WOSO Wednesday: 4 Things Orlando Pride Must Do to Beat Sky Blue FC

The last time these two sides met at Yurcak Field, the Orlando Pride dominated the possession 66% to 44%. Unfortunately for the visiting side, two transition goals by Sky Blue FC were enough to defeat the Orlando Pride 2-1. Now back for round two, here is what the Orlando Pride must do to beat Sky Blue FC. GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS:

1. STOP SAM KERR

The Australian international has been lights out over the last two months, and currently sits tied for the golden boot award with Marta. While Kerr is on the stat sheet for 4 goals and 3 assists, she has also drawn multiple penalties that teammate Sarah Killion has hammered home from the spot. What’s the lesson here? Keep the ball away from Sam Kerr.

2. MARK RAQUEL RODRIGUEZ TOUCH TIGHT IN THE BOX

The Costa Rican international has scored three goals for Sky Blue this year, and they have all come inside the box. Rodriguez has a nose for the goal, continuously finding herself in the right place at the right time. Give her an inch in the box at your own peril.

3. KEEP THE BALL MOVING

The Orlando Pride thrive when they keep the ball moving with short passes in the midfield, and a few long strikes to change the point of attack. The Pride made a lot of unforced errors and turned the ball over quite a bit in their loss against Houston this past Sunday. Keep it moving!

4. NO MENTAL ERRORS ON DEFENSE

The Orlando Pride are good for at least 2-3 mental lapses per game on the defensive side of the ball. In the NWSL, teams only need a good look or two to make you pay (see the Pride’s last result against Sky Blue). Keep you head in the game and the ball far away from the back of the Bledsoe’s net.

QueensCast Top Ten: Must See Places in Orlando

Thinking about taking a road trip to Orlando? While it's known for its abundance of theme parks, there's so much more to do than just meeting Mickey. Check out our must do list of things to see and do when visiting The City Beautiful. Let's score!

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour - Located on Lake Osceola in the quiet suburb less than 10 minutes from downtown Orlando, the boat tour offers hour-long, guided cruises through three of the seven lakes and two, narrow manmade cannals on the tranquil Winter Park chain.

Lake Eola Park - Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando. The sidewalk that circles the lake is .9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running distances. Other activities available to park visitors include renting swan-shaped paddle boats, feeding the live swans and other birds inhabiting the park, seeing a concert or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater, grabbing a bite to eat at Relax Grill on Lake Eola or relaxing amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando’s skyline.

Park Avenue in Winter Park - Cozy dining options, one of a kind shops, and a canopy of trees can all be found in one place.  If you're around on Saturday's, be sure to check out the Farmer's Market!

Harry P. Leu Gardens -  Explore an amazing 50-acre botanical oasis minutes from Downtown Orlando. Each garden is designed specifically to further our mission: inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. The Leu House Museum located in the heart of the gardens reveals turn-of-the century living for the families who once called this home. The gardens and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.

Orlando Science Center - With four floors of exciting exhibits, amazing giant screen movies and engaging live programming, the Science Center is the perfect family destination. We’re also the ideal rainy day activity – fun for your entire family and completely indoors!

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts - It brings the best international, national and local artists to our stages including Broadway, ballet, rock, orchestra, comedy, jazz, outdoor concerts, festivals, family shows and arts education programs. A place to see amazing performances and was named by Travel + Leisure magazine as "World’s Coolest New Tourist Attractions 2015" and Southern Living “50 Best Places in the South Now”. The two-block downtown destination includes the 2,700-seat Walt Disney Theater, 300-seat Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater, and more.

Wekiva Springs State Park - Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fished and hunted these lands. Just one hour from most central Florida attractions, Wekiwa Springs offers visitors the opportunity to relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic, or take a swim in the cool spring.

I-Drive 360 - Located in the heart of the International Drive Resort Area, the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye’s 400 foot iconic observation wheel is the centerpiece of this metro-chic themed complex featuring a dynamic blend of attractions, restaurants, clubs and shops. 

The Citrus Tower - One of Florida’s first “attractions,” the Citrus Tower was built in 1956 on one of the highest hills in Florida’s ridge section. The original plans specified a tower 75 feet high, but when completed, the Citrus Tower rose to a lofty height of 226 feet

Orlando Pride - With three major professional teams, Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) has established itself as one of the preeminent Clubs in professional soccer. The Orlando Pride, OCSC’s National Women’s Soccer League franchise, began play in 2016 – bringing professional women’s soccer to Orlando for the first time. The team is led by renowned Head Coach Tom Sermanni, former manager for the Australian and U.S. women’s national teams. Tickets for a match can be purchased at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

Say Goodbye to the Old Rules of Soccer Mom Cars

It’s time to throw away all those old, preconceived notions of a mom car. That’s right; we’re talking those dingy, old minivans. It’s time to pump it up to another level: soccer mom style. On the way to every soccer game, you may be asking yourself: “how can I trick out my old car?” Look no further, the experts of Orlando women’s soccer are here to provide you with a “how-to” in putting the “soccer” back in soccer mom car.

