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Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit: Final Score 2-1 as Pride Beaten by Late Winner



The Orlando Pride (5-5-6, 21 points) fell 2-1 to the Washington Spirit (6-5-4, 22 points) in Washington, D.C. this afternoon. Ashley Sanchez scored an 89th-minute winner from distance to sink the Pride. The loss is Becky Burleigh’s first in four games as the team’s interim head coach (1-1-2).

Orlando led on Marta’s second-half strike and seemed in good position to get a road win when the roof caved in, starting with a poor clearance by Kylie Strom that handed Pride-killer Ashley Hatch an easy equalizer. Then Sanchez’s late unstoppable shot prevented Orlando from even getting a point. Orlando fell to 0-1-2 in the season series after drawing 1-1 in the previous two league match-ups against Washington.

The Pride only made one change from the team’s 1-1 draw against the Portland Thorns last weekend as Meggie Dougherty Howard entered the lineup, replacing Phoebe McClernon. The move pushed Courtney Petersen back to her natural left back position. Strom also returned to the bench after missing last week with an excused absence.

The Spirit saw their Olympic medalists return for this game. However, Kelley O’Hara (United States), Emily Sonnett (United States), and Julia Roddar (Sweden) all started the game on the bench.

The first good chance of the game came in the seventh minute when a Spirit cross found the head of Hatch, who has a knack for scoring against the Pride. She got her header on goal but it was right at Ashlyn Harris, who made the easy save.

Dorian Bailey nearly gave the Spirit the lead in the 13th minute when she got behind Amy Turner. Aiming for the far post, the ball got behind the diving Harris, but skipped just wide of the target.

It appeared as though the Spirit would take the lead in the 22nd minute when Trinity Rodman came inches away from opening the scoring. After a long run got her in behind the Pride defense, the forward fired from a tough angle. Harris went down and made the save, but the rebound went right back to Rodman. Her second shot attempt beat Harris high but the ball slammed off the crossbar.

In the 27th minute, Rodman created another chance from the opposite side of the field. After muscling past Ali Riley, the forward was able to get a shot off. Harris seemed surprised that Rodman attempted the shot as it nearly beat her near post. However, the Pride were once again saved by the woodwork as the ball bounced off the post, keeping the game scoreless.

While the first half was dominated by the Spirit, the Pride grew into the match in the final 15 minutes of the opening 45 and had a couple of opportunities late. In the 41st minute, Petersen’s cross was deflected and nearly beat Aubrey Bledsoe, but landed on top of the net.

A minute later, Sydney Leroux got sent through on goal. Bledsoe was able to block the first shot, which went right back to Leroux. The former Pride goalkeeper got down to make the second save with her leg, sending it out of play.

Rodman was the most dangerous player in the first half and that continued into the second. In the 51st minute, the teenage forward made a nice run down the right and found enough space to take a shot on goal. Her shot was searching for the back post but rolled just wide.

In the 63rd minute, Rodman had another chance when she carried the ball into the box. As she got closer to the endline, her angle narrowed and she ended up sending the ball into the side netting. It was fortunate for the Pride because Rodman had two teammates in the box with her and passing up the shot might have resulted in the game’s first goal.

The Spirit had failed to convert on some excellent chances and the Pride made them pay. In the 68th minute, Marta received the ball from Jodie Taylor in what seemed like an innocuous space. However, it was Marta who received it and she took advantage of the situation. The midfielder shot toward the corner, knocking the ball off the post and in for the game’s opening goal.

“I remember she just got it in the middle of the field, was able to turn, face, and take an incredible shot from outside the 18,” Marisa Viggiano said about Marta’s goal after the game. “And I think she, this entire game, was really dangerous with the ball on her feet like always.”

The Pride were fortunate to have the lead but it didn’t last long. In the 70th minute, a Kelley O’Hara ball into the box was blocked by a sliding Strom — who had subbed on for Petersen — near the far post. Unfortunately, the clearance attempt was poor and the ball went directly to Hatch, who put it in for the quick equalizer.

“We just gave them an easy goal,” Gunny Jonsdottir said about the equalizer. “Simple as that. We knew that five minutes after a goal, it’s kind of weather the storm and we didn’t do that. I think we need to learn from that.”

The goal was Hatch’s seventh in nine games against the Pride as a member of the Spirit, and her third against the Pride this regular season. She scored one in each of the three meetings during the 2021 NWSL campaign.

