Orlando Pride beat Houston Dash in front of 23,403 fans
Chicago Red Stars 1 – 0 Western New York Flash
Casey Short 28′ (Chicago Red Stars)
The Chicago Red Stars on Saturday bounced back from last week’s defeat to Houston, downing visiting Western New York Flash 1-0 in their National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) home opener, courtesy of a first-half strike by offseason acquisition and Chicagoland native Casey Short. Facing a Flash squad which had knocked off defending champs FC Kansas City in its first match of the campaign, Head Coach Rory Dames’s side grabbed all three points behind an all-around improved team performance and U.S. ace Alyssa Naeher’s inaugural clean sheet in a Red Stars uniform.
Orlando Pride 3 – 1 Houston Dash
46′ (own goal)
Lianne Sanderson 57′ (Orlando Pride)
Alex Morgan 61′ (Orlando Pride)
Andressa 75′ (Houston Dash)
Orlando Pride couldn’t have written a better script, as the Club made history with a 3-1 win over the Houston Dash on Saturday night, in front of a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) record single-game attendance of 23,403 fans at the Orlando Citrus Bowl.
“I think the crowd we had today has taken the league to a new level, it just wasn’t about the number in the crowd but the passion of the crowd and how they supported the team,” said Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni. “Hopefully we did enough tonight to encourage them to come back for the rest of the season.”
Kansas City 1 – 1 Portland Thorns
Shea Groom 30′ (Kansas City)
Lindsey Horan 78′ (Portland Thorns)
Despite playing most of the second half with just 10 players, FC Kansas City held on to earn their first point of the 2016 National Women’s Soccer League season.
Liberty native Shea Groom gave the Blues the lead in the 30th minute and Lindsey Horan scored the equalizer for Portland in the 78th minute of the 1-1 draw at Swope Soccer Village on Saturday night. FC Kansas City is now 0-1-1 and Portland is 1-0-1.
“Even though the score was tied 1-1, I feel like we won,” Blues coach Vlatko Andonovski said. “We played one of the best teams in the league, if not the best, with a man down for 40-plus minutes and managed to do well. All I can say is, I’m very proud of the girls.”
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