ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2022) - Orlando Pride (5-6-7, 21 points) is set to travel to Lynn Family Stadium to face Racing Louisville FC (2-8-8, 14 points) on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET with the match available to stream on Paramount+ in the U.S. and internationally on Twitch.
“[We’re expecting] a reaction from our last game. We weren’t ourselves and the players understood that and they’re all very excited to play against Louisville. It’s a great opportunity for us to bounce back and get three points,” Interim Head Coach Seb Hines said ahead of the match. “Every game is a must win right now. It’s one game at a time. We look at Louisville and know that we must get three points and then we look at the other results and see how that pans out.”
The last time the two teams squared off, it was part of the inaugural DAYTONA SoccerFest at iconic Daytona International Speedway. The Pride mounted a second-half comeback to earn a point and play Racing to a 2-2 draw. The Pride were backed by goals from Kylie Strom, which served as her first-career NWSL goal, and Darian Jenkins, who also notched an assist on the Strom finish. The game also served as the first NWSL match to be played on an American racetrack.
The Pride are coming off back-to-back home losses, most recently dropping a 2-0 decision to the Portland Thorns. Goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse made her first regular season start for Orlando and kept the Pride in the game throughout, making a few big stops and finishing with six saves.
Last Friday’s match also saw a couple milestones hit for Pride players. Defender Courtney Petersen made her 50th appearance across all competitions which have all come while donning the Pride kit. Midfielder Meggie Dougherty Howard made her 100th regular season appearance in the NWSL.
Racing Louisville were eliminated from playoff contention following their 5-1 defeat to the North Carolina Courage on Saturday, Sept. 10. Nadia Nadim scored the lone goal for Louisville as the Courage attack proved to be too much for Racing. The Club has not won a game in their last 13 matches, dating back to a May 22 win at NJ/NY Gotham FC.
Following Friday’s match, the Pride will return to Exploria Stadium and welcome the North Carolina Courage on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET. That match will be “Woof Wednesday”, with fans able to bring their pups to the stadium for the game. More information can be found at Orlando-Pride.com or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.