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Orlando Pride Sign Midfielder Jordyn Listro to One-Year Deal

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The Orlando Pride announced they’ve signed midfielder Jordyn Listro to a new one-year deal with a club option for the 2024 NWSL season. The Canadian international originally joined the club on a short-term contract in 2020 and was re-signed last May, just after the regular season started.

“Jordyn is a player who has roots here in Florida and fights every day to represent the badge and the community,” Pride Head Coach Seb Hines said in a club press release. “After returning to us last year, she stepped in right away and made an immediate impact on the pitch. She is a player that is always looking to improve, and is willing to do the dirty work in the midfield, which is vital to the type of team we want to be. We couldn’t be happier to have her back in a Pride uniform.”

Listro originally signed with the Pride on a short-term contract for the 2020 Fall Series. The club signed her to a one-year deal prior to the 2021 season, but traded her to the Kansas City Current just 74 days later. Following her lone season in Kansas City, the Current declined her option, freeing her up to rejoin the Pride.

The Pride signed Listro to a one-year deal on May 7, 2021, following the first game of the 2022 NWSL regular season. The former University of South Florida player soon became a regular in the starting lineup, playing in 19 games (13 starts), recording 1,233 minutes, and providing one assist.

“I am so excited to be back for another year with the Pride. This is a club I love representing and a city where I feel at home,” Listro said in the club’s release. “You saw a glimpse of what this team is capable of last season and we have a lot to prove this season. I can’t wait to get started.”

The Toronto native has represented Canada at the youth and senior levels. Her senior national team debut occurred on Feb. 21, 2021 at Exploria Stadium during the SheBelieves Cup, starting against Argentina. Her only other senior team appearance came the following game against Brazil in the same tournament.

Prior to playing in the NWSL, Listro made her professional debut in Spain for UDG Tenerife in 2017, making five appearances. Her 82 games played at USF was a school record, where she started 75 games and recorded five assists.

What It Means for Orlando

Listro provides more depth to the Pride’s defensive midfield heading into the 2023 NWSL season. As shown by her single assist, she doesn’t provide much on the attacking end, but does well on the defensive side, breaking up opposing attacks.

It’s telling that she was signed to a one-year deal while most signings this off-season have been two-year contracts. This might be because the Pride have a loaded defensive midfield. Hines began playing Megan Montefusco at the defensive midfield position late last season alongside Haley McCutcheon (formerly Hanson) and seemed pleased with her performances. The club drafted two center backs in this year’s NWSL draft, providing more depth to play the veteran center back in the midfield. As a result, Listro could be left on the outside when the 2023 season ends. Having an option for 2024 affords the club some flexibility.

At 27 years old, Listro is among the older players on this young Pride team. Her experience will be helpful as the team continues its full rebuilding project. Her ability to defend in the midfield and break up counter attacks will also be key as the team looks to make the NWSL playoffs for the first time since 2017 and the second time in club history.

After signing Listro, along with Celia earlier today, the Pride have only defender Courtney Petersen as an unsigned player whose rights the club controls. Defender Toni Pressley remains the only unsigned free agent from last year’s team with the club re-signing Marta and Erika Tymrak but losing Meggie Dougherty Howard to San Diego.

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Orlando Pride Sign Zambia International Midfielder Grace Chanda

The Pride have signed Zambian international midfielder Grace Chanda through the 2025 NWSL season.

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The Orlando Pride announced today that the club has signed Zambia international midfielder Grace Chanda through the 2025 NWSL season with a mutual option for 2026. Most recently playing for Madrid CFF in Spain’s Liga F, Chanda will join the Pride following Zambia’s participation in the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

“Grace had a breakout year in 2022, proving what she is capable of, and we’ve had our eye on her since the buildup to the Women’s World Cup last summer,” Pride Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter said in a club press release. “While she navigated tremendous adversity this past year off the field, she has come out of it even stronger and is ready to make an impact. We are excited to bring her to Orlando and are confident in the quality and depth she will add to our midfield and attack. Grace offers added versatility, speed, and technical skill and is tenacity and joy personified on the pitch. We look forward to her arrival and getting her settled in the City Beautiful and can’t wait to see her in purple.” 

