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

The Pride look to continue the strong start to their 2024 NWSL season as they welcome Bay FC to Orlando for the first time.



Image courtesy of Orlando Pride / Mark Thor

Welcome to your match thread as the Orlando Pride (5-0-3, 18 points) look to continue their eight-game unbeaten run and five-game winning streak against NWSL newcomers Bay FC (2-6-0, 6 points). This is the first of two games the teams will play against each other with the other scheduled for Sept. 20 in San Jose, CA.

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


Bay FC is one of two expansion teams to enter the NWSL for the 2024 season. However, while the Utah Royals previously existed and have some history with the Pride, Bay FC is in its inaugural season. As such, tonight’s opponents have yet to face off.

There’s also little connection between the two teams. When Angel City FC and San Diego Wave FC entered the league in 2022 — the last expansion year — the teams had multiple former Pride players on their rosters. The only former member of the Pride on Bay FC is forward Rachel Hill, who played in Orlando from 2017 to 2019. However, she is injured and will miss the match.


The Pride are off to an excellent start to the 2024 NWSL season and their best since entering the league in 2016. The current eight-game unbeaten run is the second longest in club history and the longest to start a season in team history. After drawing their first three contests, they’ve won five straight, equaling the team’s longest winning streak set in 2017.

The run can be attributed to multiple factors, including the play of 2023 NWSL Draft fourth-round selection Summer Yates and the arrival of Zambian international Barbra Banda. Yates began the year with three goals in the first six games after minimal inclusion in 2023, and Banda has scored four goals in the last three games following her debut on April 19.

The team has also benefited from a strong defensive effort, despite missing multiple key players at times this season. The Pride have earned clean sheets in three games this year — including back-to-back shutouts in April — and have only conceded once in three games. Unsurprisingly, the three shutouts have all resulted in wins.

Tonight’s opponent has gotten its inaugural season off to a tough start. Bay FC currently sits on six points from its first eight games with only two wins and six losses. Their 13 goals scored is fourth in the league, but they’ve struggled defensively, conceding a league-high 19 goals. They started with a 1-0 win over Angel City on March 17, but have conceded multiple goals in each of their subsequent games.

While seven Pride goals have come from two players, conversions by Bay FC have been spread around. Tess Boade, Deyna Castellanos, Racheal Kundananji, Asisat Oshoala, and Kayla Sharples lead the team with two goals. Joelle Anderson, Dorian Bailey, and Alex Loera have also contributed with one goal each. The assists have also been spread around, with Anderson’s two leading the team.

The defensive struggles this year haven’t been due to inconsistent lineups. Lysianne Proulx has started in goal in all but two games so far, and the back line has usually included veterans Sharples, Emily Menges, and Caprice Dydasco, often joined by rookie Savannah King. Despite not being listed on the availability reports, Sharples has been replaced at times by Jen Beattie.

“Listen, they’ve recruited some really top, talented players, both domestically and internationally, and they’re a team that we’re going to have to be fully aware of and prepared for,” Pride Head Coach Seb Hines said about tonight’s opponent. “You know, their attack, they have some really dangerous players who can hurt you in any given moment. But I think we just approach it like we have approached every game. Knowing a few of their tendencies and what they like to do, but also focusing on ourselves and building on what we’ve achieved so far and just reinforcing that message that we have to stay hungry for more success and more points.”

The Pride continue to get healthier with Marta (lower leg) being removed from the availability list. Angelina (knee), Simone Charley (right leg), Luana (illness), Megan Montefusco (right heel), and Viviana Villacorta (left knee) remain out for this game. Bay FC will be without Jordan Brewster (lower leg), Maya Doms (ankle), Hill (leg), Alex Loera (knee), and
Melissa Lowder (knee).

Official Lineups

Orlando Pride (4-2-3-1)

Goalkeeper: Anna Moorhouse.

Defenders: Kylie Strom, Emily Sams, Rafaelle, Kerry Abello.

Defensive Midfielders: Morgan Gautrat, Haley McCutcheon.

Midfielders: Julie Doyle, Summer Yates, Adriana.

Forward: Barbra Banda.

Bench: McKenzie Crone, Ally Watt, Marta, Ally Lemos, Mariana Larroquette, Celia, Carrie Lawrence, Bri Martinez, Cori Dyke.

Bay FC (4-3-3)

Goalkeeper: Katelyn Rowland.

Defenders: Savy King, Emily Menges, Kayla Sharples, Kiki Pickett.

Midfielders: Alyssa Malonson, Asisat Oshoala, Deyna Castellanos.

Forwards: Racheal Kundananji, Tess Boade, Scarlett Camberos.

Bench: Caprice Dydasco, Jen Beattie, Princess, Jamie Shepherd, Caroline Conti, Joelle Anderson, Dorian Bailey, Maddie Moreau, Lysianne Proulx.


REF: Danielle Chesky.
AR1: Zeno Cho.
AR2: Katarzyna Wasiak.
4TH: Daniel Gutierrez.
VAR: Shawn Tehini.
AVAR: Maggie Short.

How to Watch

Match Time: 7:30 p.m.

Venue: Inter&Co Stadium — Orlando.

TV: Ion.

Streaming: None.

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

Enjoy the match. Go Pride!


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