Orlando City Stadium to Host U.S. Women’s National Team, SheBelieves Cup on March 7

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Four of the world’s top six teams will be on display in March as the 2018 SheBelieves Cup will make its final stop at Orlando City Stadium on March 7. Orlando City Stadium, home of National Women’s Soccer League’s (NWSL) Orlando Pride and Major League Soccer’s Orlando City SC, will host the final two matches in the annual four-team tournament.

Second-ranked Germany, third-ranked England and sixth-ranked France will once again join top-ranked USA in a tournament that features international women’s soccer powers and dozens of the world’s best players in the six-game competition. The USA won the inaugural edition in 2016, while France won the 2017 tournament.

As in the first two editions, the 2018 tournament will feature the four teams participating in three doubleheader events at three different venues over a seven-day period.

On March 7, France will face Germany (4 p.m. ET) followed by the tournament finale, USA vs. England (7 p.m. ET on ESPNews).

Before heading to Orlando, the 2018 SheBelieves Cup kicks off with England opening against France on Thursday, March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium (4 p.m. ET), followed by the USA against Germany (7 p.m. ET on ESPN2) in a battle of the defending World Cup and Olympic champions. Each team will then travel to New Jersey and Red Bull Arena where the USA will play the first match of the day on Sunday, March 4, taking on France (12 p.m. ET on ESPN2) followed by Germany vs. England (3 p.m. ET).

The winner of the tournament will be based on total points (three for a win, one for a tie), with the first tie-breaker being overall goal differential, followed by total goals scored, then head-to-head result and lastly, FIFA Ranking if necessary.

Tickets for all three doubleheaders go on sale to the public Thursday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m. ET through ussoccer.com and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. Orlando Pride and Orlando City season ticket members will also receive presale access.

The U.S. WNT previously played in Orlando on Oct. 25, 2015, hosting Brazil just five days after the Pride were announced as the second expansion team in the NWSL. Pride forward Alex Morgan scored the game’s opening goal and Marta assisted on Brazil’s lone goal as the U.S. went on to win 3-1 at the Citrus Bowl.

Orlando City Stadium hosted the U.S. Men’s National Team against Panama in World Cup Qualifying on Oct. 6, seeing a 4-0 win for the U.S. in front of a sold-out crowd.


Three Orlando Pride Players Earn 2017 CONCACAF Awards


Orlando Pride forwards Alex Morgan and Marta as well as defender Ali Krieger have been named to the 2017 Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Female Best XI, it was announced today.

Morgan, 28, was named the 2017 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year on Sunday night after leading the U.S. Women’s National Team with seven goals and scoring a total of 21 with her club teams (nine with Orlando Pride, 12 with Olympique Lyonnais). It was the third time Morgan was honored with the award, the most by any player, making her a back-to-back winner after taking home the accolade in 2016 as well.

Marta, 31, made an impact in her first season in Central Florida, leading the Pride with 13 goals and six assists. Marta played in 23 regular season matches, scoring four game-winning goals. The Brazilian legend was named to the NWSL Team of the Month each month from June to September and took home September Player of the Month honors. Marta was also named to the 2017 NWSL Best XI and won Week 16 Goal of the Week.

Internationally, Marta led the Brazil Women’s National Team to a 7-5-2 record during the 2017 calendar year, while scoring seven goals as the team’s captain. Before joining the Pride, Marta was a member of Swedish side FC Rosengård, leading the club to the quarterfinal round of the 2016-17 UEFA Women’s Champions League.

Krieger, 33, was the only Pride player to play all 2,160 minutes this season. While playing primarily as a center back, Krieger added two assist and was named to the 2017 NWSL Best XI as well as the NWSL Team of the Month for June and August. The Penn State product led the Pride in clearances (107), interceptions (47) and successful passes (1,099).

Krieger made two appearances for the U.S. WNT during 2017, starting on March 4 against England in the She Believes Cup and coming in as a substitute on April 6 against Russia.