Chanda is the second Zambian international to join the Pride after the signing of forward Barbra Banda, who quickly has become the NWSL leader in goals. The Zambian women’s national team has made a significant jump in recent years, making its Olympic debut in 2020 and FIFA Women’s World Cup debut in 2023. The Copper Queens also qualified for the upcoming Olympics in Paris this summer.

“I am extremely excited to join Orlando. It is a great club, where I will be able to play alongside amazing players, like Marta and Barbra,” Chanda said in the club’s release. “This is a very important step in my life, because I have always wanted to play in the NWSL, one of the best leagues in the world. I hope I can adapt quickly so that I can help my teammates and the club achieve greater things together. I’m looking forward to this amazing journey of my life.” 

After a successful stint in Zambia’s top division — the FAZ Women’s League — Chanda moved to BIIK Kazgurt of the Kazakhstan Championship in 2022. She netted a hat trick in her UEFA Women’s Champions League debut on Aug. 18, 2022, becoming the first Zambian to play in the competition. A month after the game, she signed with Madrid CFF, one of the most successful teams in the Spanish top division. Her play in 2022 saw Chanda named an African Women’s Footballer of the Year finalist.

During her first season in Spain, Chanda played in 26 games with 11 starts, recording 1,137 minutes, three goals, and two assists. In July 2023, Chanda was ruled out of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup due to an illness, which caused her to also miss the majority of the Liga F season. She only ended up playing the final two games of the season, recording 19 minutes and scoring a goal.

The 26-year-old has been a fixture for Zambia, captaining the team and taking part in the 2018 and 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations. She was the top goal scorer for her team with eight goals at the 2020 CAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament. She missed the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup and the beginning of the Olympic qualifying campaign with her illness but returned in April, featuring in the two-legged qualifying tie against Morocco.

What This Means for Orlando

Chanda’s addition to the Pride adds more depth to their attack. Successful acquisitions by the team through signings and the draft have enabled them to take a risk on a player that has seen limited minutes over the past year. Her contract also only runs through next season with a possible option. As a result, it’s a low-risk, high-reward signing for the team.

The attacker can play in the attacking midfield or up top if necessary. Pride Head Coach Seb Hines has used both a 4-2-3-1 formation and a 4-4-2 formation this season, with Chanda being able to contribute in multiple ways in both setups. The club has put an emphasis on versatile players, and Chanda’s ability to play in the midfield or forward continues that trend. Adding more depth to the attack will give Hines the ability to rest important players like Marta, Adriana, and Banda, ensuring they’re fresh for the club’s playoff run.

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Big Summer Awaits Orlando Pride Internationals

Multiple Orlando Pride players have a chance to impress during the international break and later this summer.

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In front of more than 9,000 fans at Inter&Co Stadium Friday night, the Orlando Pride secured their NWSL-record eighth straight victory. The last time the Pride dropped points was the end of March, prior to the previous international break and before the arrival of Barbra Banda, who has eight goals in only six starts. 

After a busy period in the club calendar, most of the roster will get a well-deserved rest. For several players however, attention now turns to their respective national teams and important tune-up matches before a packed summer headlined by the Paris Olympics in July and the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in August and September. 

Orlando’s Global Stars

The Pride roster has often included big names, with Marta being a mainstay in Orlando for years now. After the addition of Banda early in the NWSL season, the Pride now boast a former Best FIFA Women’s Player and one of the top forwards in the world. These stars, and several others who play for the Pride, will likely hope that this summer brings glory in their national team colors before the NWSL playoffs start in the fall.

In the lead-up to the bright lights of the Summer Olympics, Orlando’s Brazilian contingent will head to Brazil for two friendly matches against Jamaica during this international break. Marta, Brazil’s all-time leading scorer at 116 goals, is joined by Rafaelle, the current captain of the national team, and Adriana for the brief trip home. Angelina, a recent regular for the Brazil squad with 23 appearances, is not with the team due to the injury she picked up several matches ago with the Pride.

