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Orlando Pride
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Full nameOrlando Pride
FoundedOctober 20, 2015;3 years ago (2015-10-20)
Stadium Exploria Stadium
Orlando, Florida
Capacity25,500
OwnerFlávio Augusto da Silva (majority)
Phil Rawlins (minority)
Head Coach Marc Skinner
League National Women's Soccer League
2018 7th
Website Club website
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The Orlando Pride is a professional women's soccer team based in Orlando, Florida. The team joined the National Women's Soccer League, the top level of women's soccer in the US, for the 2016 season. [1] [2] It is the tenth team to be added to the league. It is affiliated with the MLS team Orlando City SC and play their home games at Exploria Stadium in downtown Orlando.

Orlando, Florida City in Central Florida

Orlando is a city in the U.S. state of Florida and the county seat of Orange County. Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,509,831, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in July 2017. These figures make it the 23rd-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida. As of 2015, Orlando had an estimated city-proper population of 280,257, making it the 73rd-largest city in the United States, the fourth-largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.

National Womens Soccer League Professional soccer league, highest level of womens soccer in the United States

The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league owned by the teams, and under a management contract with the United States Soccer Federation. At the top of the United States league system, it represents the sport's highest level in the United States. The NWSL was established in 2012 as a successor to Women's Professional Soccer (2007–2012), which was itself the successor to Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003). The league began play in 2013 with eight teams, four of which were former members of Women's Professional Soccer. With the addition of three expansion teams in Houston (2014), Orlando (2016), Salt Lake City (2018) and the loss of FC Kansas City and Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.

The 2016 National Women's Soccer League season was the fourth season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the tenth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association. Both national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

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A NWSL record crowd of 23,403 at the Florida Citrus Bowl on April 23, 2016 of the franchise's first Home Game

History

Following the 2015 NWSL season, it was rumored that the Orlando City SC ownership group would be adding an expansion team to the women's professional league. [3] On October 20, 2015, a press conference was held at Lake Eola Park where Phil Rawlins unveiled the team name, logo, and colors. [4] Former national team head coach of Australia and the U.S. Tom Sermanni was announced as the team's first head coach. [5]

The 2015 National Women's Soccer League season was the third season of the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. Including the NWSL's two professional predecessors, Women's Professional Soccer (2009–2011) and the Women's United Soccer Association (2001–2003), it was the ninth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States. The league is operated by the United States Soccer Federation and receives major financial backing from that body. Further financial backing is expected to be provided by the Canadian Soccer Association and the Mexican Football Federation. All three national federations pay the league salaries of many of their respective national team members in an effort to nurture talent in those nations.

Orlando City SC American Soccer Club

Orlando City Soccer Club is an American professional soccer club in Orlando, Florida, that competes as a member of the Eastern Conference in Major League Soccer (MLS). Orlando City SC began play in 2015 as an expansion team and is the first MLS franchise in the state since Miami Fusion and Tampa Bay Mutiny folded following the 2001 season. The team plays at Exploria Stadium in Downtown Orlando.

Lake Eola Park lake of the United States of America

Lake Eola Park is a public park located in Downtown Orlando, Florida. Lake Eola is the main feature of the park. Also located in the park is the Walt Disney Amphitheater, which hosts many community events and various performances year round. On the east side of the park is a Chinese pagoda, and a playground. The park is surrounded by four streets: East Robinson Street, Rosalind Avenue, East Central Boulevard, and North Eola Drive.

On October 26, 2015, the Pride announced that they had made the first player acquisitions in team history; signing forward Alex Morgan and Kaylyn Kyle from Portland Thorns FC in exchange for the Pride's No. 1 picks in the 2015 NWSL Expansion Draft and the 2016 NWSL College Draft as well as an international roster spot for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and also acquired Sarah Hagen in a separate trade with FC Kansas City along with Kansas City's second-round 2016 draft pick in exchange for the Pride's 2017 second-round draft pick. [6] They finished the season in 9th.

Alex Morgan American soccer player

Alexandra Morgan Carrasco is an American soccer player. She is a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. Since 2018, she has co-captained the national team with Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.

