Orlando Pride (1-4-0, 3 points) vs. Racing Louisville (0-1-4, 4 points)
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Where: Exploria Stadium, Orlando
TV: Paramount+ (subscription required)
Tickets: View seats
With the Orlando Pride back at home this weekend, here are five storylines to watch during Saturday's match against Racing Louisville.
With the 3-1 victory in the Pride’s last match, the Club became the first team to defeat the San Diego Wave at Snapdragon Stadium. The loss snapped the home side’s six-game unbeaten streak at Snapdragon Stadium since they opened it in September of last year.
The Pride also became the first visiting team to score three goals at the new home of the Wave. The victory also kept the Pride undefeated all-time against the 2022 expansion side, after earning a road win in 2022 before drawing in the return fixture at Exploria Stadium.
Pride forward Adriana got off the mark in the match against the Wave recording her first goal and assist in the NWSL and as a member of the Pride. The Brazilian international became the first Pride player to score a goal and earn an assist in the same match since Darian Jenkins did it last season on July 3 against Racing Louisville as part of Daytona Soccer Fest at Daytona International Speedway.
Adriana was a highlight signing for the Pride in the offseason and has started in five games across all competitions so far this season.
Making the Podium
The Pride were also backed by goals from Mikayla Cluff and Haley McCutcheon en route to their 3-1 victory. Both goals served as the players’ first of the 2023 campaign. Cluff got off the mark first with a 26th-minute header off of a corner kick, scoring her first goal since May 27 of last year.
McCutcheon also found the back of the net with her head, with the goal serving as her first while donning the Pride kit. It is the University of Nebraska product’s second career goal, with her first coming in the 2018 season while she was with the Houston Dash.
Nothing Without a Pit Crew
Along with Adriana’s assist, Viviana Villacorta and Erika Tymrak also assisted on the Pride goals against San Diego.
For Villacorta, the helper counted as her first goal contribution while with the Pride since being drafted by the Club in the 2022 NWSL Draft. Tymrak recorded her first assist of the year and her 19th assist in her NWSL career, five of which have now come with the Pride.
It is the first time the Pride has tallied an assist on all three of their goals since June 23, 2021, when they earned a 3-1 victory over the Kansas City Current at Legend Field. That same match was also the last time the Pride scored three goals while away from home.
All Gas, No Breaks
Pride rookie Emily Madril started her fifth NWSL regular season game against the Wave and went the full 90 minutes. She joins Kylie Strom as the only two Pride players to play every minute of the regular season so far.
Madril is also the only 2023 NWSL Draft pick to play every minute of every regular season game across the entire NWSL. Madril was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick by the Pride in the offseason out of Florida State University.
- Erika Tymrak is three appearances away from 175 across all NWSL competitions, and three from 50 with the Pride.
- Haley McCutcheon is eight appearances away from 100 in the regular season across her NWSL career.
- Marta is 12 appearances from across 100 in her NWSL career, all with the Pride.
- Megan Montefusco is 10 appearances away from 175 across all NWSL competitions