The trio joining Brazil has a combined 299 appearances for As Canarinhas, including 175 appearances from Marta alone. As veterans of the national team, they will attempt to use this international break to build team cohesion and winning form as the Olympics approach.

For Marta, who has announced her upcoming retirement from international soccer at the end of 2024, playing in the Olympics gives her the opportunity to go out on top with a major trophy. While she doesn’t play quite as many minutes as she used to, she is a valuable leader for the team and a role model and spokeswoman for the sport as a whole.

From the other side of the Atlantic, the Pride’s newest addition, Banda, needs no introduction to the Olympics. In the Tokyo Olympics, she burst onto the world soccer scene with back-to-back hat tricks against the Netherlands and China. Pride Vice President of Soccer Operations and General Manager Haley Carter described her performances at that tournament as one of the main reasons she brought Banda to Orlando.

Unfortunately for Banda, whose two goals in the final match of African Olympic qualifying clinched Zambia’s spot this summer, off-field issues may prevent Zambia’s inclusion in the tournament. Earlier this year, leaders within Zambian football were arrested for monetary crimes committed in their national team roles, and FIFA has threatened Zambia with suspension from world football. It would be a true shame for the Zambian players, Pride fans, and soccer fans worldwide if Banda is prevented from challenging for an Olympic medal due to the misconduct of her football association’s leaders.

USWNT Hopefuls

Despite the incredible start to the season by the Pride, Orlando’s domestic players are currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the United States Women’s National Team. The senior USWNT roster for the current international break did not feature any Pride players, which has been a recurring theme since the departures of Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger, and Ashlyn Harris. 

The good news for Orlando’s USWNT hopefuls is the official introduction of Emma Hayes, as the new USWNT head coach will bring new eyes to the national team roster. Should the Pride continue to dominate in the NWSL, several of the American players might force Hayes to take a closer look and evaluate who deserves a spot in upcoming camps ahead of the Olympics. 

Of the current Pride roster, Emily Sams, Kerry Abello, and Morgan Gautrat may be closest to national team selection. Sams, a 24-year-old stalwart for a strong defensive unit, has been garnering attention as one of the best players yet to make an appearance in the Red, White & Blue. Considering her age and growth on the pitch, it may just be a matter of time for Sams. Abello, who is also 24, is another younger player who could be a useful depth player for the U.S. due to her versatility on the left side of the pitch. Both Sams and Abello have participated in U.S. Youth National Team camps and should, at the very least, be watched carefully by Hayes and her staff. 

Gautrat, on the other hand, has appeared extensively for the USWNT, with 88 career appearances, most recently in the 2022 SheBelieves Cup. Injuries have been the biggest contributor to her falling out of the USWNT, and she has continued to struggle maintaining full fitness with Orlando. If she is able to recover fully and appear more regularly for the Pride, playing at her best could give herself a shot at the Olympic roster.

Youth Movement

Before players appear for their senior national teams, they often shine for their respective youth teams. Orlando’s roster includes three young players that have been selected recently for youth team events: 19-year-old Amanda Allen, 20-year-old Ally Lemos, and 21-year-old Evelina Duljan. All three regularly participate in camps and friendly matches for their respective U-20 and U-23 squads. 

Duljan has yet to feature for the Pride after signing from Juventus in preseason, but she has played at most youth levels for Sweden. This week, she traveled home to Sweden for a flurry of matches, as her U-23 team plays Austria, Poland, and Germany in quick succession. For Duljan, three matches equals three chances to impress Orlando staff in competitive play in hopes of getting her first minutes for the Pride.

For Allen and Lemos, this summer will include the unique opportunity to participate in the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, which runs from August to September in Colombia. Allen is well regarded by the Canadian national team, already having made a senior appearance. Lemos, for her part, was among the youngest players ever taken in the NWSL Draft and has featured in nine of 11 matches for the Pride, with two starts. Both players could gain an immense amount of experience and exposure if they participate in the U-20 World Cup this fall, but it is unknown at this time if the Pride will allow them to miss club matches for this experience, although the club has not typically held players out of international competitions in the past. 


