Orlando Pride Sign UCF Grad Bridget Callahan as National Team Replacement Player

 Photo: UCF Knights

Photo: UCF Knights

Orlando Pride have signed former University of Central Florida midfielder Bridget Callahan as a National Team Replacement player ahead of Saturday’s 2018 National Women’s Soccer League season opener.

Callahan, 21, joined the Pride as a non-roster invitee for the Club’s third preseason. The former UCF Knight finished her four years at the Orlando-based university in 2017, leading the team to a 13-2-3 overall record during her senior campaign. The Knights went undefeated in conference play, going 7-0-2 against conference opponents. Callahan and UCF reached the American Conference final, falling to the University of South Florida in penalty kicks. The team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, bowing out to Washington State in the opening round.

Over four years, the Hollywood, Fla. native totaled nine goals and two assists in 75 matches played.

National Team Replacement players can be signed when a National Team Player is away on international duty and count against the team’s 20-player roster limit. Currently, Orlando’s Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond are on duty with Australia as they begin preparations for FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying. More information on National Team Player Replacements can be found here

The Pride open the 2018 NWSL season on Saturday night, hosting Utah Royals FC at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are available at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

Bridget Callahan
Height: 5-5
Born: April 16, 1996
Hometown: Hollywood, Fla.
College: University of Central Florida
Citizenship: USA
Acquired: Signed as a National Team Player Replacement on March 23, 2018

Orlando Pride Unveils Official 2018 Roster


Entering the first week of the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League regular season, Orlando Pride has announced its roster for Opening Day. The Pride open their third campaign on Saturday evening, hosting expansion side Utah Royals FC at Orlando City Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET.

Midfielder Camila Martins Pereira has been placed on the 45-day disabled list to begin the season. The Brazilian international is currently recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament tear (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) sprain in her right knee sustained on Sept. 30, 2017.

Australia's Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond will report to Orlando following the conclusion of Australia’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying, which runs April 6-20 in Jordan.

2018 Orlando Pride Roster:
Rostered Players (21 of 20 spots filled):
GOALKEEPERS (2): Ashlyn Harris (FED-USA), Haley Kopmeyer
DEFENDERS (6):Poliana Barbosa Medeiros (INTL-BRA), Monica Hickmann Alves (INTL-BRA), Ali Krieger, Carson Pickett, Toni Pressley, Shelina Zadorsky (FED-CAN)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kristen Edmonds, Alanna Kennedy (INTL-AUS/PEN), Camila Martins Pereira (INTL-BRA/D45), Christine Nairn, Emily van Egmond (INTL-AUS/PEN), Dani Weatherholt
FORWARDS (6): Danica Evans, Rachel Hill, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan (FED-USA), Chioma Ubogagu, Marta Vieira da Silva (INTL-BRA)

Federations Players (FED): 3
International Players (INTL): 6

FED - 2018 Federation Player
INTL - International Player
D45 - 45-Day Disabled List
PEN - Pending Arrival


Orlando Pride End Preseason Matches With 5-1 Win Over USF


Orlando Pride wrapped up its preseason play on Thursday night, downing the University of South Florida 5-1 at Corbett Stadium. Three Bulls have joined the Orlando squad preseason roster. The Pride’s next match will kickoff the 2018 National Women’s Soccer League season, when the Pride host Utah Royals FC at 7:30 p.m. on March 24.

The Pride had five different scorers in the match.

“I’m really, really delighted with the result. I thought we showed a lot of cohesion, a lot of good movement, a lot of good passing, created a lot of chances and we looked really comfortable today,” Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. “So, I think it was a good step forward from the last game.”

Sydney Leroux made it four goals in three matches just four minutes into the match, sending in a tight angle shot from the left side. Christine Nairn got the play started, chipping a ball up to Carson Pickett on her way to the left byline, setting up a cross to Leroux.

