world class. She brings international experience and has led the Kansallinen Liiga in nearly every goalkeeping metric. Her nominations for Goalkeeper of the Year and Best Player are indicative of her winning mentality and drive to be the best. We are excited to bring her to Orlando and to give her an opportunity to prove herself in our environment and in the NWSL.” 

The shot stopper has experience playing in the United States, having played collegiately with Stony Brook University. She compiled a 1.14 career goals-against average across three seasons, which is fourth-best in Seawolves’ history. Her 20 shutouts ranks third in program history, and she compiled a .796 save percentage, which is ninth best all time.

While at Stony Brook, Manner was named America East Freshman of the Year in 2017, was a first-team all-conference selection in 2019, and was the conference’s Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018 and 2019. She started in every match in her final two seasons at Stony Brook, backstopping the Seawolves to an America East conference championship in 2019 and a regular-season title in 2018.

What It Means for Orlando

The Pride currently have four goalkeepers under contract: 2023 starter Anna Moorhouse (through 2025), backup Carly Nelson (through 2024), third keeper Kaylie Collins (through 2024), and now Manner (through 2025). Collins is on loan with Western Sydney Wanderers FC of the A-League Women in Australia. Four goalkeepers will provide spirited competition in preseason camp, to be sure, but it’s likely that one of these players will be on the move at some point.

If Manner wins the starting goalkeeper spot from Moorhouse, it may be for reasons other than stopping shots. Moorhouse did a good enough job of that, but often struggled with balls in from the wings, which was illustrated in the Pride’s penultimate game of the year — a must-win match at Racing Louisville — when a routine-looking corner kick cross appeared to be easily catchable, but Moorhouse went for a punch instead and knocked the winning goal for Louisville into her own net. That dropped point in the standings put Orlando in jeopardy on Decision Day and indeed the Pride beat Houston but missed the postseason on goal differential. It was a crucial point dropped.

That wasn’t Moorhouse’s only major error on the season, as she set an NWSL record with the earliest sending off in league history with her third-minute red card at OL Reign on Sept. 3 — a match the Pride lost 1-0 while playing one player short for 87 minutes plus stoppage. She has also frequently spilled crosses and shots from distance.

Orlando needed to upgrade the position. Whether Manner is an upgrade remains to be seen, but as Carter said, she is expected to compete for the starting spot. If nothing else, the competition should be good for the Pride. If Manner does take the starting position, it seems logical that the club will look to move either Moorhouse or Nelson.

The goalkeeper position will provide one of the Pride’s most intriging camp battles.

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2023 Orlando Pride Season in Review: Kylie Strom

The veteran defender was a consistent starter for the Pride in 2023.



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The Orlando Pride signed Kylie Strom from Atletico Madrid on July 5, 2021 to a two-year contract with an option for 2023. Previously, Strom spent time with the Boston Breakers, FFC Frankfurt II in Germany, and Sparta in the Czech Women’s League. The Pride exercised her option prior to the 2023 season. Strom played a much bigger role for the Pride in 2023. 

Let’s take a look at the defender’s 2023 season with the Orlando Pride.

Statistical Breakdown

Strom appeared in 22 regular-season matches, starting all 22, for a total of 1,967 minutes. She scored one goal on six shots, putting one on target. She provided one assist and made 17 key passes. Strom completed 590 of her 880 total passes (67%). She was accurate on 58.7% of her passes in the opponent’s half, and went 73.8% in her own half. She was 29 of 106 on her long passes (27.4%). She also completed seven of her 36 crosses. Defensively, she logged 34 interceptions and 10 blocks, won 43 of her 81 tackles (53.1%), won 181 of her 291 duels (62.2%), and won 39 of her 64 aerial duels (60.9%). She also committed 18 fouls, suffered 42 fouls, and was not booked.

The 31-year-old made four appearances in NWSL Challenge Cup play, starting four games and playing 314 total minutes. Strom did not score any goals but took two shots with one on target. She attempted three crosses (one successful), and registered no assists. Strom completed 93 of her 134 total passes (69.4%). She was accurate on 61.8% of her passes in the opponent’s half, and 75.8% in her own half.  Strom was 11 of 19 on her long passes (57.9%), and made two key passes. Defensively, she made three blocks and eight interceptions, and won eight of her 10 tackles (80%), 29 of her 46 duels (63%), and eight of her 10 aerial duels (80%). She also committed five fouls, suffered five fouls, and was not booked.

Best Game

Strom’s best match was the 2-1 win over the Washington Spirit on May 20. She scored her only goal of the season on a header at the back post in the 77th minute to give the Pride the win. It was the type of goal that you want from defenders and it came at just the right time.

Strom played the full 90 minutes and she was active in both the defensive and offensive aspects of the match. She nearly put Messiah Bright in on goal but it was knocked out for a corner. Her goal came on three shots with one on target. She also completed 15 of her 30 passes (50%) on 52 touches, committed no fouls, suffered three fouls, and was not booked.

