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Orlando Pride vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC: Preview, How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups, Match Thread, and More



Welcome to your match thread as the Orlando Pride (7-6-7, 28 points) host NJ/NY Gotham FC (6-5-8, 26 points) at Exploria Stadium. This is the last of three times the two teams will face off during the 2021 NWSL regular season, and fourth time they’ll play this year.


The Pride and Gotham FC, formerly known as Sky Blue FC, have played each other 14 times since the Pride’s inaugural season in 2016. The Pride lead the all-time series 6-4-4 overall and 5-3-4 in NWSL regular-season games. The Pride hold a 3-1-2 record at home against Gotham, but dropped an additional home game in this year’s NWSL Challenge Cup.

The most recent game between two teams came on Aug. 29 at Red Bull Arena. The difference between the teams was a long-range goal by Erika Tymrak in the 49th minute. They previously met this year on June 20 in Orlando. Caprice Dydasco gave the visitors the lead just before the half, but a 90th-minute goal by Courtney Petersen saw the Pride take a point.

The only game between the two teams outside of regular season match-ups came on April 14 at Exploria Stadium. A 79th-minute Paige Monaghan goal lifted Gotham to the 1-0 win and handed the Pride their only loss in the preseason tournament.

The global pandemic in 2020 resulted in the two teams not seeing each other, so 2021 was the first time they’d played since 2019. The teams first met that year on June 22, 2019 in New Jersey. A Chioma Ubogagu 32nd-minute penalty was equaled by Sarah Killion’s 67th-minute conversion. But it was an own goal by Gina Lewandowski that pushed the Pride to a 2-1 win and ended a 15-game winless streak.

The second game between the teams came on July 20, 2019. Marisa Viggiano scored her first professional goal as the Pride claimed a 1-0 win. The teams met for a third and final time that year on Sept. 29, 2019. Shelina Zadorsky struck first for the Pride in the 18th minute. However, Carli Lloyd equalized in the 88th minute, lifting Sky Blue to a draw and avoiding the season sweep.

The Pride and Sky Blue met three times in 2018. The first game on June 16, 2018 was decided by Sydney Leroux’s brace and Rachel Hill’s late winner. The second game featured three goals in nine minutes. Marta gave the Pride the lead in the 51st minute and Imani Dorsey and Shea Groom responded with a pair of goals before Dani Weatherholt’s 73rd-minute goal saved a point for the Pride. Meeting for the final game of the season on Sept. 8, 2018, the difference was Lloyd’s 74th-minute goal in a 1-0 Sky Blue win.

The teams played three games in a season for the first time in 2017. Sky Blue took the first game 2-1 on May 27, 2017. The Pride responded with a pair of victories, winning 3-2 away and 5-0 at home to take two of the three meetings.

The Pride and Sky Blue met for the first time in 2016, with the two games coming three days apart. The first meeting ended in a 1-1 draw on Sept. 7, 2016, before Sky Blue handed the Pride a 2-1 loss.


The Pride have done well since the arrival of Becky Burleigh as interim head coach, claiming points in six of eight games (3-2-3). However, the most recent outing was the worst for the Pride under their Burleigh, as they were trounced by OL Reign 3-0 in Tacoma, WA. The loss pushed the Pride down to fifth in the league. 

The team was supposed to play the Chicago Red Stars in Bridgeview last weekend, but the game was postponed following the revelations about Paul Riley’s misconduct while coaching the North Carolina Courage. The Pride didn’t play midweek, but the Houston Dash came away with a 3-2 win over the league-leading Portland Thorns, jumping the Pride with the same number of games played.

Heading into this game against Gotham FC, the Pride sit in the final playoff spot, just a point ahead of the Washington Spirit and two points ahead of tonight’s opponent.

The last time Gotham FC faced the Pride, it ended in the team’s third straight loss. But they’ve bounced back strong, claiming points in each of their last three games (1-0-2). The most recent match was played at Subaru Park, home of the Philadelphia Union. The scoreless draw with the Spirit was dedicated to the retiring Lloyd, who grew up near Philadelphia.

After a strong start to the season, the Pride have put themselves in a position where they need maximum points from their last four games. No game is more important in the playoff push than this one against Gotham FC, which sits just two points back.

As is always the case when facing Gotham FC, keeping Lloyd off the scoresheet will be key to the Pride’s success. Despite not scoring, Lloyd was a constant threat in the last meeting between the two teams, nearly scoring on multiple occasions.

The Pride will also need to see more from their offensive stars. Alex Morgan, Marta, and Leroux were nearly invisible against OL Reign, rarely able to create dangerous situations in the opposing half. Those three will need to be a bigger part of the Pride’s attack if they hope to claim all three points in this critical game.

The Pride have been quite healthy heading into the final stretch of the season. Morgan returned before the two recent internationals and Ashlyn Harris returned to the lineup against OL Reign after a collision in goal against the Dash on Sept. 5 caused the team captain to miss the next game against Racing Louisville.

This game will also see Marta return to the starting lineup after the Brazilian star was on the bench during the last game against OL Reign. Rather than an injury, Burleigh said the omission was due to the amount of travel the attacker experienced during the international break.