While Pride fans love to watch their favorite club, the players often get something extra from representing their country. This summer gives a handful of players the opportunity to compete on the world stage. With so many players featuring regularly for their national teams, Orlando Pride players may have a big say in who takes home the gold, silver, or bronze medals.

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Orlando Pride vs. Portland Thorns FC: Final Score 2-1 as Barbra Banda Brace Lifts Pride to Eighth Straight Win

The Pride used a Barbra Banda brace to defeat the Portland Thorns 2-1 for their eighth straight win.

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The Orlando Pride (8-0-3, 27 points) won their record-setting eighth straight game by defeating the Portland Thorns (6-4-1, 19 points) 2-1 tonight at Inter&Co Stadium. Barbra Branda’s first-half brace gave the hosts a 2-0 lead that they took into the second period of play. The Thorns got one back through Izzy D’Aquila, but it wasn’t enough as the Pride claimed all three points.

Pride Head Coach Seb Hines made two changes to the starting lineup that beat the Seattle Reign 3-2 on Sunday. Morgan Gautrat returned to the lineup, replacing Ally Lemos, and Julie Doyle replaced Summer Yates, who was out with an illness.

The back line in front of Anna Moorhouse remained the same with Kerry Abello, Kylie Strom, Rafaelle, and Emily Sams. Gautrat and Haley McCutcheon were in the defensive midfield behind Doyle, Marta, and Adriana with Banda up top.

It was a slow start to this game as the two teams tried to find ways to break down the opposition in the first 10 minutes. However, the Pride dominated the remainder of the first half, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime. The Thorns made two halftime changes and it made a difference as they created more chances than in the first 45 minutes. They got a goal back in the 71st minute and nearly scored on multiple other occasions. But the Pride were able to hold on.

The Pride had the first decent attack of the game in the 10th minute. It started with an excellent long ball across the field from Rafaelle to Doyle and the midfielder’s cross was blocked by Becky Sauerbrunn. The ball landed at the feet of McCutcheon and she attempted a shot, but Hina Sugita was there to block it. The Pride recirculated the ball, resulting in Adriana finding Marta at the top of the box, but the captain’s attempt was blocked by Kelli Hubly.

In the 17th minute, a bad touch by Christine Sinclair enabled Rafaelle to take possession and find Marta at the top of the box. The Brazilian fired from distance and the ball bounced off the chest of Thorns goalkeeper Shelby Hogan for the first save of the game.

Marta took another shot in the 24th minute when Doyle lifted the ball over a pair of defenders, looking for her teammate on the far side of the six-yard box. It was far enough for Marta to control and get a shot off, but Hubly stayed in front and blocked the attempt.

In the 26th minute, Adriana played a great ball forward to Banda, enabling her to get into the box. Hubly got in front of the striker and defended her well, knocking the ball out of play. Marta’s ensuing corner kick was cleared out, but only to Abello who played it back outside for Marta. The captain found Strom with space in the box, but the center back’s shot was wide of the target.

The Pride won another corner kick in the 29th minute and this one resulted in the game’s opening goal. Abello’s cross was cleared behind goal by Hubly for a corner kick. Marta took the set piece, sending it to the far side of the six-yard box. Gautrat got her head to it, sending the ball to the center of the box. Rafaelle’s shot on goal was blocked, but the ball went right to Banda, who put it in to give the Pride a 1-0 lead.

Immediately after the goal, the teams went to the sidelines for a hydration break. When play resumed, the Thorns got their first chance of the game. It came from a mistake when a pass back to Rafaelle was misplayed, enabling Olivia Moultrie to take over. The teenager took a couple of dribbles before shooting, sending the attempt straight to Moorhouse.

In the 35th minute, Janine Beckie made a run down the right and attempted to play Moultrie behind the Pride defense. Moultrie had a step on Rafaelle, but the pass was too close to Moorhouse, enabling the Pride goalkeeper to collect it.

The Pride doubled their lead in the 40th minute when Marta sent a long ball forward for Banda. Dribbling into the Thorns box, Hubly caught up with the striker and blocked her initial shot. However, Banda recovered, dribbled around Hogan, and touched the ball in for an easy second goal of the night.