Step One

Now, this one may seem obvious to most, but here at QueensCast, we like to be thorough. The most vital step to having the coolest car at the soccer field is having a car. Now, we don’t judge. It could be any car that you want. The only requirement is that it holds a cooler, a couple of soccer balls, and your loved ones decked out in their Orlando Pride colors. We beg you not to forget the purple face paint.

Step Two

Once you have your car, you want to first focus on the inside. Simply because it’s not always about what’s on the outside… It’s important to be just as a great on the inside. So, if you haven’t gotten your Orlando Pride seat covers out yet, it’s about that time. A rule of thumb for all soccer fans out there: the brighter and louder your decorations, the better. So, use glitter if you dare. If not, we understand. We all don’t want to be covered in glitter for weeks and months on end, so bedazzling will work just as well.

Step Three

Now, it’s time for the grand finale: the outside. It’s not enough to just have the purple seats or the purple face paint. If you want anyone to take you seriously as an Orlando Pride fan, or as a soccer fan in general, it’s all about theatrics. We understand the hassle behind customized car horns and fireworks that come out of the trunk of your car. We also realize that those aren’t always the most legal either. So, put those fireworks away and bring out the flags and window markers instead. You can trick out your ride with any chant from Orlando Pride’s support groups or even a simple “GO PRIDE!” written on every window would suffice. Waving flags of purple down the streets is the perfect way to have everyone saying “go, soccer mom, go.”

Overall, creating the perfect soccer mom car is less about the details and all about the pride, the Orlando Pride that is. From the flags blowing, to the glitter-covered seats, to the war paint on your child’s face, whether you drive that old minivan or not, if you have the personality and the voice to echo the chants, the experts at Orlando women’s soccer will be more than proud.

 

Orlando falls 2-0 in Second Match of Home-and-Home Series with Houston Dash

Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com

Photo credit: Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com

Orlando Pride dropped the final leg of a back-to-back series with the Houston Dash, falling 2-0 on Saturday afternoon at Orlando City Stadium.

“I thought we were, up until the first water break, I thought we were quite comfortable. I thought we were playing okay and generally in control of the game. I felt that if we would have scored at the stage we would have probably gone on and won the game,” Head Coach Tom Sermanni said.  “But frankly, after that, I thought we were very poor. I thought the energy was poor, I thought the effort was poor, and I thought the execution was poor. We really never got any stage of the game after that, to put Houston in any kind of pressure. So, I think given how we having been paying of late, I think it was a disappointing performance.”

After a record-setting 4-2 win in Texas against the Dash last weekend, the Pride came out of the gates holding possession and the majority of chances over the first half hour. Battling in 90-degree temperatures, the two teams took a hydration break near the 30-minute mark and the Dash took over the momentum from that point forward.

Houston jumped out to a one-goal advantage just seconds before the first half whistle after Carli Lloyd scored her first goal of the season, a distance shot that beat the best efforts of Aubrey Bledsoe.

The visitors built on their lead in the 62nd minute on a transition started by goalkeeper Jane Campbell’s clearance to Lloyd. The midfielder collected the ball in the middle, found Poliana on the right flank before crossing in to Rachel Daly who one-timed the ball past Bledsoe.

The Pride had its best chances to get on the board in the first half, with Steph Catley sending a long ball ahead to Jasmyne Spencer near the top of the 18-yard box. The ball missed the forward but fell to teammate Rachel Hill, who took an open shot but it went right to the gut of Campbell.

Minutes later, Catley again looked to set up a Pride goal, lofting a left-footed cross to Marta but her header was pushed off the bar by Campbell. Spencer crashed for the rebound but the rookie netminder recovered in time to collect the loose ball.

Catley came up with a Save of the Week contender in the 43rd minute, using her left foot to clear Poliana’s shot off the line and keep the game scoreless.
The match made National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) history as Pride became the first NWSL team to wear rainbow numbers on the back of their match jerseys. The game-worn kits will later be auctioned off by the Orlando City Foundation with proceeds going to charity. Both teams also wore black armbands during the match to honor former U.S. Women’s National Team Head Coach Tony DiCicco who passed away earlier this week.

The Pride see a quick turnaround before their next match, traveling to New Jersey for the second time this season to face Sky Blue FC on Wednesday evening. Orlando then returns home for its third game in a week, hosting Christen Press and the Chicago Red Stars at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday evening. The match will kickoff at 5 p.m. ET and will be the first of two doubleheaders for the Pride and the Club’s United Soccer League side, Orlando City B, which hosts FC Cincinnati at 8:30 p.m. the same night.