With those three stars returning to action, the only players listed on the Pride injury list are Jade Moore (knee) and Viviana Villacorta (knee).

Similar to the Pride, Gotham FC comes into this game relatively healthy. The only player on the injury list is backup goalkeeper Mandy McGlynn (head).

Official Lineups

Orlando Pride (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Ashlyn Harris.

Defenders: Courtney Petersen, Amy Turner, Ali Krieger, Ali Riley.

Midfielders: Marisa Viggiano, Marta, Gunny Jonsdottir.

Forwards: Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Jodie Taylor.

Bench: Erin McLeod, Phoebe McClernon, Toni Pressley, Parker Roberts, Kylie Strom, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Taylor Kornieck, Erika Tymrak, Abi Kim.

NJ/NY Gotham FC (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Kailen Sheridan.

Defenders: Imani Dorsey, Estelle Johnson, Gina Lewandowski, Caprice Dydasco.

Midfielders: Gaetane Thiney, McCall Zerboni, Nahomi Kawasumi.

Forwards: Midge Purce, Carli Lloyd, Ifeoma Onumonu.

Bench: Brianna Pinto, Paige Monaghan, Jennifer Cudjoe, Erica Skroski, So-dam Lee, Didi Haracic, Domi Richardson, Elizabeth Eddy, Evelyne Viens.


REF: Brad Jensen.

AR1: Jeremy Smith.

AR2: Zeno Gyuho Cho.

4TH: Alejo Calume.

How to Watch

Match Time: 7 p.m. ET.

Venue: Exploria Stadium — Orlando.

TV: None.

Streaming: Twitch (Global).

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 Midfielder Kerry Abello to New Contract

The Pride have signed midfielder Kerry Abello to a new three-year contract.



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The Orlando Pride announced this afternoon that the club has signed midfielder Kerry Abello to a new three-year contract. The deal keeps Abello in purple through the 2026 NWSL season.

“We are thrilled to keep Kerry in Orlando through 2026. Since joining the club, she has proven to be a reliable and versatile player for our team,” Pride Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter said in a club press release. “In a few short years, she has grown into a leader in our locker room and sets the standard for professionalism and accountability, two values we center our culture around. Ensuring she remains a part of what we are building here, both on and off the field, was a priority for us in the off-season. We are happy to bring that to fruition and look forward to her continued growth and performance.” 

Abello was initially drafted by the Pride with the 24th pick of the 2021 NWSL Draft, but decided to return to school for a fifth season. The club finally signed the Penn State product to a two-year contract on Jan. 28, 2022. The midfielder signed another two-year deal on Feb. 23, 2023, with a club option for 2025. Just over a year later, she’s now inked a third contract, ensuring her stay in Orlando will run through 2026.

Initially coming off the bench, Abello became a regular starter late in her rookie season. Over the past three years, she’s seen time at attacking and defensive midfield, showing her versatility. In total, Abello has made 49 appearances (31 starts) in all competitions and recorded 2,835 minutes. She’s scored one goal and contributed one assist.

Last year, the 24-year-old midfielder made 25 appearances (18 starts), recording 1,642 minutes, and adding a goal and an assist. She participated in all but two league games and five of the team’s six Challenge Cup contests.

“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, there is truly no place I’d rather be. Thank you, Orlando, for having me for the next three years,” Abello said in a club press release. “I’m feeling full of joy, gratitude, and inspiration. There’s work to be done, and I can’t wait to put my whole heart into this season and all the rest. Vamos!”

The Batavia, IL, native was a part of the United States youth set up at the U-14, U-15, U-17, U-18, and U-19 levels. She received a call up to the U-23 U.S. Women’s National Team for the 2022 Women’s U-23 Three-Nations Tournament, scoring in a 3-0 win over Sweden.

Prior to being drafted by the Pride, Abello was a three-time All-Big Ten selection, helping Penn State win three Big Ten championships. She was also named to the All-North Team twice in her five collegiate seasons.

What It Means for Orlando

Similar to her last contract, this deal ensures that Abello will continue her stay in Orlando beyond the upcoming season. She originally started on the bench under former Pride head coach Amanda Cromwell, but won over Seb Hines with her versatility in the midfield. During her first two professional season, she’s played extensively at attacking and defensive midfield. However, she can also play on the back line, having been a center back in college.

Following the 2023 NWSL season, Carter told The Mane Land’s Skopurp Soccer podcast that the club focused on the back line last off-season and was focusing on the midfield this off-season. Signing Abello, who has been a crucial part of the club’s rebuild, was always going to be part of that plan.

Between the re-signing of Abello and the new additions to the team, the midfield has more depth than before. Abello’s presence could be crucial, because the midfield’s Brazilian internationals will likely miss time due to international call-ups. Abello can fill in multiple positions, ensuring there won’t be a significant drop-off when the internationals depart.

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Orlando Pride Unveil New Kits Ahead of 2024 NWSL Season

The Pride take part in the NWSL kit reset with new primary and secondary jerseys for the 2024 season.