Midfielder Camila’s 16th-minute goal against the Houston Dash on June 17 finished as runner up for the 2017 CONCACAF Goal of the Year.

Season tickets for the 2018 Orlando Pride season are currently available and can be purchased at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

CONCACAF Awards are selected on an equally-weighted vote among Member Association women’s and men’s national team coaches/captains, media members and fans. Winners were announced on Sunday night during the Premios Univision Deportes.

Alex Morgan Named 2017 CONCACAF Female Player of the Year


Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan has been honored as the 2017 Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Female Player of the Year, becoming the first player - male or female - to earn the honor three times. Morgan is a back-to-back winner, taking the honor in 2016, and won for the first time in 2013.

Morgan appeared in 13 matches for the Pride during the 2017 campaign, ranking second on the team with nine goals, fifth best in the league. Morgan scored in each of the Pride five matches in the month of August, leading to her being named NWSL Player of the Month. The Cal product also added four assists on the year and helped lead the Pride to the team’s first-ever playoff appearance.

On the international stage, Morgan finished the year with seven goals in seven straight matches for the U.S. Women’s National Team, ending the year with the team lead in goals.

Prior to joining the Pride in July, Morgan opened the year with French side Olympique Lyonnais where she helped the team claim the treble - winning the French league, the French Cup and the Champions League title. Over all appearances, Morgan totaled 12 goals.

Winners for the 2017 CONCACAF awards were selected in an in an equally-weighted vote among Member Association women’s and men’s national team coaches/captains, media members and fans. Winners were announced on Sunday night during the Premios Univision Deportes.

The winners in nine additional categories for the annual CONCACAF Awards, including the Male and Female Best XIs, will be announced on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, via CONCACAF.com.

Gearing Up For the Winter


Winter has been creeping up on Central Florida ever so slowly, although they’re met with little windows of heat during the day. With that being said, it’s essential to layer up on cold weather-training gear. QueensCast is here with a guide to help you defend your head, shoulders, knees, and toes from Jack Frost.

It’s important to find the proper cold weather gear and dress like an onion. Find clothing with ventilation that moves away moisture from sweaty skin. The air flow will help evaporate sweat quickly so you aren’t running around in a sweat-soaked top. Additionally, wear clothes in thin layers so throughout a game or training you can add or take off layers of clothing when needed, kind of like an onion.


Your noggin is one of those extremities that let 40 percent of your body heat escape. Find a reliable beanie, headband, or earmuffs to keep the cold from nipping at your ears during your training sessions. Ones that are made from acrylic help create a snug fit and keep the warmth in!


As noted earlier, you want to keep your core warm but don’t want to be running through the cold covered in sweat. Find compression fabric that will absorb moisture and enhance air circulation while keeping you warm. Brands like Under Armour’s ColdGear and Nike’s HyperWarm are your perfect match.


Additionally, Under Armour and Nike have training tights and compression pants featuring soft, thermal fabrics for a comfortable feel. You don’t have to shop these particular stores, however, because most athletic stores have their own brand as well! In addition to compression pants, have normal joggers, sweats, or a fleece blanket on hand to stay extra warm while you rest between sessions or games!


Those socks you got for Christmas might have a great purpose after all. Keep extra socks in your bag to replace wet socks. It will make a world of difference when you take a break, and you’ll be happy that you did.


To keep your hands protected, carry gloves at all times. Nothing is worse when you’re goalie and it feels like you just caught a brick with your frozen hands. Always keep your blood pumping even in the smallest of extremities. Another great idea is to buy hot packs to put in gloves or cleats

Preparing for the cold will not only help you stay comfortable while you play, but it will prevent you from catching an illness. Keep up with your health during the winter by drinking lots of fluids, getting rest, and eating healthy! Kudos to you if you’re having hot chocolate after all that training in the cold! For more tips, tricks, and all things soccer, check out the rest of the QueensCast blogs!