|Full name||Orlando Pride|
|Founded||October 20, 2015|
|Stadium|| Orlando City Stadium |
|Owner||Flávio Augusto da Silva (majority)|
Phil Rawlins (minority)
|Head Coach||Marc Skinner|
|League||National Women's Soccer League|
The Orlando Pride is a professional women's soccer team based in Orlando, Florida. The team joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S., for the 2016 season.The tenth team to be added to the league, they are affiliated with the men's team Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer. They play their home games at Orlando City Stadium.
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.
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) is a professional women's soccer league, run by 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 two expansion teams in Houston and Orlando and the loss of Boston Breakers, it now has nine teams throughout the United States.
The 2016 National Women's Soccer League season is 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 is 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.
The Pride hold the record for hosting the largest attendance in NWSL history, with 23,403 on hand to witness the Pride's inaugural home game, a 3–1 victory over the Houston Dash on April 23, 2016.
The Houston Dash is a professional women's soccer team based in Houston, Texas. They joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) in the 2014 season.
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.On October 20, 2015, a press conference was held at Lake Eola Park where Phil Rawlins unveiled the team name, logo, and colors. Former head coach of the Australia and U.S. national teams Tom Sermanni was announced as head coach.
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 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 Orlando City Stadium in downtown Orlando.
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; they acquired 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 from FC Kansas City and Kansas City's second-round College Draft pick in exchange for the Pride's 2017 second-round College Draft pick.They finished the season in 9th.
Alexandra Patricia Morgan Carrasco is an American soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA Women's World Cup champion. She is a forward for Orlando Pride in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) and the United States national team. Since 2018, she co-captains her national team alongside Carli Lloyd and Megan Rapinoe.
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.
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 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.
Following a disappointing 2018 season where the Pride finished in 7th place, head coach Tom Sermanni and the Orlando Pride mutually parted ways after three seasons. Sermanni had a record of 24-29-14 during his spell in Orlando.
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.
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.
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."The team colors are purple and light blue. The logo features an illustration of the famous fountain at Lake Eola Park.
The team plays its home games in Orlando City 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 (formerly Orlando Stadium, Tangerine Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl and Orlando Citrus Bowl) which has a seating capacity of 60,219. In April 2016, Orlando Pride set a new NWSL attendance record of 23,403.
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
|5||Midfielder||Emily van Egmond|
|24||Goalkeeper||Ashlyn Harris (captain)|
|Majority owner and chairman|
|Minor owner/life president|
|Chief executive officer|
|Season||NWSL regular season||Position|| NWSL|
|2016||20||6||13||1||20||30||19||9th||Did not qualify||8,785|
|2018||24||8||10||6||30||36||30||7th||Did not qualify||4,837|
As of January 14, 2019. NWSL Regular season & playoff matches are counted.
|Tom Sermanni||October 20, 2015||September 14, 2018||69||25||30||14||36.23|
|Marc Skinner||January 14, 2019||present||0||0||0||0||—|
As of September 8, 2018
|No.||Name||Active years||Appearances||NWSL goals|
Bold signifies current Orlando Pride player.
Only goals in competitive matches are counted.
As of 2017, Orlando Pride games are streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers.As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons. The Pride will be featured in the nationally-televised Game of the Week on April 15, April 22, June 24, July 22, August 12, September 2, and September 9, 2017.
In 2016, games were broadcast locally on the Bright House Sports Network.In April of the same year, a livestream of a Pride match simulcast on the Facebook page of Alex Morgan had a live broadcast audience of 489,999 during the first half. It was the first professional sports broadcast on the social networking website.
Women's soccer in the United States has developed quite differently from men's soccer. Until the 1970s, organized women's soccer matches in the United States existed only on a limited basis. The United States is now regarded as one of the top countries in the world for women's soccer, and FIFA ranked its national team No. 1 in the world after its championship victory in the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.
The Washington Spirit is an American professional soccer club based in Germantown, Maryland that participates in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). It is a continuation of the D.C. United Women of the W-League and continues to field both an amateur WPSL team and a youth team, both under the Spirit name. The Spirit is coached by Richie Burke.
FC Kansas City was an American professional women's soccer club based in Kansas City, Missouri. The team was one of the eight founding clubs of the National Women's Soccer League in 2012, and began play in 2013. They were two-time NWSL champions, having won titles in 2014 and 2015. After the 2017 season, the NWSL re-acquired owner Elam Baer's membership interest and subsequently ceased the team's operations.
The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) Player Allocation distributed the national team players that would be paid for by the United States Soccer Federation (USSF), the Canadian Soccer Association (CSA), and the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to the eight founding teams of the NWSL. The initial allocation list was announced on January 9, 2013, with the results for the 55 national team players announced two days later. From tweets concerning the first trade in the league between Seattle and Chicago, the allocations looked to be effective for at least the first two NWSL seasons, though this was later shown to be not true as Keelin Winters, who was involved in said trade, was signed as a free agent in the 2013-14 offseason. The 2014 Allocation was reduced to 50 players, Mexico dropping eight slots and the United States adding three. Since 2016, Mexico has not allocated players to the NWSL.
Reign FC is an American professional women's soccer team based in Tacoma, Washington. Founded in 2012 as Seattle Reign FC, it was one of eight inaugural members of the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). Laura Harvey was the team's first head coach and led the team to two consecutive NWSL Shield wins in 2014 and 2015. Vlatko Andonovski, who won two consecutive NWSL Championships with FC Kansas City over the Reign, is the current head coach.
Orlando City Stadium is a soccer-specific stadium in downtown Orlando, Florida. It is the home of Orlando City SC, which entered Major League Soccer (MLS) as an expansion franchise in 2015, and their National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) sister club, the Orlando Pride. The stadium was completed in time for Orlando City's home opener of the 2017 season on March 5 and it became the first ever venue to permanently host MLS, NWSL, and USL teams all in the same location that year.
The expansion of the National Women's Soccer League began with the league's sophomore season in 2014, when the league expanded to a ninth team in Houston, and is an ongoing process that currently has seen two expansions and one relocation. The National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) was established as the top level of professional women's soccer in the United States in 2013 in the wake of the Women's United Soccer Association and Women's Professional Soccer. The league has seen two teams fold and one relocate. The 2016 champions Western New York Flash sold their NWSL franchise rights to North Carolina FC the following offseason, with the new owners relocating the NWSL side as the North Carolina Courage. During the next offseason, two-time champions FC Kansas City were sold back to the league and folded, followed immediately by the sale of a franchise slot to Real Salt Lake, and the Boston Breakers folded.
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Danielle Marie Weatherholt is an American soccer player who currently plays as a midfielder for NWSL side Orlando Pride. She played at Santa Clara University before being drafted by the Orlando Pride as their final pick in the 2016 NWSL College Draft.
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Utah Royals FC is an American women's professional soccer club based in the Salt Lake City suburb of Sandy, Utah, that plays in the National Women's Soccer League, the top flight of American women's soccer. The club was established on December 1, 2017, and began their first professional season in 2018.
The 2019 National Women's Soccer League season is the seventh 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 is the thirteenth overall season of FIFA and USSF-sanctioned top division women's soccer in the United States.
The 2019 season is Orlando Pride's fourth 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. Following the departure of Tom Sermanni at the end of the 2018 season, Marc Skinner was announced as his replacement in January.