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The Orlando Pride unveiled their two new kits today ahead of the 2024 NWSL season. The jerseys are part of the league-wide kit reset, launched by the NWSL and Nike. The club’s new Phoenix Kit features the Pride’s two recognizable colors, purple and blue, and the secondary Citrus Kit has an all-new color scheme, paying tribute to Florida’s citrus industry. Both jerseys will be formally unveiled on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at “The Kit Party presented by Orlando Health,” taking place at the Orlando Regional History Center.

Replicas of the two new jerseys are available for purchase at, in The Den at Inter&Co Stadium during regular business hours, and on Replica goalkeeper jerseys will also be made available during a late spring release.

“We are proud to share two new, powerful kits with our fans and honored that we are again able to share the story of one of the pillars of our community and the state of Florida,” Pride Chief Marketing Officer Pedro Araujo said in a club press release. “Each year, it is important for us to use our platform to celebrate those that laid the foundation for our city, and this year is no different. We hope our fans are as excited to wear the Citrus Kit and the Phoenix Kit as we are, and to proudly represent Orlando both at home and outside of Central Florida. This new partnership with Nike is a very exciting moment for the league. We’re grateful for their continued support of the Orlando Pride and the NWSL as a whole and are excited for the future opportunities this new, refreshed commitment will bring to our kits and team performance gear.”

The Citrus Kit features a new orange and iced-out green scheme, a first for the Pride, with inspiration taken from Central Florida’s citrus industry. The jersey features oranges and leaves, with letters and numbers featuring the same iced-out green coloring. The design of the kit takes direct inspiration from the historic packaging of citrus crates and labels, unique to each grove. The back of the socks features a hand-drawn “Pride,” which is also inspired by the labels. Meanwhile, the “Outer Pride” on the lower corner of the jersey is a stylized “OP” with an orange cross-section and orange blossom leaves and flowers.

The primary home jersey this season will be the new Phoenix Kit, which is more recognizable to fans. The jersey features the club’s traditional colors of purple with blue letters and numbers. The jersey features a unique two-toned purple gradient that runs diagonally from the top right to the bottom left of the jersey. The club’s shirt sponsor, Orlando Health, remains in white, but the letters, numbers, and Nike logo on the darker purple are the team’s second color, “Eola Blue.”

The new kits are part of the NWSL’s league-wide kit reset, the first time a women’s professional soccer league has presented refreshed primary and secondary uniforms for all of its teams. Each club is receiving jerseys that reflect the club’s identity and joyful expression and celebrate the team’s community.

The Pride’s unveiling has been in cooperation with Hollieanna Groves, a local and family-owned grower, harvester, packer, and shipper of Florida citrus. The Maitland-based company is a fourth-generation packing house and sales room, providing the backdrop for one of the club’s kit photo shoots.

Here are some photos of the Pride’s newest kits courtesy of the Pride:

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Orlando Pride Place Megan Montefusco on Season-Ending Injury List

The Orlando Pride have placed center back Megan Montefusco on the season-ending injury list following surgery on her right foot.



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The Orlando Pride announced this afternoon that center back Megan Montefusco has been placed on the season-ending injury list. The defender had off-season right foot surgery, performed by the club’s official medical team, to repair a long-term problem.

“This is an unfortunate situation for Megan, though we’re happy she was able to address an issue that has plagued her for some time, and we are confident she will come out of this a stronger athlete,” Orlando Pride Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter said in a club press release. “Our club is fully behind her and will support her throughout her rehab process, as will our amazing partners at Orlando Health. Our goal is to help Megan get back on the field as safely and smartly as possible, and we are behind her every step of the way. We look forward to seeing her back out on the pitch as soon as she is ready.”

The Pride originally acquired the defender in a trade with the Houston Dash on Jan. 28, 2022 that saw Marisa Viggiano go the other way. She was a regular starter at center back that year and through most of 2023, but lost the starting position when the club signed Brazilian international Rafaelle. Montefusco has made 45 appearances (42 starts) for 3,773 minutes in all competitions over her two seasons in Orlando, scoring one goal.

The 31 year-old signed a new contract with the Pride on June 15, 2023 through the 2024 season with an option for 2025. As one of the team’s main representatives alongside fellow center back Carrie Lawrence, Montefusco appeared at Orlando City’s preseason game against the New England Revolution, signing autographs and taking part in a question-and-answer session while wearing a walking boot.

What It Means for Orlando

This news is a bit of a blow to Orlando’s depth on the back line. Montefusco was the first center back off the bench late last year and was expected to have the same role this year. However, her absence will make room for Lawrence, who missed the 2023 season after suffering a torn ACL during preseason, and Tori Hansen, who is currently on loan with Melbourne Victory FC in Australia. The duo will now compete for the third center back spot unless the club replaces Montefusco with another veteran, as the NWSL transfer window remains open.

This injury could also open up a spot for the Pride to sign 2024 second-round NWSL Draft pick Cori Dyke, who the club took at No. 22 overall out of Penn State. Dyke has experience at center back in college. She played as a central midfielder for the first four years in college, but moved to center back for her final season. Despite moving to the back line, the 2023 season was her most productive offensively, as she recorded five goals and six assists.

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