Orlando Pride

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 became 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 Pride
Orlando Pride logo.svg
FoundedOctober 20, 2015; 6 years ago (2015-10-20)
StadiumExploria Stadium
Orlando, Florida
Capacity25,500
Majority ownersZygi, Leonard and Mark Wilf
General managerIan Fleming
Head coachAmanda Cromwell
LeagueNational Women's Soccer League
20218th of 10
WebsiteClub website
Current season
A NWSL record crowd of 23,403 at the Florida Citrus Bowl on April 23, 2016, of the franchise's first Home Game

HistoryEdit

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]

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.

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 FC 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.

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]

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.

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]

On May 12, 2021, Orlando City majority owner Flavio Augusto da Silva announced he was in advanced negotiations with Zygi and Mark Wilf, owners of the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL, for the sale of the club including the Orlando Pride and other related soccer assets. The combined value of the deal was estimated at $400–450 million.[9]

Team name, crest and colorsEdit

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.[10][11]

Uniform evolutionEdit

Home

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017–2018
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2019–2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
2021–

Away

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2017
 
 
 
 
 
 
2018–2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2020–2021
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2022–

StadiumEdit

 
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.[12] 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.[13]

PlayersEdit

 
Orlando Pride in May 2018

RosterEdit

As of May 7, 2022[14]

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

No. Pos. Player Nation
1 GK Erin McLeod   Canada
2 FW Sydney Leroux   United States
3 DF Toni Pressley   United States
4 DF Amy Turner   England
5 DF Megan Montefusco   United States
6 MF Angharad James   Wales
8 MF Gunnhildur Jónsdóttir   Iceland
10 FW Marta (captain[15])   Brazil
11 FW Darian Jenkins   United States
12 DF Carrie Lawrence   United States
13 DF Celia   Spain
14 MF Viviana Villacorta   United States
15 MF Erika Tymrak   United States
16 MF Mikayla Cluff   United States
17 DF Courtney Petersen   United States
18 GK Kaylie Collins   United States
19 FW Abi Kim   United States
20 FW Julie Doyle   United States
21 GK Anna Moorhouse   England
22 MF Parker Roberts   United States
23 DF Kylie Strom   United States
25 DF Kerry Abello   United States
26 DF Caitlin Cosme   United States
27 MF Chelsee Washington   United States
28 MF Meggie Dougherty Howard   United States
34 MF Jordyn Listro   Canada
35 FW Leah Pruitt   United States

StaffEdit

As of January 31, 2022[16][17]
Executive
Chair   Mark Wilf
Vice-chair   Zygi Wilf
Vice-chair   Leonard Wilf
General manager   Ian Fleming
Coaching staff
Head coach   Amanda Cromwell
Assistant coach   Sam Greene
Coach   Michelle Akers
Coach   Seb Hines
Goalkeeper coach   Aline Villares Reis

RecordsEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

Seasonal statistics for the Orlando Pride
Season NWSL regular season Position Playoffs Challenge
Cup
Top scorer[A] Avg. Attendance
P W D L GF GA Pts Player Goals
2016 20 6 1 13 20 30 19 9th DNQ NH   Kristen Edmonds 6 8,785
2017 24 11 7 6 45 31 40 3rd SF   Marta 13 6,186
2018 24 8 6 10 30 36 30 7th DNQ   Sydney Leroux 6 4,837
2019 24 4 4 16 24 53 16 9th DNQ   Marta 6 5,565
2020 NWSL season not contested DNP   Marisa Viggiano 2[B] N/A
2021 24 7 7 10 27 32 28 8th DNQ Group stage   Sydney Leroux 9
  1. ^
    Goals scored in all competitions
  2. ^
    Goals scored in Fall Series

Head coachesEdit

As of May 18, 2022
  • Only competitive matches are counted. Includes NWSL regular season, playoff and Challenge Cup matches.
All-time Orlando Pride coaching stats
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA Win%[nb 1]
Tom Sermanni   Scotland October 20, 2015 September 14, 2018 69 25 14 30 96 102 036.23
Marc Skinner   England January 14, 2019 July 23, 2021 43 9 12 22 46 77 020.93
Carl Green (interim)   England July 23, 2021 July 24, 2021 1 0 0 1 0 2 000.00
Becky Burleigh (interim)   United States July 25, 2021 October 30, 2021 12 3 3 6 13 17 025.00
Amanda Cromwell   United States December 7, 2021 present 10 2 3 5 9 17 020.00
Total 135 39 32 64 164 215 028.89

BroadcastingEdit

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]

In 2019, NWSL regular season matches were streamed on Yahoo! Sports for the domestic audience while international fans continued to have access to games for free via the NWSL app and at NWSLsoccer.com.[26] However, on July 4, 2019, NWSL announced it had signed a deal through the second half of the 2019 season with ESPN on the back of the USWNT's World Cup victory. The new deal meant ESPN would televise 11 regular season matches including two Pride games (July 14 and September 11) as well as every playoff game.[27] The sudden switch and lack of information surrounding the international broadcasts led to widespread confusion as ESPN's subscription service ESPN Player took control in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia while Canada's rights were acquired by TSN.[28]

For the 2020 season, the NWSL announced a three-year broadcast deal with CBS Sports and streaming service Twitch. In total, 87 NWSL matches will be shown across the main CBS network, CBS Sports Network, and CBS All Access live-streaming service with 14 of those games televised while Twitch will offer free coverage of 24 selected matches during the 2020 NWSL regular season. Twitch will also serve as the NWSL's exclusive international media rights partner outside the United States in 2020 with all 108 regular-season matches, the playoffs, and Championship available to global viewers.[29][30]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  14. ^ "Orlando Pride". Retrieved March 19, 2022.
  15. ^ "2022 Orlando Pride Captain Announcement". www.orlandocitysc.com.
  16. ^ "Orlando Pride Staff". Orlando Pride.
  17. ^ "Board of Directors". Orlando City SC.
  18. ^ "Bright House will broadcast four upcoming Orlando Pride soccer matches". Orlando Weekly. June 23, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  19. ^ "Alex Morgan Broadcast Her Team's Last Game Via Facebook Live". Sport Techie. April 26, 2016. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  20. ^ Kantrowitz, Alex (April 27, 2016). "Facebook Quietly Live-Streamed Its First Professional Sports Broadcast Over The Weekend". Buzzfeed. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
  21. ^ "NWSL, go90 announce exclusive streaming partnership". Black and Red United (SBNation). Vox Media. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  22. ^ "Lifetime To Air National Women's Soccer League Games As A+E Networks Kicks in For Equity Stake". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
  23. ^ "A+E Networks, National Women's Soccer League Ink Major Deal". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
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  30. ^ "NWSL agrees three-year broadcast deal with CBS Sports and Twitch". SportBusiness. March 11, 2020.

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