Orlando Pride Forward Marta Voted NWSL Player of the Month
Orlando Pride forward Marta was voted the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) Player of the Month for the month of September of the 2017 NWSL season.
Marta, 31, had two goals in four appearances during September to lead the Pride to their second consecutive undefeated month with a 2-0-2 record over the final 30 days of the regular season. Orlando scored eight goals during the month to finish the 2017 campaign with the No. 1 offense in the league – with their 1.88 goals per game the fourth best single-season mark in NWSL history. The Pride went undefeated over the final nine matches of the regular season to clinch the first playoff appearance in club history.
The Dois Riachos, Brazil native scored for Orlando in both wins for the club in September. She netted the game-winning goal Sept. 2 in a 4-2 home victory over the Boston Breakers and found the back of the net Sept. 30 during a 3-2 road win against the North Carolina Courage. The victory over North Carolina was the fifth road win of the year for Orlando – the second most in the league this season – and set up a semifinal showdown with Portland Thorns FC in the 2017 NWSL Playoffs.
The Brazil international created 13 scoring chances for her teammates in September and finished the 2017 campaign with 64 chances created – 17 more than any other player in the league – as she has been a driving force behind Orlando having not trailed in a match since July 22.
The five-time FIFA World Player of the Year made 23 appearances in her first season in the NWSL and finished the year ranked second with 13 goals and tied for second with six assists. Her 102 minutes per point is also the second-best career mark among NWSL players who have logged at least 1,500 minutes – trailing only former Western New York Flash forward Abby Wambach.
It is the first time Marta has been honored as the NWSL Player of the Month and the second time an Orlando Pride player has won the award after Alex Morgan earned the accolade for August of this season.
The Orlando Pride will return to action against Portland Thorns FC in the semifinals of the 2017 NWSL Playoffs on Saturday, Oct. 7 in a match that kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET and will be broadcast live on Lifetime.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 NWSL Championship, starting as low as $20, on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Fans will have the opportunity to purchase seats throughout the 25,500 capacity venue, including in the North end of Orlando City Stadium – North America’s first safe-standing supporter’s section. Tickets are available online at www.NWSLchampionship.com and by phone at 1-855-ORL-CITY.
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