The goal saw Banda net her third brace of the year and her second brace in two games after she scored twice against the Seattle Reign on Sunday. It was her eighth goal of the season, tying her for the league lead with Sophia Smith. However, while Smith has scored eight goals in 10 games, Banda has done it in seven.

“I’m so happy to be part of that. I’m happy to help her score goals because, at the end of the day, it’s good for the team,” Marta said about Banda’s brace. “We were missing some players like that a few years ago, and we created a lot of chances, but most of the chances didn’t result in goals. This year, we have her here, she showed up from the first game, and really, really wants to help this team. She showed hunger every single game. And, for us, it’s very good because she’s fast, she’s strong, and then we just need to find a pass.”

“Building that chemistry has probably happened quicker than we might have thought,” Hines said about the chemistry between Banda and Marta. “But she finds a way and it’s brilliant to see. Even the second goal today, you would feel like the chance is gone but she finds a way to find the back of their net.”

After scoring twice, Banda nearly got an assist in the 43rd minute when a pair of defenders closed her down, leaving McCutcheon free to her right. The defensive midfielder controlled the ball and shot, but it was too close to Hogan.

The Thorns got their second shot in the second minute of first-half stoppage time when a long ball into the box was cleared by Abello. The clearance went right to Jessie Fleming, who quickly shot, but it was well over the target.

The final chance of the first half came a minute later when Rafaelle was called for a foul on Sugita. It gave the visitors a free kick in the Pride’s final third, their first set piece of the game in a dangerous position. Sam Coffey sent the ball into the box and Sauerbrunn got her head to it, but sent the redirection over the goal. The halftime whistle blew immediately after the miss, sending the Pride into the locker room up 2-0.

At halftime, the Thorns had more possession (54%-46%) and better passing accuracy (85%-83%), but the Pride had more shots (14-3), shots on target (13-1), corner kicks (3-0), and crosses (10-5).

“We had mentioned that two halves are never the same. 2-0 is a very dangerous score line as well,” Hines said about his halftime message. “The next goal can be the defining factor.”

Right after the halftime whistle, Banda went down and rubbed her leg. As a result, Hines made one halftime change, replacing Banda with Ally Watt.

The Pride had the first chance of the second half in the 52nd minute when Doyle played McCutcheon to the end line and Coffey knocked the ball out of play. The first corner kick by Marta was blocked back to her and her second cross was knocked out of play by Sinclair. The second corner kick found the head of Rafaelle beyond the back post, but her header was high and wide of the target.

The Thorns quickly went the other way off the goal kick with Moultrie sending Beckie down the right. The midfielder played a great ball to Sinclair, who had gotten behind Rafaelle, but her attempt to redirect the ball on target was unsuccessful, sending it over the crossbar.

In the 56th minute, Doyle sent a long and low ball forward for Watt. The speedy striker beat Sauerbrunn to the pass and sent a shot towards goal, but right to Hogan.

Two minutes later, Adriana used some crafty footwork to beat Nicole Payne and shot for the near post. She felt that Hogan had blocked it out for a corner kick, but referee Ekaterina Koroleva determined that the ball went directly into the side netting and issued the Thorns a goal kick.

It appeared as though the Pride would have a corner kick in the 60th minute when Marta sent a dangerous ball towards goal. It looked like Hogan pushed the shot wide, but Koroleva said Marta was the last to touch it, much to her dismay.

Marta caused more havoc for the Thorns defense on the left, beginning with a dangerous cross in the 65th minute. She was looking for Watt, who was making a diagonal run to the near post. But Sauerbrunn beat her to it and cleared the ball out of play.

A minute later, Marta was played forward on the left and sent a dangerous ball across the face of goal. Watt made the slightest of touches, attempting to redirect inside the far post, but didn’t get enough on it and the ball went out of play.

On the other end, the Thorns had a chance in the 68th minute when Beckie played a nice through ball, sending D’Aquila behind the back line. The substitute’s first touch was a shot, but Moorhouse did well to come out and block the attempt.

Shortly after the stop, Hines made his second change of the game. Cori Dyke came into the game for Doyle.

