Pride Covid Statement

Orlando Pride Statement in Response to COVID-19

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 12, 2020) - Orlando City SC and the Orlando Pride are committed to ensuring the safety of players, staff and fans, and fully support the precautionary measures put in place by the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in lieu of the recent COVID-19 outbreak.

At the current moment, all regular season NWSL matches are still as scheduled, with the Pride slated to open the 2020 regular season on Sunday, April 19 against Sky Blue FC at Exploria Stadium. 

In addition, access to all of the Club’s facilities - including Exploria Stadium, the Orlando City SC Training Ground and the Orlando Pride Training Ground - will be limited to only essential employees until further notice.

The safety of fans, players and staff is of the utmost importance to the Club and remains the top priority at this time. During this public health crisis, the Club will remain in contact with all necessary officials for guidance and updates. 

Previously, Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão issued the following statement regarding COVID-19: 

“Our top priority as a Club is the health and safety of everyone from our players, employees and fans. We are clearly dealing with an unprecedented health crisis and remain committed to keeping everyone within our Club and community safe,” Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão said. “We will continue to work with local, state and national health officials along with the CDC in monitoring the situation.”

During this time, the Club remains committed to assisting the local community and its members that are currently suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak as well as educating the community on proper safety protocols.  

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UPDATE: March 19, 2020 - In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance to postpone events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks, Major League Soccer has extended the postponement of its matches during this period of time. MLS remains focused on playing the entire 2020 season and is evaluating all options, including pushing back the end of the season and playing MLS Cup in December, as the league did prior to the 2019 season. The league is also identifying other available dates. Throughout this process, MLS will continue to prioritize the safety of our fans, players, employees and partners and to coordinate with federal and local public health authorities as well as other sporting organizations..