The Pride were able to create some chances in the dying minutes with a couple of nice crosses by Ali Krieger and Strom. However, nobody was able to get on the end of those balls and they went harmlessly through the box.

The inability to convert on those chances costs the Pride as the Spirit went the other way. After taking the shot herself earlier in the half, Rodman passed up the difficult angle in the 89th minute. From the top of the box, Sanchez took the pass in some space, easily stepped around Taylor Kornieck, and took a long shot on goal. She beat Harris to the corner, giving the Spirit the late winner.

“We were just too soft,” Burleigh said about the game-winner. “I mean, you cannot give a player of her caliber that kind of time and space.”

While the Pride were dominated in the first half, they ended up leading multiple statistical categories, including possession (59.8%-40.2%), duels won (41-34), passing accuracy (81.1%-74%), total passes (503-342), crosses (24-14), and corners (6-3). The problem came in the final third as the Spirit recorded more shots (20-12) and shots on target (7-4).

“That was a tough one to swallow,” Burleigh said after the game. “You know, I felt like we kind of grew into the game and felt pretty good about where we were and then, credit to them for coming back and for scoring the two goals, because I felt like that was a game that was ready for us to take. So, disappointed with the result, but at the same time, I think we’ll find some good things in there about the way that we played.”

The loss sees the Pride move from fifth to sixth in the NWSL, the final playoff position this season. However, they’re even on points with Gotham FC for fifth and are only one point behind the Spirit and OL Reign, who sit in third and fourth, respectively.

The Pride will take the field again next Sunday when they take on Gotham FC in New Jersey.

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Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars: Final Score 1-0 as Pride Dominate But Fall in Chicago

The Pride dominated from the opening kickoff but couldn’t convert a single chance, falling to the Chicago Red Stars.



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The Orlando Pride (3-5-1, 10 points) ended their four-game unbeaten run in a 1-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars (2-6-1, 7 points) Saturday night at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, IL. Despite the Pride controlling the chances, Yuki Nagasato’s 22nd-minute goal was the difference as the Pride fell for the first time since April 23.

Pride Head Coach Seb Hines made one change to the starting lineup that beat the Washington Spirit 2-1 last weekend. Viviana Villacorta exited the lineup in favor of Erika Tymrak, who made her sixth start of the season. Tymrak moved into an attacking midfield role and Kerry Abello played alongside Mikayla Cluff in Villacorta’s place.

The back line in front of starting goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse remained the same with Kylie Strom, Emily Madril, Megan Montefusco, and Haley McCutcheon. Cluff and Abello were the defensive midfielders behind Abello, Marta, and Adriana with Messiah Bright up top.

The Pride dominated this game from start to finish. Chicago had an early chance and scored its goal, but created nothing beyond two shots. Meanwhile, the Pride kept the ball in the Chicago third for the majority of the game, creating chance after chance. In the end, the Pride should’ve won by multiple goals.

The first opportunity of the game came in the sixth minute when Ava Cook moved outside and found Bianca St-Georges making a diagonal run. The midfielder split Montefusco and Madril, receiving the ball in the box, but her shot was right at Moorhouse. It appeared as though she was offside, so it likely wouldn’t have counted anyway.

The Pride had their first chance of the game in the ninth minute. After receiving the ball from Abello, Bright played it back to McCutcheon and made a long run down the right. McCutcheon quickly played it forward for the sprinting striker. Bright made a long run, knocking it past Tatumn Milazzo and shielding Tierna Davidson before playing it across for Adriana. With a defender in front, Adriana dumped it off for the oncoming Abello, who shot right at Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher.

A minute later, the Pride almost opened the scoring when Strom sent a dangerous ball into the six-yard box. Cook got back to defend the back post, heading the ball down but right in front of goal. It went off Arin Wright’s thigh and McCutcheon was able to poke the ball towards the Red Stars’ net, but Naeher was able to keep it out.

Bright took her first shot of the game in the 15th minute. Tymrak played the ball for the rookie, making a diagonal run towards the right sideline. After dribbling into the Chicago box and cutting inside to beat Davidson, Bright’s shot was blocked by Milazzo. The deflection rolled across the top of the six, but Adriana wasn’t close enough to redirect it on goal.

