Orlando Pride

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Orlando Pride
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Full name Orlando Pride
Founded October 20, 2015; 2 years ago (2015-10-20)
Stadium Orlando City Stadium
Orlando, Florida
Stadium
capacity
25,500
Owner Flávio Augusto da Silva (majority)
Phil Rawlins (minority)
Head Coach Tom Sermanni
League National Women's Soccer League
Website Club website
Current season

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.[1][2] The tenth team to be added to the league, they are affiliated with the men's team Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer.[3] They play their home games at Orlando City Stadium. The Pride hold the record for hosting the largest attendance in National Women's Soccer League 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.[4]

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.[5] On October 20, 2015, a press conference was held at Lake Eola Park where Phil Rawlins unveiled the team name, logo, and colors.[6] Former head coach of the Australia and U.S. national teams Tom Sermanni was announced as head coach.[7]

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 #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 FCKC's second-round College Draft pick in exchange for the Pride's 2017 second-round College Draft pick.[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."[6] The team colors are purple and light blue. The logo features an illustration of the famous fountain at Lake Eola Park.[9][10]

Stadium

The team currently plays at Orlando City Stadium

The team plays its home games in Orlando City Stadium, in Orlando, Florida, which opened for the 2017 NWSL season. Previously the team played at Camping World Stadium, where they had played their home matches from 2016 season. The stadium has a 25,500 seating capacity.

Camping World Stadium (formerly Orlando Stadium, Tangerine Bowl, Florida Citrus Bowl and Orlando Citrus Bowl) is an outdoor-sports stadium in Downtown Orlando. The stadium has a seating capacity of 60,219. The playing surface is large enough for use in international soccer matches, and was a venue for the 1994 FIFA World Cup. In 1996, Olympic soccer matches in both the men's and women's competitions were held at the stadium.[11]

Broadcasting

As of 2017, Orlando Pride games are streamed exclusively by Go90 for American audiences and via the NWSL website for international viewers.[12] As part of a three-year agreement with A&E Networks, Lifetime broadcasts one NWSL Game of the Week on Saturday afternoons.[13][14] The Pride will be featured in the nationally-televised Game of the Week on April 15,[15] April 22,[16] June 24, July 22, August 12, September 2, and September 9, 2017.[17]

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 broadcast audience of 489,999 during the first half.[19] It was the first professional sports broadcast on the social networking website.[20]

Year-by-year

Year League Regular Season Playoffs Avg. Attendance
2016 NWSL 9th Place Did not qualify 8,785
2017 NWSL 3rd Place Semifinals 6,186

Team Roster

As of June 21, 2017[21]
No. Position Player Nation
3 Defender Pressley, ToniToni Pressley  United States
4 Midfielder Fields, JamiaJamia Fields  United States
5 Midfielder O'Brien, JordanJordan O'Brien  United States
6 Forward Ubogagu, ChiomaChioma Ubogagu  United States
7 Defender Catley, StephSteph Catley  Australia
8 Forward Evans, DanicaDanica Evans  United States
9 Midfielder , CamilaCamila  Brazil
10 Forward , MartaMarta  Brazil
11 Defender Krieger, AliAli Krieger  United States
12 Midfielder Edmonds, KristenKristen Edmonds  United States
13 Forward Morgan, AlexAlex Morgan  United States
14 Defender Kennedy, AlannaAlanna Kennedy  Australia
15 Forward Hill, RachelRachel Hill  United States
17 Midfielder Weatherholt, DaniDani Weatherholt  United States
19 Goalkeeper Bledsoe, AubreyAubrey Bledsoe  United States
20 Midfielder Driesse, NickoletteNickolette Driesse  United States
21 Defender , MônicaMônica  Brazil
23 Forward Spencer, JasmyneJasmyne Spencer  United States
24 Goalkeeper Harris, AshlynAshlyn Harris  United States
44 Midfielder Blankenship, JoJo Blankenship  United States

Staff

Executive
Owner and chairman Flávio Augusto da Silva
Chief executive officer Alex Leitão
Coaching staff
Head coach Tom Sermanni
Assistant coach Khano Smith
Goalkeeping coach Lloyd Yaxley

[22][23]

All-time Orlando Pride goalscorers

As of 05 December 2017:[24]