Tickets for the match can be purchased at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

NWSL Match Report
Match: Orlando Pride vs. Houston Dash
Date: June 24, 2017
Venue: Orlando City Stadium
Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET
Attendance: 5,497
Weather: Hot, 95 degrees

Scoring Summary

Goals                           1          2          F

Orlando (3-4-3)          0          0          0

Houston (3-7-0)          1          1          2

HOU - Carli Lloyd (Poliana) 45+4’
HOU - Rachel Daly (Poliana) 62’

Lineups:
Orlando Pride: Aubrey Bledsoe; Kristen Edmonds, Ali Krieger ©, Toni Pressley, Steph Catley; Monica (Maddy Evans 63’), Alanna Kennedy, Jasmyne Spencer (Danica Evans 77’), Marta, Camila; Rachel Hill (Jamia Fields 71’)

Substitutes Not Used: Caroline Stanley; Laura Alleway; Dani Weatherholt; Chioma Ubogagu

Houston Dash: Jane Campbell; Poliana, Amber Brooks, Janine Van Wyk, Cami Levin; Andressinha (Denise O’Sullivan 82’), Morgan Brian, Janine Beckie; Rachel Daly (Cami Privett 90+1’), Carli Lloyd, Kealia Ohai (Nichelle Prince 74’)

Substitutes Not Used: Lydia Williams; Cari Roccaro; Caity Heap; Sarah Hagen

Stats Summary: ORL / HOU
Possession: 51.9% / 48.1%
Shots: 14 / 10
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 1 / 3
Corner Kicks: 5 / 7
Fouls: 12 / 13
Offside: 0 / 5

Misconduct Summary:
HOU - Janine van Wyk (Yellow Card) 43’

Officials:
Referee: Marco Vega
Assistant Referee 1: Adrienne McDonald
Assistant Referee 2: Gjovalin Bori
Fourth Official: Sammie Gillispie

Orlando Pride Return Home to Face Houston Dash on Saturday

Orlando Pride returns to Orlando City Stadium on Saturday, looking to repeat a red-hot showing against the Houston Dash last weekend. The Pride and Dash will play the second leg of a home-and-home series on June 24 at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s match will be featured as the NWSL’s Lifetime Game of the Week, with Jenn Hildreth, Kate Markgraf and Dalen Cuff on the call. Fans can also watch online at NWSLSoccer.com. Tickets for Saturday’s game can be purchased at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

To celebrate Pride Month, Orlando will wear Nike “Equality” t-shirts during warm-up and will become the first NWSL team to feature rainbow numbers on their match kits. Following the conclusion of the match, the limited-edition jerseys will be raffled off by the Orlando City Foundation with proceeds going to charity.

“The concern with Houston every time we’ve played is that, on paper, they have such a good team. Particularly from midfield forward, they have so many weapons of players that have skill, pace and ability to score goals,” Head Coach Tom Sermanni said.  “We really need to get our tactics right and make sure we’re focused 100 percent on this game. I hate to say this, but maybe it was a good thing we coughed up two late goals in that game [last week] because now we certainly know we can’t be going into this game with any complacency.”

Last weekend, the Pride traveled to BBVA Compass Stadium for its first meeting with the Dash this season. Orlando jumped ahead from the opening whistle, backed by a stunning 40-yard blast from Camila in the 16th minute that would go on to win NWSL Goal of the Week. Marta added another goal in the 22nd minute on the counterattack - started by Aubrey Bledsoe’s Save of the Week effort on Carli Lloyd - to give the Pride a 2-0 advantage heading into halftime.

The team in purple held a 4-0 lead by the 68th minute after Marta completed the brace and Alanna Kennedy headed home the Brazilian’s corner kick cross in the second half. Houston made a late push, finding two goals in the final five minutes, but the deficit was too large to overcome.

With four goals, the Pride set a Club record for goals in a match while Marta’s two goals and two assist earned her second place in NWSL Player of the Week voting. Marta was also efficient with the ball, compiling a 91.7 percent passing efficiency rating. She leads the NWSL with 28 chances created and is tied for the league lead with five goals on the year.

The two sides have met each other five times throughout the Pride’s short history, with Orlando owning the all-time series 4-1-0, including an undefeated record at home.

Following Saturday’s match, the Pride hit the road for a midweek game at Sky Blue FC on Wednesday. Orlando then hosts the Chicago Red Stars at 5 p.m. ET on July 1 in the first of two doubleheaders with the Club’s United Soccer League side, Orlando City B.