In the 16th minute, a poor St-Georges pass was intercepted by Tymrak, who immediately played Bright up field. The striker made another long run into the Chicago half, passing through Milazzo and Cari Roccaro for Abello making a run up field. Abello had plenty of space behind the Red Stars back line and shot, but it was right at Naeher.

The Pride almost had a great chance in the 20th minute when Marta found Strom to her left and the defender sent a low pass into the box. Adriana was making a run into the six behind Milazzo, but the center back was able to break up the play. If the ball had reached Adriana, the Brazilian would’ve had a free shot on goal.

The Red Stars got the game’s lone goal in the 22nd minute, after Abello fouled Sandra Starke near midfield. Wright took the free kick, sending it wide right for Casey Krueger. The defender cut back to lose Adriana and lifted the ball towards the far post where Nagasato got behind Montefusco, heading it past Moorhouse to give the Red Stars the surprising 1-0 lead.

“I think it came off of us giving the ball away and, you know, that happens and we need to deal with it,” McCutcheon said about the goal. “An uncontested ball in the box and then they just had numbers and we need to do better with our line and do better with marking up.”

The Pride tried to respond quickly after the restart. Abello entered the Red Stars box, but found resistance so she played it back for Strom. The left back quicky played it across for Abello, who fired from just outside of the box, but the low attempt curled well wide of the far post.

Bright had another chance in the 34th minute when Adriana and Tymrak blocked a St-Georges pass that went right to the big striker. The rookie turned Davidson, who slightly blocked the ball, and it went right to Naeher, who made her fourth save of the night.

Chicago had their first real threat after the goal in the 39th minute when Marta turned the ball over near midfield. St-Georges was sent to the end line by Julia Bianchi, but her cross attempt was into the hands of Moorhouse at the near post.

The Pride went the other way with Adriana attacking Krueger one on one. Tymrak sprinted into the box, receiving the ball from the Brazilian playmaker. The veteran midfielder had some space between the defenders and attempted a first-touch shot from near the penalty spot, but mishit it and the ball rolled harmlessly wide.

In the 41st minute, Tymrak took control of the ball after Bright won an aerial duel. Tymrak sent a great cross to the top of the six, where Adriana got her head to it between Milazzo and Krueger. Unfortunately, the Brazilian couldn’t get over the ball and it went over the target.

Despite entering halftime with a 1-0 lead, Chicago only had two chances, the game’s first shot by St-Georges and the goal by Nagasato. Meanwhile, the Pride created eight shots, putting four on target, and should’ve had more opportunities if not for some successful desperate defending by the hosts.

The Pride started the second half where they left off the first. Just seconds after the restart, Starke’s pass attempt was blocked by Motnefusco and chested down by Bright to Tymrak. The midfielder took a long-distance shot beyond the stretched arms of Naeher, but missed the far post.

In the 49th minute, the Pride nearly equalized when Milazzo mishit her clearance attempt, sending the ball towards her own end line, and Krueger helped the ball out of play for a Pride corner kick. Naeher reached out for Adriana’s set piece, but Cluff beat her to it, heading it off the crossbar. Marta attempted an acrobatic shot off the rebound, but Naeher reached back and tipped it off the line to maintain Chicago’s one-goal lead.

The save was Naeher’s 519th in NWSL play, passing former Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris for the most saves in league history.

In the 52nd minute, the Pride almost connected when Strom sent a dangerous ball to the top of the six-yard box. Bright and McCutcheon were both making runs behind the Red Stars back line, but the ball was a little too far in front of both players, going out for a goal kick.

A minute later, Marta sent a curling ball towards the back post, where Adriana beat Krueger. The Brazilians almost connected on the far side, but the ball was just out of the reach of Adriana, going out for another goal kick.

Marta found McCutcheon to her left in the 56th minute making an overlapping run. Cook slid in with an attempt to win the ball, but McCutcheon got past her and lifted the ball into the middle of the box. Tymrak was there, but the ball was just over her head.

The Pride hit the crossbar for the second time in the game in the 59th minute. After receiving the ball on the left from Abello, Adriana took a touch inside and shot before Krueger could get in front of her. The ball was over Naeher, but bounced off the woodwork.

The Red Stars got their first real possession of the second half in the 60th minute. The hosts passed the ball around, looking for their third shot of the game. But the Pride defended it well and Krueger eventually lost the ball to Adriana without Chicago getting a shot off.

