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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 as the Orlando Pride (2-2-2, 8 points) head back out on the road to face the Houston Dash (2-1-2, 8 points). It’s the first of two games between the teams this season, with the return game at Exploria Stadium scheduled for July 8.

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


The Pride and Dash have played 16 times since the Pride joined the NWSL in 2016. They’ve played 14 times in the NWSL regular season, with Orlando going 5-7-2 and 2-4-1 in Houston. They also played a pair of games during the 2020 Fall Series, with Houston taking both games.

The two teams played twice last season, once in each city. The first meeting was on June 26 in Houston. Maria Sanchez and Veronica Latsko gave the Dash a 2-0 lead with goals in the 18th and 26th minutes, respectively. Gunny Jonsdottir got one back for the Pride in the 49th minute, however, it wasn’t enough as the Dash won 2-1.

The teams met again on Sept. 5 at Exploria Stadium. Rachel Daly gave the Dash an early 10th-minute lead and the visitors held onto the advantage for 69 minutes. But Taylor Kornieck equalized in the 79th minute, allowing the Pride to come away with a 1-1 draw.

The Pride withdrew from the 2020 Challenge Cup due to a COVID outbreak in the team. But the two teams were matched up in the Fall Series, playing twice. On Sept. 26 in Houston, Nichelle Prince gave the Dash a 27th-minute lead before Marisa Viggiano responded in first-half injury time. Sophie Schmidt and Shea Groom put the game out of reach in the second half as the Dash won 3-1.

The return game was on Oct. 9 at Osceola County Stadium in Kissimmee — the only game the Pride have played at the venue. Groom scored again in this game, giving the Dash a 13th-minute lead. Latsko made it 2-0 in the 29th minute before Sydney Leroux answered in the 47th minute. The Pride were unable to find an equalizer as Houston won 2-1.

The teams met three times during the 2019 season with the Pride going 0-2-1. The first game was on May 5 in Houston. The Pride only got a single shot on target but Houston could only muster one goal from Kealia Ohai, whose seventh-minute strike lifted the hosts to a 1-0 win. The second game was also in Houston on June 15 and resulted in a 2-2 draw. Joanna Boyles scored her first professional goal to give the Pride an early lead, but the Dash scored two unanswered goals to flip the scoreline. Fortunately, Danica Evans equalized in the 71st minute.

The final meeting in 2019 was on Aug. 10 in Orlando and resulted in the Pride finishing with nine players. Julie King was the first sent off in the 61st minute, reducing the Pride to 10. Marta was then sent off with a straight red card in the 85th minute. Daly converted an 87th-minute penalty and the Dash came away with a 1-0 win.

The first 2018 meeting between the two teams came on April 22 in Orlando. Chioma Ubogagu’s 65th-minute goal was the difference as the Pride won 1-0. In Orlando on June 27, Alex Morgan gave the Pride a 22nd-minute lead and the Pride took that advantage into halftime. But goals by Ohai in the 79th minute and Sofia Huerta in the 83rd minute saw the Dash claim a 2-1 win. The third and final game between the teams that year was on July 11 in Houston. A Daly brace led the Dash to a 3-1 win.

The teams only played twice in 2017 with the visiting team taking both games. The first was on June 17 in Houston. A Marta brace and goals by Camila and Alanna Kennedy put the Pride up 4-0. The Dash attempted a comeback with goals by Poliana and Prince, but the Pride won 4-2. A week later, the Dash got their revenge in Orlando as Carli Lloyd and Daly lifted Houston to a 2-0 win.

The Pride’s inaugural 2016 season saw them play every team twice, except Houston, and the two teams played four times that season. The first-ever meeting between the teams was Orlando’s first regular-season home game on April 23. The first goal was an Andressa own goal just after halftime. Lianne Sanderson and Morgan then made it 3-0 before Andressa got one back to make it a 3-1 Pride win. The first meeting in Houston was on May 20. Kristen Edmonds scored the lone goal in the 81st minute as the Pride won 1-0.

