Preview | Orlando Pride ends two-game home game against Kansas City
ORLANDO, Florida (May 28, 2021) – The Orlando Pride (2-0-1, 7 points) trying to get their fourth straight result to kick off the regular season which will host on Sunday May 30th in Kansas City (0-1-2, 2 points) at Exploria Stadium.
The game is streamed on Paramount +, international viewers can tune in on Twitch. Tickets for Sunday’s game are available at Orlando-Pride.com or by calling (855) ORL-CITY. The game will serve as Pride’s Mission Planet Earth Match, and fans’ first chance to purchase the Mission Planet Earth Patch, coinciding with the club’s recently announced sustainability efforts.
“There’s a lot of energy, a lot of commitment, and the group was wonderful. We have to take this energy with us into the next games. It’s going to be a difficult game. [Kansas City] They want to be in possession of the ball, they want to take advantage of you, they want to open up the width of the field, ”said Head Coach Marc Skinner. “They have some very good players and some great midfield players so I think they are going to be expansive and want to dominate the ball to work on their identity, but it just depends on how they come out. It’s going to be an interesting mix, but we have to try to take control as much as possible and dictate the game to them as much as possible. “
The game will be the first game between the Pride and Kansas City in the NWSL game and serve as the second game for Orlando against an expanding team this season in all competitions after the Challenge Cup game opened at Racing Louisville on May 10.
Pride came into play after a 2-1 win over Portland Thorns FC on Wednesday night at Exploria Stadium, with Alex Morgan scoring in the 22nd minute after a ball from Taylor Kornieck. Simone Charley would fill in for the guests shortly before half-time, but Sydney Leroux countered in the second half with a strong individual performance to the later game winner in the 46th minute.
Morgan leads the NWSL with three early-season finishes in as many games, marking their best start to a campaign in Orlando, while Leroux follows with two. Kornieck is level on assists with Chicago Red Stars striker Mallory Pugh and Portland Thorns striker Morgan Weaver, all with two in 2021.
Kansas City is coming to Orlando to recover from a 2-0 loss to the Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday. The guests from Chicago scored both goals in the second half, first with Kealia Watt in the 67th minute, before Makenzy Doniak doubled their lead three minutes later.
Taylor Leach and Amy Rodriguez have both found the goal for Kansas City this season.
Following Sunday’s competition, Pride will hit the streets again on Sunday, June 6 at 2 p.m. ET to face the Washington Spirit at Audi Field. start.