The Pride made the first change in the 62nd minute, replacing Bright with Julie Doyle. It was Doyle’s first appearance since she went off in the 23rd minute with an ankle injury against Angel City FC on April 2.

“She’s an exciting player, she’s always active,” Hines said about Doyle. “We felt like it was the right time to bring her in chasing a goal. She’s always on the move, making defenders defend, and it’s nice to have another attacking option come off the bench.”

In the 65th minute, Cluff lifted the ball behind the Red Stars’ back line, where Doyle was calling for it. The striker was challenged by Milazzo, but still got a shot off. Naeher made a great stop with her right shin, but the flag went up for offside.

Cluff created another chance in the 66th minute when she lifted the ball into the box from the right. Adriana chested it down, but lost her balance, allowing Krueger to clear it. However, it went right to Abello just outside of the box. The midfielder used a quick change of pace to beat Krueger and create enough space for a shot, sending it right into the hands of Naeher.

Chicago tried to play the ball out of the back and the Pride continued to apply pressure, nearly creating a pair of opportunities in the 67th minute. After Marta blocked a ball forward, Tymrak and Doyle attempted a give-and-go, but they couldn’t connect the return pass. Quickly winning the ball back, Cluff and Marta attempted their own one-two in the box with the same result.

Controlling possession and chances but needing a goal, Hines made an attacking change in the 68th minute. After making a like-for-like change earlier in the half, forward Ally Watt came on for Tymrak.

Marta used a stepover in the 71st minute to create space from Cook, sending a dangerous ball into the box. Doyle and Watt were making runs towards goal, but the ball was a little too far in front again, going out of play for a goal kick.

The Red Stars felt they should’ve had a penalty in the 84th minute when Ella Stevens, who came on for Starke in the 74th minute, sent Cook into the Pride box. Marta defended her with a shoulder challenge and Cook went down, but referee Rebecca Pagan decided it wasn’t enough for a spot kick and awarded the Pride a goal kick.

The Pride made their final change in the 85th minute and it was another attacking one. This time rookie attacking midfielder Summer Yates replaced left back Strom.

“It shows that we were being more aggressive towards the end of the game trying to get ourselves back in it,” Hines said about the attacking changes. “We felt with the likes of Julie, Ally, Adri, Marta, Summer, we had an opportunity to get back in the game and ultimately win the game in the end.”

A Marta corner in the 86th minute looked to be heading in, but was palmed out of play by Naeher. Adriana took the corner from the other side, but Krueger came up with it and cleared. The Pride players raised their arms because they felt Krueger had handled the ball, but Pagan thought otherwise.

In the 89th minute, Yates made a good run to the top of the box and sent the ball out wide for Doyle. Reaching the ball just before it went out of play, the forward sent a cross into the box. Watt did well with her first touch, bringing it down and setting up a second-touch shot, but sent it just wide of the near post.

The final chance of the game came in the fourth minute of second-half injury time. Marta sent a cross into the box from the left that was headed out by Wright. Yates kept it in and her block went right to Doyle. The second-half substitute had room for a shot, but her first-touch attempt was off her shin and way off target.

At full-time, the Pride led in every offensive statistical category. They had more possession (54.5%-45.5%), shots (18-2), shots on target (6-2), corners (9-0), crosses (29-4), and passing accuracy (81.8%-76.6%). After their 22nd-minute goal, Chicago didn’t create a single chance, but held on for the 1-0 win.

“Disappointed with the result,” Hines said about the game. “You know, it was a great opportunity for us to keep that momentum going. Anytime you play a team like Chicago who are short of confidence, you have to not give them any hope and that’s what we did. We gave them hope by allowing them to score first. But, at the end of the day, you can’t dominate a game the way that we did and not come away with three points and that’s the disappointing thing. The game is built on goals and we didn’t take our opportunities.”

“We played some good football tonight,” McCutcheon added. “The second half, we had them on the back foot the entire half. Even in the first half, there were some good moments, and so we just need to know what we’re capable of and continue to push in training. Continue to reach higher levels as a group, individually, collectively.”

The story of this game is the Pride not putting away their chances. They hit the crossbar twice and had multiple opportunities that missed the target. That’s in addition to the eight shots on frame and excellent goalkeeping by Naeher that kept the Red Stars in front.