2023 Final Grade

The Mane Land staff gave Strom a composite rating of 6 for the 2023 season. Strom received a grade of 4.5 in 2022 due to being a part of a defense that gave up 45 goals with a -23 goal differential. That is a big year-over-year improvement for the defender and part of that is the defense as a whole was better. Strom also did well individually though she had a bad habit of cheaply giving the ball away in her own half. She previously received an incomplete during what was a rough stretch run in 2021 after joining the club midseason.

2024 Outlook

Strom is out of contract and will be 32 years old prior to the 2024 season starting. She’s also a free agent. Despite that, it’s very possible she is back with the Pride next season unless additional defensive signings are made. It would mean a new contract, but given she started every regular season match in 2023 and finished second only to Emily Madril in minutes played, Seb Hines evidently has faith in her ability to contribute.

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2023 Orlando Pride Season in Review: Haley McCutcheon

The veteran fullback logged a lot of minutes for the Pride in 2023.



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Haley McCutcheon was still known as Haley Hanson when she joined the Orlando Pride on Aug. 18, 2022 in a midseason trade with the Houston Dash. The Pride gave up $75,000 in Allocation Money and a second-round draft selection. She joined Orlando for the stretch run, making her debut with the Pride on Aug. 20 in a 2-1 win over Gotham FC. Following the 2022 season, the Nebraska product signed a new contract through 2024 on Oct. 26 of last year.

Let’s look back at McCutcheon’s second year with the Pride.

Statistical Breakdown

The 27-year-old appeared in every one of the Pride’s 22 regular-season games, starting each of them, and was only subbed out twice all year. She logged 1,955 minutes this season, which was third most on the Pride behind only almost-an-iron-woman Emily Madril (1,977) and Kylie Strom (1,967). In other words, McCutcheon played 98.7% of all possible minutes for Orlando during the NWSL regular season. She scored one goal but did not assist on one, despite providing 15 key passes on the year. The defender attempted 17 shots, five of which were blocked and four were on target. She completed 504 of her 716 pass attempts (70.4%), but just 20.8% of her long passes, and nine of her 40 crosses were successful. In her own end, McCutcheon completed 77.6% of her passes but only 59.8% in the attacking half. Defensively, McCutcheon contributed 10 blocks and 18 interceptions while winning tackles at a 56.9% rate, duels at a 58.3% rate, and aerial duels at a 62.7% clip. Surprisingly, she did not tally a single clearance all season. McCutcheon conceded 18 fouls while winning only eight, and she was not booked.

In NWSL Challenge Cup play, McCutcheon appeared in four of the team’s six matches, starting two, and logging 233 minutes. She did not score or assist on a goal, attempting two shots and getting one on frame. Her passing rate in the competition was just 67.6%, and she was successful on 40% of her long passes while logging three key passes and going 1-for-4 on cross attempts. She completed 70.4% of her pass attempts in the defensive half and 62.7% in the attacking half. On defense, McCutcheon contributed two blocks and two interceptions while winning her tackles at a 75% rate, 77.3% of her duels, and 75% of her aerial duels. She conceded two fouls while winning one and was not booked.

Best Game

McCutcheon’s best match came back on April 29 in the Pride’s 3-1 win over the San Diego Wave at Snapdragon Stadium. She tied season highs in shots (2) and shots on target (1), passed at a 90.5% rate, and made three tackles. Those are all good things, but it gets better. In this match, McCutcheon scored her first goal with the Pride and her only goal of the season, and it proved to be the game-winning strike. And what a strike it was! With the ball on the other side of the field, McCutcheon made a smart run on the back side. Midfielder Viviana Villacorta spotted the run and delivered an excellent, long, diagonal ball into the area for her. But McCutcheon still had a lot to do. She put her head on it and powered it over the goalkeeper and inside the far post to give the Pride their first lead of the season.

The Pride added another goal and went on to grab their first win of the 2023 season. That sparked a 3-0-1 run in league play and got Orlando going in a season that came down to Decision Day.

2023 Final Grade

The Mane Land staff gave McCutcheon a composite rating of 6 out of 10 for her 2023 season, which is a slight improvement over her score of 5 last season. She was a good facilitator down the right side of the pitch and could fill in at times in the midfield with her versatility. Where she continued to struggle at times was with her 1-v-1 defending down the Pride’s right side and with her crossing accuracy at times.

2024 Outlook

As mentioned above, McCutcheon is on a deal through the 2024 season and since the Pride are safe from the NWSL Expansion Draft, the only way she wouldn’t be back is via trade or transfer. I expect her back in purple next year as she’s a versatile player who can fill in at multiple spots and she is obviously valued by the club, playing a lot of minutes and even wearing the captain’s armband five times during the 2023 NWSL campaign and twice in the Challenge Cup.

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