Orlando Pride (9-10-1, 28 points) at Racing Louisville (5-6-9, 24 points)
When: Friday, October 6, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lynn Family Stadium, Louisville, KY
TV: FOX35 Plus (Locally), Paramount+ (Nationally, subscription required)
As the Pride play their final road game of the regular season, here are five things to watch for on Friday:
Coming in Hot
Brazilian international Adriana tallied her sixth goal of the year while snapping Angel City FC’s 11-match winning streak. The win marks the Pride’s ninth win of the season, the most wins they’ve had in the regular season since 2017. The Wizard’s game-winner serves as her third goal in just as many matches while also tying her with fellow Pride player Messiah Bright as the lead-goal scorer for the Pride in the 2023 season. Adriana has had a hand in each of the last five goals scored for the Pride, dating back to the team’s Aug. 20 win over Chicago, where she contributed to two goals in the 5-0 win. The Brazilian has also totaled three game-winners on the year, the most of any Pride player.
Monday’s match served as a milestone for goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse who picked up her sixth clean sheet of season, breaking the Club’s record for most clean sheets in a single season. Moorhouse has totaled 67 saves, ranking fourth in the league, and sitting just four saves away from tying former goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris for the most by a Pride player in a single season. So far, she has amassed 1443 minutes on the pitch and has earned the start in 17 matches with the Pride. On Thursday, the Club announced that Moorhouse was signed to a new contract, inking the England international to a new deal through the 2025 season.
In It to Win It
The Pride are in the home stretch of the competition with only two games left in the season. This weekend’s match is a crucial one for the Pride as they are still fighting for a spot in the 2023 NWSL Playoffs for the second time in the Club’s history. The last time the Pride clinched a playoff berth was in 2017 when they finished the competition in third place after suffering a 4-1 loss in the semifinals against the Portland Thorns.
Back in May
The Pride will meet with Racing Louisville for the second time in the regular season serving as the Pride’s final road game of the season. Their last encounter saw the Pride earn a 1-0 victory at Exploria Stadium backed by a goal forward Messiah Bright. The win served as the Club’s second win of the season and jumpstarted a home winning streak of three matches. Last year, the two sides made history, playing in the first-ever professional match at historic Daytona International Speedway as part of the Daytona SoccerFest.
Mikayla Cluff’s next appearance will mark her 50th appearance across all competitions with the Pride since joining the Club in 2022. The midfielder has recorded four goals for the Pride with her most recent goal contribution occurring during Pride’s victory against the Chicago Red Stars while also picking up her first helper of her career on Rafaelle’s finisher. Defender Celia’s next match will mark her 50th NWSL regular season game, totaling 25 with the Pride since joining via trade from OL Reign last season.
- Marta’s next goal will mark her 30th with the Club.
- Celia is one appearance away from 50 across all NWSL regular seasons.
- Erika Tymrak is one goal away from 20 across her NWSL career.