“It’s frustrating, of course, because we’re not just talking about half chances, we’re talking about clinical opportunities,” Hines said after the game. “There was some really good deliveries in the box, some opportunities from distance, and I think Naeher probably had the game of her season so far.”

Hines has said several times this year that each game is a learning experience, especially with a young team like the Pride. The recent four-game unbeaten run has shown that they can compete with the top teams in the NWSL, but they need to put away the teams at the bottom of the standings.

“If we want to be a top team competing in the playoffs, we have to win games like this,” Hines said. “So it’s a reminder that we can’t take the foot off the gas. We can’t take anyone for granted. Whether it’s Washington at home in front of our fans or coming away to Chicago sitting bottom of the table. Every game is a tough game in this league. So it’s a reminder that we have to keep going, have to keep fighting and challenging.”

The Pride will finish off their two-game road trip next Saturday night when they take on the Houston Dash in Texas. Then they’ll return home to face the league-leading Portland Thorns at Exploria Stadium on June 11.

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Orlando Pride vs. Chicago Red Stars: Preview, How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups, Match Thread, and More

The Pride look to extend their unbeaten run to five games when they visit the Chicago Red Stars.



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Welcome to your match thread as the Orlando Pride (3-4-1, 10 points) look to extend their unbeaten run to five games in a road match against the Chicago Red Stars (1-6-1, 4 points) in Bridgeview, IL. This is the first of two games the two teams will play this season, with the return game at Exploria Stadium taking place on Aug. 20.

Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game.


The Pride and Red Stars have played every season since the former’s entrance into the NWSL except 2020. The teams have played 15 games, with the Pride going 4-11-1. All four wins have come in Bridgeview, IL, with the Pride having a record of 4-4-0 when playing the Red Stars away from home.

The Pride and Red Stars last met on June 12, 2022 in Illinois. Mallory Swanson capitalized on a Pride turnover in the 10th minute and the Red Stars held on for the 1-0 win. On May 22 in Orlando, Sarah Griffin gave the visitors the lead, and Bianca St. Georges and Swanson made it 3-0 Chicago. It appeared as though the Red Stars would run away with the game, but the final 10 minutes saw three goals and two penalties for an exciting finish. Sydney Leroux missed a penalty, but Amy Turner scored the Pride’s first goal late. Pugh converted her penalty in the moments later, and Leah Pruitt scored her first goal for the Pride a minute after that in a 4-2 Red Stars win.

The teams met three times during the 2021 season, but didn’t play until Aug. 8 in Illinois. Jodie Taylor and Leroux scored for the Pride before the half. The 2-0 win ended a six-game winless streak and was the first NWSL win for interim head coach Becky Burleigh.

The second meeting was Oct. 13 in Bridgeview, a rescheduled game that was originally supposed to take place Oct. 2. Kealia Watt scored in the sixth minute, which the Red Stars defended for 84 minutes on their way to a 1-0 result. The teams met again Oct. 29 in Orlando in the final game of the regular season. The Red Stars controlled the game but the Pride held off the Chicago attack for 65 minutes, at which point Watt scored the lone goal in a 1-0 game.

The Pride and Red Stars didn’t play in the 2020 Fall Series, so the last meeting prior to 2021 came in 2019. The first game was June 30 at Exploria Stadium. Goals by Chioma Ubogagu and Marta were topped by a Sam Kerr hat trick as the Red Stars won 3-2. The second game was on Aug. 21 in Bridgeview. The Pride took a 2-0 lead with goals by Rachel Hill and Ubogagu. Tierna Davidson cut the lead in half for Chicago, but it wasn’t enough as the Pride won 2-1. The third meeting in 2021 came on Sept. 11 in Orlando. Casey Short stole the game for Chicago with the game’s lone goal five minutes into second-half injury time as the Red Stars won, 1-0.

The 2018 NWSL season saw the Pride and Red Stars meet three times. On May 2 in Bridgeview, Hill and Ubogagu scored in a 2-0 Pride win. They met in the same location May 26 in a high-scoring affair. A Leroux brace was added to goals by Hill, Alex Morgan, and Dani Weatherholt, as the Pride won 5-2. They met a third time in 2018 on Aug. 25 in Orlando. The Red Stars were led by a Kerr brace, resulting in a 3-1 victory over the Pride.

