Orlando Pride Aims for Back-to-Back Wins; Travels to Chicago on Sunday
After record-breaking home win, Pride head on the road for second time this season
After an exhilarating performance in front of a National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) record-breaking attendance of 23,403 fans, Orlando Pride (1-1-0, 3 points) sets its sights on the Windy City to challenge the Chicago Red Stars (1-1-0, 3 points) on Sunday, May 1. Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. ET. at Toyota Park.
“Hopefully we’ll continue in the same vein as we did for the first two games. I think we had a really solid performance in Portland and obviously a very sound home win last week,” said Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni. “Now it’s about trying to improve a little bit, become a little more cohesive but continue with that same effort, the same work rate, the same commitment that we’ve shown in the first two games.”
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The Pride enter Sunday’s match following an historical 3-1 victory over the Houston Dash. The Pride benefited from a Houston own-goal just two minutes into the second half, as Alex Morgan’s shot deflected off defender Andressa and past Lydia Williams.
Second-half substitute midfielder Lianne Sanderson sparked the tempo of the match, with the England National Team star scoring the game-winning goal in the 58th minute. Sanderson used her soccer smarts on a free kick outside the box, catching the Dash with a quick shot before the defense could get in position.
Morgan added her name to the scoresheet shortly thereafter, burying a beautifully slotted ball from defender Steph Catley with one touch. Due to the dominant performance by Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and the Pride backline, the Dash scored just one goal, a distance strike from Andressa.
The Red Stars are coming off a 1-0 win over the Western New York Flash, riding a 28th minute Casey Short goal to three points. In their first game, the Red Stars fell 3-1 to the Houston Dash.
The Pride return to action in Orlando on Sunday, May 8 when Seattle Reign FC visits Camping World Stadium, formally known as the Orlando Citrus Bowl. Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. E.T.
Tickets to all Pride home matches are available at orlando-pride.com or by calling 855-ORL-CITY. Season tickets are available for just $15 a game and can be purchased at orlando-pride.com/tickets.
Orlando Pride press release.