The visitors got a goal back in the 71st minute through a nice individual effort by Moultrie. The U.S. international beat her defender to the end line and found D’Aquila wide open in the box. It was an easy finish for the substitute, cutting the Pride lead to 2-1.

The Pride’s third substitution came in the 76th minute. It was a defensive move as Brianna Martinez came into the game for Gautrat.

Watt went down in the 79th minute and required attention from the Pride medical staff. In the meantime, the players went to the benches for water and instructions. When Watt was up and play resumed, Ana Dias sent a dangerous ball towards the back post. D’Aquila was in the area, but couldn’t get on the end of it.

A minute later, Sugita created enough space to send the ball towards goal. Moorhouse initially looked like she would have to make a stop, but the ball curled away and went out for goal kick.

The Thorns came close to equalizing in the 84th minute when Moultrie lifted the ball forward. Dias was between Rafaelle and Strom, but got her head to it. Moorhouse was indecisive about whether to come out and it nearly cost her. Fortunately, the header was off the crossbar and the Pride were able to clear.

The final two changes for the Pride came in the 87th minute. Ally Lemos and Amanda Allen entered the game for Abello and Adriana.

In the 90th minute, Lemos pulled Sugita back while the Thorns midfielder looked to enter the Pride box. She was issued a yellow card and Portland had a free kick in a dangerous position. Moultrie sent the set piece towards the far post where Dias met it with her head. However, the attempt was wide of the target.

The fourth official showed five minutes of second-half stoppage time, but the Thorns couldn’t take advantage. The only shot came in the fifth minute when Moultrie took a shot from outside of the box. McCutcheon blocked the attempt and the Pride won the game 2-1.

At full time, the Thorns had more possession (55%-45%) and crosses (22-17) with better passing accuracy (84%-81%). The Pride had more shots (22-13), shot on target (16-6), and corner kicks (7-2).

“Listen, they’re a top team. They were six games unbeaten coming into this game,” Hines said about the game. “They should be looking at the top of the table with the roster that they have. They’ve got internationals all over, they’ve got players who have won the league as well. So it was always going to be different in that second half. And I think how we started the second half, we started a little bit surprised.”

“I thought after that first 10 minutes for the second half, we settled, we started moving the ball really well,” he continued. “We also created some really good opportunities to score as well. And I think if we had got that third goal, we probably would’ve put our minds at rest towards the end. But this team thinks deep. You know, to get it over the line towards the end, that’s really, really encouraging and it’s something that we’ve done all season which is pleasing that we didn’t stop that today.”

The Pride win snapped a six-game winning streak by the Thorns and was the Pride’s eighth consecutive win, setting a new NWSL record. However, the Pride have bigger things in mind as they contend for the first trophy in team history.

“It’s a great feeling,” Hines said about the record. “I’ll be honest, it’ll probably be short lived because we’ve got bigger goals we’ve set this season and objectives that we want to reach this season. But yeah, of course it’s a nice feeling. It’s great to do it in front of our fans, our home fans who have supported us through the tough times and just glad that we’re rewarding them for their support by having this record and setting a new record for the NWSL. But a lot of credit has to go to the players and the support staff because, without them, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this today.”

“Proud,” McCutcheon added. “ I think I even said that tonight from last year to this year. We knew we were building something special but just to have something in the history books is something that I didn’t think would happen so soon. And so yeah, we’re thrilled but we’re not satisfied. We want to keep pushing for the ultimate goal at the end of the season.”

Much was made about the Pride going after a new league record heading into this game. However, they’re still looking to maintain their spot at the top of the NWSL standings.

“I think it’s about mentality more. Keep a hard mentality, very strong,” Marta said about the team moving forward. “And, like I say, we need to keep on playing our way, make our way, find a way when we don’t have it together. And we can’t start to think about the other teams. We need to think about ourselves. We need to repeat every single thing that we did good in this game. And improve, improve more and more. Don’t be satisfied.”


The NWSL will take a break next weekend for internationals before returning the following weekend. The Pride will take the field next on June 7 when they travel west to take on San Diego Wave FC.

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