In the past month ACFC have made two big name acquisitions, both having previous ties to Orlando, in Sydney Leroux and Claire Emslie. Leroux had been with the Pride since 2018 and appeared in 63 games and scored 18 goals across all competitions. Since joining Angel City, Leroux has appeared in three games and started in two of them. Angel City was also able to finalize their signing of Emslie who was their second pick in the 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft. Emslie previously played for the Pride in 2019 and scored in her first match with ACFC against the San Diego Wave.
In the month of July, Angel City played every match in front of their home fans and earned a record of 1-1-1. In the Club’s most recent match against OL Reign, Angel City scored two goals in the first half, but allowed three second-half goals to the visitors to drop a 3-2 decision. Prior to that match, Angel City earned their lone victory of the month over their West coast foe San Diego Wave in a 2-1 decision thanks to an 81st-minute winner from Claire Emslie.
Current midfielder Savannah McCaskill has found the back of the net in each of her last two appearances for the Club. The first came in a 1-1 draw against the Portland Thorns after she stepped up to take a penalty kick. Her initial shot was saved, but McCaskill was able to pounce on the rebound and tap it across the line in the second minute of the match. She also scored in Angel City’s most recent game against OL Reign with a successful penalty kick in the 18th minute to double the lead. She leads the team with four goals on the season to go along with an assist in 11 appearances, all of which were starts during the regular season.
Sunday will see 2022 expansion side Angel City FC visit Exploria Stadium for the first time in their Club History. The two sides met for their inaugural match early on in the regular season. The Pride earned a 1-0 victory over Angel City thanks to a third-minute goal from Sydney Leroux, which served as the third-fastest goal in Orlando Pride history. Goalkeeper Erin McLeod picked up her 10th NWSL shutout in the match making three saves, including a 90th-minute goal line stop to preserve the Pride’s first victory of the season in front of 17,510 fans at Banc of California Stadium.
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Angel City currently have six players who had previously donned the Orlando Pride kit. Forwards Sydney Leroux, Jasmyne Spencer and Claire Emslie, midfielder Dani Weatherholt, defender Ali Riley and goalkeeper Brittany (née Wilson) Isenhour are all set to make their return to Exploria Stadium and play in front of the Pride fans.