The Pride and Red Stars met three times in 2017 — the first year that they played that many games against each other. Christen Press scored the lone goal on July 1 in Orlando as Chicago won 1-0. On July 22 in Bridgeview, Press led her team with a brace in a 2-1 Chicago win. The final meeting came a week later in Orlando. Morgan put the Pride ahead, but Sofia Huerta equalized as the teams drew 1-1.

The two teams met for the first time during the Pride’s inaugural season in 2016 on May 1 in Bridgeview. Press’ second-half goal led the Red Stars to a 1-0 win. On July 16 in Orlando, Taylor Comeau scored the lone goal as Chicago again won 1-0.


The Pride have caught fire after a tough start to the 2023 season, going 3-0-1 in their last four games. The recent success is due in large part to Pride Head Coach Seb Hines finding a consistent starting lineup.

While the Pride lost their first four games, only in the first game were they thoroughly outplayed. And that was away to the defending champion Portland Thorns. The losses against Angel City FC and NJ/NY Gotham FC were because of second-half stoppage time goals, three times setting new records for the latest goals conceded in NWSL history.

They surprised everyone with their 3-1 win over the San Diego Wave in Southern California and followed that up with a 1-0 home win against Racing Louisville. After drawing Gotham in New Jersey, the Pride had arguably their most impressive result last weekend, beating the previously unbeaten Washington Spirit, 2-1.

The team has created chances most of the season, but their defense has been much better since finding a consistent unit. Anna Moorhouse has solidified her starting position in goal behind a back line of Haley McCutcheon, Emily Madril, Megan Montefusco, and Kylie Strom. A healthy Marta, more comfortable Adriana, and experience for Messiah Bright have made the attack much more dangerous as well.

Tonight, the Pride face the last-place Red Stars in a game that they should win. However, coming off a big win over the Spirit, it’s a potential trap game.

“Keep them hungry,” Hines said last week about avoiding a letdown tonight. “Anyone can beat anyone. We were bottom of the table and we go to San Diego and get the ball rolling. So we gotta keep on our toes.”

The Red Stars got off to a poor start, losing their first two games of the year. It got worse when their best attacking player, Swanson, suffered a season-ending injury on April 8 while representing the United States against Ireland in a friendly. They bounced back from that news with their lone win, beating the Kansas City Current 4-2, but have yet to claim another victory. Last weekend, they were pounded 4-0 by the Thorns in Portland, the same score the Pride lost to against the defending champions to start the season.

On paper, the Red Stars should have a strong defense. They feature U.S. international Alyssa Naeher and a back line consisting of Arin Wright, Tierna Davidson, Casey Krueger, and Tatumn Milazzo. However, they’ve conceded seven goals in their last two games against Louisville and Portland. They haven’t kept their opposition to under two goals since their 1-1 draw against the Spirit on April 29.

The offense has struggled mightily since the team’s four-goal output against the Current. The last goal came in the 54th minute against Gotham on May 7, so it’s been 216 minutes since the Red Stars last scored. It’s a good matchup for the Pride’s stingy defensive unit.

“You can’t look at the table and think a game’s easy,” Hines said about tonight’s game. “They’re a bit short on confidence, but anyone can beat anyone on their day. So we have to be mindful of that. They are still a good team. It just hasn’t gone that way right now. We’ve got momentum and we’ve got to continue that momentum. We have to do the basic right and ultimately, if we do that, we’ll win the game.”

The Pride have a couple of additions to their injury report this week as Jordyn Listro (thigh) and Kaylie Collins (hand) join Carrie Lawrence (knee) as players out injured. Additionally, Amanda Allen is still on international duty with Canada. 

The Red Stars will be without Sami Feller (concussion), Sarah Griffith (ankle), Penelope Hocking (leg), Kayla Sharples (knee), and Swanson (knee).

Official Lineups

Orlando Pride (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Anna Moorhouse.

Defenders: Kylie Strom, Emily Madril, Megan Montefusco, Haley McCutcheon.

Defensive Midfielders: Mikayla Cluff, Kerry Abello.

Midfielders: Adriana, Marta, Erika Tymrak.

Forwards: Messiah Bright.

Bench: Carly Nelson, Caitlin Cosme, Summer Yates, Celia, Tori Hansen, Viviana Villacorta, Brianna Martinez, Julie Doyle, Ally Watt.