On June 23, the teams met for the second time in Orlando. It appeared to be headed for a scoreless draw until Jasmyne Spencer scored a minute into second-half injury time to lift the Pride to a 1-0 win. The final meeting that year occurred on Sept. 3 in Houston. The Dash took a commanding 3-0 lead with goals by Janine Beckie, Polina, and Ohai. Morgan and Edmonds got two back to make it a one-goal game before Ohai scored her second to complete a 4-2 Dash win.


The Pride enter this game after a late comeback against the Washington Spirit last weekend. Goals by Trinity Rodman and Ashley Hatch put the Spirit up 2-0 after 66 minutes, but the home team made a furious comeback late. Mikayla Cluff scored five minutes into second-half injury time and Darian Jenkins equalized three minutes later, resulting in a 2-2 draw. While the team has shown resilience by not giving up, the Pride are still looking for consistency in putting full 90-minute games together.

The Dash come into this game on a four-game undefeated streak (2-0-2), which includes wins against the Kansas City Current and Portland Thorns and draws against Racing Louisville and the North Carolina Courage. However, Houston is winless at home this year (0-1-1), losing to San Diego Wave FC and drawing the Courage last weekend.

The Dash have been led offensively by Rachel Daly — who has three goals and an assist — and Nichelle Prince — who has scored once and assisted the last two Daly goals. The other goal scorers for Houston this season include Bri Vaselli and Sophie Schmidt.

“(Houston is a) very confident group. They’ve gotten some results recently and just seem to be playing very unified,” Pride Head Coach Amanda Cromwell said about tonight’s opponent. “Against the last two teams they played a different formation, but we’re trying to see if that’s because the team they played against had a two front. We have some question marks just based on what system they might be playing. But, in the end, we know where their threats are. We know Daly and Prince have been playing very well with (Shea) Groom underneath them. They defend well, they’re scrappy, and above all else right now, they’re very confident.”

Orlando is shorthanded again. In addition to Marta (knee), and Caitlin Cosme (D45) continuing to be out, the Pride will be without Carrie Lawrence (ribs) and Meggie Dougherty Howard (COVID protocol), while Erika Tymrak (left foot) and Celia (illness) are questionable. Houston will be without Cali Farquharson (right leg), Lindsey Harris (left elbow), Kelcie Hedge (right knee), and Annika Schmidt (SEI – right knee).

Official Lineups

Orlando Pride (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Erin McLeod.

Defenders: Gunny Jonsdottir, Megan Montefusco, Toni Pressley, Kerry Abello.

Midfielders: Mikayla Cluff, Viviana Villacorta, Jordyn Listro.

Forwards: Sydney Leroux, Leah Pruitt, Darian Jenkins.

Bench: Anna Moorhouse, Kylie Strom, Julie Doyle, Parker Roberts, Angharad James, Chelsee Washington, Courtney Petersen, Kaylie Collins.

Houston Dash (3-4-3)

Goalkeeper: Jane Campbell. 

Defenders: Allysha Chapman, Katie Naughton, Ally Prisock.

Midfielders: Maria Sanchez, Marisa Viggiano, Sophie Schmidt, Haley Hanson.

Forwards: Rachel Daly, Shea Groom, Nichelle Prince.

Bench: Michaela Abam, Michelle Alozie, Joelle Anderson, Julia Ashley, Ella Dederick, Elizabeth Eddy, Ryan Gareis, Emily Ogle, Bri Visalli.


REF: Luis Guardia.

AR1: Francisco Bermudez.

AR2: Zach McWhorter.

4TH: Estefania Estrada Sanabria.

How to Watch

Match Time: 8:30 p.m.

Venue: PNC Stadium — Houston, TX.

TV: None.

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

Twitter: For rapid reaction and live updates, following along at @TheManeLand and the Orlando Pride’s official Twitter feed (@ORLPride).

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.



Image courtesy of Orlando Pride / Mark Thor

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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