No. Name Active years Total caps League (NWSL) goals Friendly goals Total
1 United States Alex Morgan 2016–present 30 13 6 19
2 United States Kristen Edmonds 2016–present 48 8 6 14
3 Brazil Marta 2017–present 23 12 0 12
3 United States Jasmyne Spencer 2016–present 48 7 5 12
5 United States Chioma Ubogagu 2017–present 22 4 4 8
6 Australia Alanna Kennedy 2017-present 27 5 0 5
6 Brazil Camila 2017–present 27 4 1 5
8 United States Sarah Hagen 2016–2017 24 2 2 4
9 United States Rachel Hill 2017–present 15 3 0 3
9 United States Lianne Sanderson 2016 12 2 1 3
9 United States Christina Burkenroad 2016–2017 15 0 3 3
12 United States Toni Pressley 2016–present 39 1 1 2
12 United States Danica Evans 2017–present 15 1 1 2
12 Australia Steph Catley 2016–present 37 1 1 2
12 Brazil Mônica 2016–present 41 0 2 2
12 United States Carol Rodrigues* 2017 4 0 2 2
17 United States Dani Weatherholt 2016–present 38 1 0 1
17 United States Tabby Tindell* 2017 1 0 1 1
17 United States Allie Wisner* 2016 2 0 1 1

Note:

Bold signifies current Orlando Pride player.

* signifies that the player was on trial and never was officialy part of the club.

See also

References

  1. ^ Tenorio, Paul (20 October 2015). "Orlando City set to announce National Women's Soccer League franchise". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Murray, Caitlin (September 14, 2015). "MLS's Orlando City set to expand into NWSL for 2016". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  3. ^ Kassouf, Jeff (20 October 2015). "Orlando Pride named 10th NWSL team for 2016". The Equalizer. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "Orlando Pride rolls to 3–1 win before record crowd in home debut". OrlandoSentinel.com. Retrieved 2016-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Report: Orlando City SC to announce NWSL expansion". Sports Illustrated. September 14, 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Orlando Pride women's soccer team to join NWSL in 2016". Bay News 9. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  7. ^ Wahl, Grant (20 October 2015). "Former USWNT manager Sermanni to coach new Orlando team in NWSL". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Orlando Pride Acquires Alex Morgan, Kaylyn Kyle and Sarah Hagen". Orlando Pride. October 26, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  9. ^ Etzler, Allen (20 October 2015). "Orlando City Officially Awarded NWSL Expansion Team, Names Club Orlando Pride". The Mane Land. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  10. ^ Rothschild, Ty (October 20, 2015). "Behind The Scenes: Creating The Orlando Pride Logo". Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "World Cup Champion USWNT to face Brazil at Orlando Citrus Bowl on October 25". Orlando City SC. August 10, 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "NWSL, go90 announce exclusive streaming partnership". Black and Red United (SBNation). Vox Media. Retrieved April 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Lifetime To Air National Women's Soccer League Games As A+E Networks Kicks In For Equity Stake". Deadline.com. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  14. ^ "A+E Networks, National Women's Soccer League Ink Major Deal". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  15. ^ "S2017 E1 Portland Thorns FC vs. Orlando Pride". Lifetime. 15 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  16. ^ "S2017 E2 Orlando Pride vs. Washington Spirit". Lifetime. 22 April 2017. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  17. ^ Forrester, Nick (30 March 2017). "NWSL announces 2017 broadcast schedule on Lifetime". Excelle Sports. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  18. ^ "Bright House will broadcast four upcoming Orlando Pride soccer matches". Orlando Weekly. 23 June 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  19. ^ "Alex Morgan Broadcast Her Team's Last Game Via Facebook Live". Sport Techie. April 26, 2016. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  20. ^ Kantrowitz, Alex (27 April 2016). "Facebook Quietly Live-Streamed Its First Professional Sports Broadcast Over The Weekend". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 26 April 2017. 
  21. ^ "Orlando Pride Roster". Orlando City SC. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  22. ^ "Orlando Pride Staff". Orlando Pride. 20 October 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  23. ^ "Board of Directors". Orlando City SC. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 
  24. ^ https://www.nwslsoccer.com/stats

External links

  • Official website
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