Orlando Pride wraps up three-game road trip to Portland Thorns FC
ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2022) – Orlando Pride (2-4-2, 8 points) is scheduled to face Portland Thorns FC (3-1-4, 13 points) on Sunday, June 19 at 3 p.m. ET at Providence Park. The match is set to stream on Paramount+ in the United States and internationally on Twitch.
“It’s something to build on since Sunday against Chicago. I think we’ve built a foundation,” assistant coach Seb Hines said. “We looked harder to beat, which was our goal at the start of the game, not leaving too many spaces between the lines. Definitely something to build on because we finished the second half well. We created more chances to score. If he fell in another way or had a little more desire to get into the box, those opportunities turn into goal-scoring opportunities. This is ultimately what we are looking for to go to Portland.
Sunday’s game will mark the first of two 2022 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) regular season games between the two teams. This will also serve as Pride’s third and final road game in June.
In Game 1 against the Thorns in the 2021 NWSL regular season, Pride came away with a 2-1 win at Exploria Stadium thanks to goals from Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux on May 26. The two teams met again on July 18 in Providence. Park where the Thorns won a 2-1 victory. In the third and final match of the season, the two teams returned to Exploria Stadium and drew 1-1.
Pride enters the weekend after losing a 1-0 result at SeatGeek Stadium to the Chicago Red Stars. The match saw assistant coach Seb Hines make his professional debut, as Pride’s interim head coach. Midfielder Thais Reiss also made her professional debut as an 82nd-minute substitute after signing with the club last week.
The Thorns are coming off a convincing 4-0 road win over the Houston Dash this weekend. Forward Sophia Smith scored twice for the Thorns and midfielder Olivia Moultrie scored her first career regular season goal, becoming the youngest player in NWSL history to score at 16.
Portland is currently riding a four-game unbeaten streak since May 28. During the streak, the Thorns scored at least two goals in every game and recorded clean sheets in two of four.
After Sunday’s contest, Pride and the rest of the NWSL will take a week off. The team returns to action July 3, taking on Racing Louisville at Daytona International Speedway as part of DAYTONA SoccerFest. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8 p.m. ET and is expected to be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network, with tickets available at daytonasoccerfest.com.