Kaylyn Kyle Association footballer

Kaylyn McKenzie Kyle is a Canadian soccer player who last played as a midfielder for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League. She is also a member of Canada women's national soccer team, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and is a Right To Play ambassador.

Portland Thorns FC soccer team and National Womens Soccer League franchise in Portland, Oregon, USA

The Portland Thorns FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Portland, Oregon. Established in 2012, the team began play in 2013 in the then-eight-team National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), which receives support from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and formerly the Mexican Football Federation (FMF). The Portland franchise is owned by Peregrine Sports LLC, which also owns the Portland Timbers. The Thorns, the Houston Dash, the Orlando Pride, and the Utah Royals are other NWSL teams with Major League Soccer affiliations.

In 2017 the Pride qualified for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history as they finished the regular season in 3rd place with a record of 11-7-6. They went to Portland Thorns for the semi-final but lost 4-1. The season was also notable for the signing of five time FIFA World Player of the Year and Brazil international Marta who finished the season as the league's second highest scorer with 13 goals.

The 2017 season is Orlando Pride's second season. The team competes in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States.

The Brazil women's national football team represents Brazil in women's association football and is run by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF). It has participated in eight editions of the FIFA Women's World Cup, finishing as runner-up in 2007, and seven editions of the Copa América Femenina.

Marta (footballer) Brazilian association football player

Marta Vieira da Silva, commonly known as Marta, is a Swedish-Brazilian footballer who plays for the Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League and the Brazil national team as a forward. With 17 goals, she holds the record for most goals scored at FIFA World Cup tournaments. Moreover, she is the first footballer of either sex to score at five World Cup editions, followed by Christine Sinclair.

Following a disappointing 2018 season where the Pride missed the playoffs by finishing in 7th place, head coach Tom Sermanni and the Orlando Pride mutually parted ways after three seasons. Sermanni had a regular season record of 25-29-14 during his spell in Orlando, going 0-1-0 in the playoffs. [7]

The 2018 season is Orlando Pride's third season in the National Women's Soccer League, the top division of women's soccer in the United States. The team plays its home games at Orlando City Stadium.

Tom Sermanni Association football player and coach

Thomas Dorby Sermanni is a Scottish football coach and former professional player and current head coach of the New Zealand women's national team. He has previously coached the Australia women's national team, the United States women's national team from 2013 to 2014, and the Orlando Pride of the National Women's Soccer League from 2016 to 2018.

In January 2019, Marc Skinner stepped down from his role at FA WSL side Birmingham City to become the Pride's second ever head coach.

Marc Skinner is an English professional football coach. Currently the head coach of Orlando Pride in NWSL, he previously managed Birmingham City and was also involved with their youth set-up prior. He holds a UEFA A Licence.

The Football Association Women's Super League is the highest league of women's football in England. Established in 2010, it is run by the Football Association and currently features 12 fully professional teams.

Birmingham City W.F.C. semi-professional English Womens football club

Birmingham City Women F.C. is an English women's football club affiliated with Birmingham City F.C.. As founding members of the FA Women's Super League in 2011, the team plays in the highest division of women's football in England. The team plays their home games at Damson Park, the home of Solihull Moors F.C..

In May 2019, plans were unveiled to build a dedicated training facility at Sylvan Lake Park, the first-ever training facility in the NWSL that is tailored to and used exclusively by a women’s team. The Pride plan to finish out the 2019 season at their current facility located at Seminole Soccer Complex before moving to the new state-of-the art training ground prior to the start of the 2020 season. [8]

Team name, crest and colors

The name Orlando Pride was announced on October 20, 2015 by founder and president Phil Rawlins. He noted that the name "captures how we all feel about the City of Orlando, as well as firmly tying into the Lions family." [4] The team colors are purple and light blue. The logo features an illustration of the famous fountain at Lake Eola Park. [9] [10]

Uniform evolution

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Stadium

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The team currently plays at Exploria Stadium

The team plays its home games at Exploria Stadium, in Orlando, Florida, which opened for the 2017 NWSL season. The stadium has a 25,500 capacity including a safe standing section. Prior to this the team played the 2016 season at Camping World Stadium.

