ORLANDO, Fla. (June 30, 2019) - Orlando Pride (1-8-2, 5 points) fell 3-2 to the Chicago Red Stars on Sunday night at Exploria Stadium. Chioma Ubogagu and Marta scored the two goals for the Pride on the evening, but a Sam Kerr hat trick sent Chicago home with three points.
Orlando Pride Head Coach Marc Skinner:
“We can’t give away the goals that we’ve given away and win a game. We have again a third game consecutively scored two goals and still lost the game, it’s not acceptable. Results wise its not acceptable...But again I just thought that we’ve huffed and puffed, had more possession control at times, but we can’t give away the goals that we’ve given away. And I think that that’s something I’m learning here that, probably in most leagues is, the art of defending is starting to die and you need to be more intelligent in how you defend things.”
7’ Sam Kerr - CHI 1, ORL 0
Forward Sam Kerr put the Red Stars on the board first, picking off a back pass from Morgan Reid to Haley Kopmeyer.
22’ Chioma Ubogagu - ORL 1, CHI 1
The Pride got on the board thanks to a defensive error by the Red Stars. After Chicago goalkeeper Emily Boyd took a heavy touch off a back pass, Ubogagu ran onto it and won the ball before passing it into an empty net to level the two sides.
45+2’ Sam Kerr (Yuki Nagasato) - CHI 2, ORL 1
The visitors regained the lead after a header from Nagasato sent Kerr in behind the Pride defense, who chested it down before sending the ball into the back of the net.
55’ Sam Kerr (Michele Vasconcelos) - CHI 3, ORL 1
The Red Stars doubled their lead after Michele Vasconcelos found Kerr near the middle of the pitch. Kerr took her space before ripping a shot off just outside the penalty area that beat Haley Kopmeyer into the left side of the net.
79’ Marta (PK) - CHI 3, ORL 2
After Camila was taken down in the box, Marta stepped up to the spot and buried into the right side of the net to cut the Red Stars’ lead in half.
- Chioma Ubogagu registered her second goal of the season on the evening.
Marta’s goal in the 79th minute served as her first of the 2019 season. The penalty kick goal was the second score from the spot in as many games, after Chioma Ubogagu scored a PK in Orlando’s last match at Sky Blue.
- The Pride were forced to make an early substitution after Bridget Callahan exited the game due to injury in the 16th minute.
- Sunday’s match saw the return of Brazilian internationals Marta and Camila to the Pride following their run at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Marta appeared in the starting XI while Camila entered the match as a substitute in the 16th minute.
- Defender Toni Pressley wore the captain’s armband for the Pride for the first time since joining the Club in 2016.
Next Match: The Pride return to Exploria Stadium on Saturday, July 6 when they host the Washington Spirit. Kickoff for that match is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.
CHI - Sam Kerr 7’
ORL - Chioma Ubogagu 22’
CHI - Sam Kerr (Yuki Nagasato) 45+2’
CHI - Sam Kerr (Michele Vasconcelos) 55’
ORL - Marta (PK) 79’
CHI - Danielle Colaprico (Yellow Card) 61’
ORL - Camila (Yellow Card) 87’
Orlando Pride - GK Haley Kopmeyer; D Erin Greening, Morgan Reid (Abby Elinsky 62’), Toni Pressley ©, Carson Pickett; Marisa Viggiano, Bridget Callahan (Camila 16’), Joanna Boyles; Marta, Rachel Hill (Danica Evans 81’), Chioma Ubogagu
Substitutes Not Used: GK Lainey Burdett; D Alika Keene, Hana Kerner; F Caitlin Farrell
Chicago Red Stars - GK Emily Boyd; D Arin Wright, Sarah Gorden, Katie Naughton (Brooke Elby 46’), Casey Short; M Danielle Colaprico, Nikki Stanton, Vanessa DiBernardo ©; F Yuki Nagasato (Katie Johnson 90’), Michele Vasconcelos (Savannah McCaskill 70’), Sam Kerr
Substitutes Not Used: GK Megan Hinz; D Kayla Sharples, Zoey Goralski; M Maria Sanchez
Details of the Game
Time: 5 p.m. ET
Date: June 30, 2019
Stats Summary: ORL / CHI
Possession: 46.6% / 53.4%
Shots: 6 / 20
Shots on Goal: 4 / 12
Saves: 8 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 6 / 15
Offside: 1 / 2
REF: Jasmine Peralta
AR1: Trent VanHaitsma
AR2: Tiffini Turpin
4TH: Gabriele Giusti