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Orlando Pride vs. Angel City FC: Preview, How to Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups, Match Thread, and More

The Pride look for their first win of 2024 as they welcome Angel City FC.



Image courtesy of Orlando Pride / Mark Thor

Welcome to your match thread as the Orlando Pride play their first home game of 2024 against Angel City FC. This is the first of two games the teams will play against each other this year, with the return game in Los Angeles coming on June 30.

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


Angel City was one of the NWSL’s two expansion teams entering the league in 2022. As a result, the Pride have only played tonight’s opponents four times. The Pride are 2-1-1 in the four games, all in NWSL regular-season play.

The most recent matchup between these two teams took place on Oct. 2, 2023 in Los Angeles. An Adriana volley in the 22nd minute beat Angel City goalkeeper Angelina Anderson to her near post for the only goal of the game as the Pride won a crucial late-season game.  On April 2 of last year in Orlando, Emily Sams (nee Madril) took down Alyssa Thompson, giving the visitors a penalty. Former Pride forward Claire Emslie stepped up and converted to give her team a 1-0 lead. Messiah Bright responded just after halftime to make it 1-1, and the game appeared to be heading for a draw. But Katie Johnson scored the winner in the 10th minute of second-half injury time — the latest goal in NWSL history.

The first-ever game between the teams took place on May 8, 2022 in Los Angeles. In the third minute, Gunny Jonsdottir’s cross was tipped by Angel City goalkeeper DiDi Haracic, but it went right to Sydney Leroux. The Pride striker fired right at Morgan Reid standing in front of goal. The ball bounced off the defender and went in to give the Pride an early lead. The Pride dominated the first 15 minutes, before Angel City took over. The hosts controlled the final hour, but the Pride held on for 87 minutes to claim their first win of the season.

The teams met again on Aug. 7 in Orlando. Former Pride defender Ali Riley opened the scoring with a wonderful strike from the left side. The Pride responded in the second half through Julie Doyle, three minutes after she entered the game to even the game at 1-1. The visitors took another lead when Cari Roccaro beat Viviana Villacorta to a corner kick, putting it past Erin McLeod. The Pride equalized for a second time in the 90th minute. Doyle and Paige Nielsen raced for a Thais Reiss cross, with the defender reaching it first. But Nielsen’s attempted clearance went into her own net, allowing the Pride to claim a 2-2 draw and extend their unbeaten run to five games.


The Pride opened the 2024 NWSL season Saturday afternoon against Racing Louisville FC in Kentucky. They got off to a tough start, conceding two goals in 19 minutes. An Elli Pikkujämsä own goal in the 24th minute got the visitors back in it, trailing 2-1 in the second half. Kylie Strom was sent off with a second yellow in the 62nd minute and it looked nearly impossible that Orlando would get something out of the game, but Summer Yates came up big, netting the equalizer in the 86th minute as the Pride took a point from their opening game.

Tonight, the Pride start their 2024 home schedule against Angel City FC. They’ll possibly be without three of their four starting defenders, including both center backs, through injuries, suspensions, and illnesses. The lineup losses could be significant because Angel City has a potent attack with Emslie, Leroux, and Thompson.

The absences mean the team will likely need production out of their attack. Adriana caused headaches for Louisville last weekend and the hosts will depend on her to produce tonight. They’ll also need a better performance on the opposite side of the field by Julie Doyle. When at her best, Doyle can be trouble, but she was largely absent last weekend.

Angel City began its third season in the NWSL against newcomers Bay FC at home Sunday. They outshot the opposition 19-8, but Bay FC was more efficient, putting six of the team’s eight shots on target. Meanwhile, Angel City only put nine of its 19 shots on frame. Lysianne Proulx claimed the first clean sheet in the history of the San Jose-based side as Bay FC won 1-0 — the first win in team history.

Angel City brings back a strong roster that will make a first win of the season difficult for the Pride. In addition to the aforementioned lethal attack, Angel City has an experienced back line that includes M.A. Vignola, Nielsen, Sarah Gorden, and Riley. After falling in its own home opener, Angel City will be desperate to claim its first win, despite traveling across the country.

Last week, the Pride took on familiar faces in former Pride defender Carson Pickett and midfielder Taylor Flint (nee Kornieck). Marisa DiGrande (nee Viggiano) was on the bench but didn’t appear. Even more familiar faces are on the Angel City roster, including Emslie, Leroux, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Bright, and Riley. 

“I feel like it’s a common theme, even going back to Louisville. There was familiar players that we know. But with Angel City, there’s a couple that we’re aware of,” Pride Head Coach Seb Hines said about tonight’s opponent. “They played on Sunday. Traveling cross country is always difficult, and so the emphasis is on us. We’re at home in front of our own fans and it’s really important that we put a performance together that they’re proud of.”

The Pride will be without several players for this game, including forward Simone Charley (SEI-leg), midfielder Villacorta (SEI-knee), and defenders Megan Montefusco (SEI-heel), Rafaelle (foot), and Strom (suspension). Additionally, Sams is listed as questionable with an illness.

Angel City is dealing with its own injuries to key players. The visitors will be without Jun Endo (SEI-knee), Christen Press (SEI-knee), Rocky Rodriguez (concussion protocol), and Gisele Thompson (lower leg).

Official Lineups

Orlando Pride (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Anna Moorhouse.

Defenders: Celia, Kerry Abello, Brianna Martinez, Haley McCutcheon.

Defensive Midfielders: Angelina, Morgan Gautrat.

Midfielders: Julie Doyle, Marta, Adriana.

Forward: Ally Watt.

Bench: McKinley Crone, Ally Lemos, Amanda Allen, Luana, Mariana Larroquette, Evelina Duljan, Carrie Lawrence, Cori Dyke, Summer Yates.

Angel City FC (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Angelina Anderson.

Defenders: M.A. Vignola, Paige Nielsen, Sarah Gorden, Ali Riley.

Midfielders: Kennedy Fuller, Amandine Henry, Meggie Dougherty Howard.

Forwards: Alyssa Thompson, Messiah Bright, Claire Emslie.

Bench: Madison Curry, Madison Hammond, DiDi Haracic, Katie Johnson, Clarisse Le Bihan, Mathias, Lily Nabet, Jasmyne Spencer, Hannah Stambaugh.


REF: Alex Billeter.
AR1: Katarzyna Wasiak.
AR2: Jeremy Smith.
4TH: Alejo Calume.
VAR: Kevin Broadley.
AVAR: Maggie Short.

How to Watch

Match Time: 8 p.m.

Venue: Inter&Co Stadium —Orlando.

TV: None.

Streaming: Amazon Prime Video.

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

Enjoy the match. Go Pride!


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