Chicago Red Stars (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Alyssa Naeher.

Defenders: Arin Wright, Tierna Davidson, Casey Krueger, Tatumn Milazzo.

Defensive Midfielders: Yuki Nagasato, Julia Bianchi.

Midfielders: Sandra Starke, Cari Rocarro, Bianca St-Georges.

Forwards: Ava Cook.

Bench: Jill Aguilera, Jenna Bike, Emily Boyd, Samantha Fisher, Sophie Jones, Amanda Kowalski, Cheyna Matthews, Allison Schlegel, Ella Stevens.


REF: Rebecca Pagan.
AR1: Jeremy Smith.
AR2: Cameron Siler.
4TH: Melinda Sopka.
VAR: Shawn Tehini.
AVAR: Joel McKell.

How to Watch

Match Time: 8 p.m.

Venue: SeatGeek Stadium — Bridgeview, IL.

TV: None.

Streaming: Paramount+ (U.S.), (International).

Twitter: For live updates and rapid reaction, follow the Orlando Pride’s official Twitter feed (@ORLPride). Due to simultaneous games, there won’t be live coverage by The Mane Land for this one but we will recap the match late Saturday night.

Enjoy the match. Go Pride!

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Three Takeaways from the Orlando Pride’s Good Run of Form

Here are some of the factors contributing to the Pride’s four-match unbeaten streak.



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The Orlando Pride are on a four-match unbeaten streak in NWSL regular-season play. I’m not including the heavily rotated and obviously not taken quite as seriously Challenge Cup match against the Washington Spirit. We should all temper our enthusiasm just a bit following this run of good form, as it’s the hope that kills you. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t some good things happening with this club. Let’s take a look at what is going right.

Brazilian Power

Marta scored her first goal since 2021 Saturday night in the Pride’s 2-1 win over the Washington Spirit. She also provided an assist with a perfectly placed corner kick to the back post and the head of Kylie Strom. It was exactly the type of performance the Pride needed from the legendary player.

Of course, It can take a long time to come back from such a devastating injury like a torn ACL. It can take longer for a player to find their form, especially if that player is on the older side for a professional soccer player. Hopefully, we’re seeing a renewed and rejuvenated Marta as the Pride move into the remainder of  the season.

Marta isn’t the Pride’s only Brazilian superstar since signing Adriana in the off-season. Like Marta, Adriana has one goal and one assist so far this season. Of course, she’s played more matches, but it’s understandable that she has to settle into a new league, a new club, and a new city. 

Despite having to make those adjustments, she has looked very dangerous. She is a player that the opposition must account for at all times. It was Adriana who drew the penalty against Washington that Marta subsequently scored on. She has 18 shots on the season, with 10 on target. Her willingness to take on defenders and take on a shot — whether inside or outside the box — will pay dividends. She is much too talented for some of those shots to not start making it into the back of the net.

More Moorhouse

The Pride rotated through multiple goalkeepers to start the season, with Anna Moorhouse, Kaylie Collins, and Carly Nelson all getting some starts. However, it now seems that Seb Hines has settled on Moorhouse, and frankly, it’s not hard to see why. Moorhouse has started six matches, has given up eight goals, but made 31 saves for a 1.33 goals-against average. If you take into account that four of the goals she allowed came in the 4-0 loss to the Portland Thorns to start the season — and who hasn’t given up four goals to Portland? — her stats look even more impressive.

In Moorhouse’s last four starts, she has two clean sheets — one each against Racing Louisville and NJ/NY Gotham FC — and has given up only one goal each to the San Diego Wave and the Washington Spirit. That is impressive given the competition. It’s Moorhouse’s world, and we’re all just living in it.

Back Line Consistency

Keeper wasn’t the only position in flux early in the season. Seb Hines mixed and matched Emily Madril, Caitlin Cosme, and Megan Montefusco between the center backs and tried Madril at fullback while looking for the right combination. Consistency and time together are needed on a back line for it to be effective. Once Hines settled on Haley McCutcheon at right back, Madril and Montefusco at the center back positions, and Strom at left back, it all started to come together.

Madril was a guest on The Mane Land PawedCast, and she shared her thoughts on how the defense has started to gel. It has also helped Moorhouse over the last four NWSL matches, and should only get better as the season wears on.

Those are some of the factors that stood out to me regarding the Pride’s recent good run of form. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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