On April 23, 2016, the Pride set a new NWSL attendance record, achieving a crowd of 23,403 during the Pride's inaugural home game, a 3–1 victory over the Houston Dash at Camping World Stadium. [11] The record stood for over three years before Portland Thorns attracted a post-World Cup attendance of 25,218 in the newly-expanded Providence Park in August 2019. [12]

Current roster

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Orlando Pride in May 2018
As of August 29, 2019. [13]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.PositionPlayerNation
2 Forward Sydney Leroux (supplemental)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
3 Defender Toni Pressley Flag of the United States.svg  United States
4 Defender Shelina Zadorsky Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
5 Midfielder Emily van Egmond Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
7 Forward Claire Emslie Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
8 Forward Danica Evans Flag of the United States.svg  United States
9 Forward Camila Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
10 Forward Marta Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
11 Defender Ali Krieger Flag of the United States.svg  United States
12 Midfielder Kristen Edmonds Flag of the United States.svg  United States
13 Forward Alex Morgan Flag of the United States.svg  United States
14 Defender Alanna Kennedy Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
15 Forward Rachel Hill Flag of the United States.svg  United States
16 Defender Carson Pickett Flag of the United States.svg  United States
17 Midfielder Dani Weatherholt Flag of the United States.svg  United States
18 Goalkeeper Lainey Burdett (supplemental)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
19 Defender Erin Greening Flag of the United States.svg  United States
20 Midfielder Abby Elinsky Flag of the United States.svg  United States
21 Defender Julie King Flag of the United States.svg  United States
22 Midfielder Bridget Callahan Flag of the United States.svg  United States
23 Midfielder Marisa Viggiano Flag of the United States.svg  United States
24 Goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (captain)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
25 Midfielder Joanna Boyles (supplemental)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
26 Forward Caitlin Farrell (supplemental)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
27 Defender Morgan Reid Flag of the United States.svg  United States
28 Goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer Flag of the United States.svg  United States
29 Defender Alika Keene (National Team Replacement)Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
32 Defender Hana Kerner (National Team Replacement)Flag of the United States.svg  United States

Staff

As of February 27, 2019 [14] [15]
Executive
Majority owner and chairman Flag of Brazil.svg Flávio Augusto da Silva
Minor owner/life president Flag of England.svg Phil Rawlins
Owner Flag of England.svg John Bonner
Chief executive officer Flag of Brazil.svg Alex Leitão
General manager Flag of Guam.svg Erik Ustruck
Coaching staff
Head coach Flag of England.svg Marc Skinner
Assistant coach Flag of England.svg Carl Green
Goalkeeping coach Flag of England.svg Lloyd Yaxley

Records

Year-by-year

SeasonNWSL regular seasonPosition NWSL
Playoffs
Top scorerAvg. Attendance
PWLDGFGAPtsPlayerGoals
2016 2061312030199thDNQ Flag of the United States.svg Kristen Edmonds 68,785
2017 2411674531403rd SF Flag of Brazil.svg Marta 136,186
2018 2481063036307thDNQ Flag of the United States.svg Sydney Leroux 64,837

Head coaches

As of October 5, 2019
All-time Orlando Pride coaching stats
NameNationalityFromToPWDLGFGAWin% [nb 1]
Tom Sermanni Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland October 20, 2015September 14, 20186925143096102036.23
Marc Skinner Flag of England.svg  England January 14, 2019present2343162251017.39
Total92291746118153031.52

Broadcasting

Current

As of the 2019 season, all of the NWSL’s regular season matches will be streamed on Yahoo! Sports for the domestic audience while international fans will still be able to watch games for free via the NWSL app and at NWSLsoccer.com. [16] On July 4, 2019, NWSL announced it had signed a deal through the second half of the 2019 season with ESPN to televise 11 regular season matches including two Pride games (July 14 and September 11) as well as every playoff game. [17]

Historic

In 2016, games were broadcast locally on the Bright House Sports Network. [18] In April of the same year, a livestream of a Pride match simulcast on the Facebook page of Alex Morgan had a live audience of 489,999 during the first half. [19] It was the first professional sports broadcast on the social networking website. [20]

For the 2017 season, Orlando Pride games were streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers. [21] As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons. [22] [23] The Pride were featured in the nationally-televised Game of the Week on seven occasions. [24] The deal was mutually terminated a year early at the end of the 2018 season. [25]

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