Orlando doubled its lead in the 19th minute after Kristen Edmonds, playing in her first match this preseason, fed Danica Evans on the doorstep. Dani Weatherholt made it a three-goal lead just before the halftime whistle, cleaning up the rebound on a late corner.

Nairn picked up an assist in the 58th minute, dropping a ball in for Chioma Ubogagu for her first goal of the preseason.

The Bulls got on the board in the 72nd minute, but the celebration didn’t last long as Nairn responded from the ensuing kickoff, scoring on a long distance blast directly off of the restart.

Individual and season tickets are currently on sale at orlando-pride.com/tickets or by calling (855) ORL-CITY.

Match Report
Match: University of South Florida vs. Orlando Pride
Date: March 8, 2018
Venue: Corbett Stadium
Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET
Attendance: 1,000
Weather: Low 50s, Breezy

Team               1          2          F

USF                0          1          1

Orlando          3          2          5

ORL – Sydney Leroux (Carson Pickett) 4’
ORL - Danica Evans (Kristen Edmonds) 19’
ORL - Dani Weatherholt 45+1’
ORL - Chioma Ubogagu (Christine Nairn) 58’
USF - Kelli Burney 72’
ORL - Christine Nairn 73’

Orlando Lineup: GK Haley Kopmeyer; D Kristen Edmonds (Trudi Carter* 32’), Ali Krieger, Toni Pressley, Carson Pickett; M Dani Weatherholt (Ansley Frazier* 82’), Christine Nairn (Julia Moore* 82’), Bridget Callahan (Ellie Moreno* 82’); F Chioma Ubogagu (Christine Creighton*), Danica Evans (Kayla Adamek*), Sydney Leroux (Morgan Ferrera*)

Substitutes Not Used: None

*Non-Roster Invitee

Orlando Pride Re-Signs Australian International Alanna Kennedy


Orlando Pride signs Australian international Alanna Kennedy to a new contract. Per team and league policies, terms of the contract were not announced.

“After playing such an important role in our success last year, we’re absolutely delighted to bring Alanna back for the upcoming season,” Orlando Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. “Alanna is the type of player who can change a game and whose versatility will, again, be extremely valuable for our squad. We wish her the best of luck in her upcoming matches with Australia and can’t wait to have her back with us in Orlando.”

Kennedy, 23, appeared in all 25 matches in her first season with the Pride, becoming a staple in the midfield and leading the team to the NWSL Playoffs in 2017. Selected to the NWSL Team of the Month in September and an NWSL Goal of the Week winner, Kennedy contributed to the offense significantly, scoring five goals, including Orlando’s lone goal in the NWSL semifinal.

Prior to becoming a member of the Pride, Kennedy spent her first NWSL season with the former Western New York Flash, appearing in 15 matches and leading the team to the 2016 NWSL Championship title.

In addition to her two seasons in the United States, Kennedy has spent a significant amount of time playing in her home country of Australia for several teams in the W-League. Her accomplishments include being named Sydney FC Player of the Year in 2016, appearing in the Premiership and Grand Final as a member of the Perth Glory in 2014 and winning the W-League Championship in 2013 with Sydney FC. Most recently, Kennedy helped lead Melbourne City FC to the 2017-18 W-League Championship, the team’s third straight title win.

As a member of the Australia national team, Kennedy played in both the 2016 Summer Olympics and 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, reaching the quarterfinals in both tournaments. Kennedy earned her first national team call-up for the Matildas under Sermanni in 2012. Since then, Kennedy has remained a regular member of the team and is currently competing with the team in the 2018 Algarve Cup in Portugal. In the 2017 Tournament of Nations, which Australia won, Kennedy helped the Matildas beat No. 1 U.S.A. and then-ranked No. 6 Japan and No. 8 Brazil.

Kennedy, as well as teammate Emily van Egmond, will join the Pride following the conclusion of Australia’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifying, which runs April 6-20 in Jordan.

Orlando Pride Update Their Preseason Roster


Entering the third week of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) preseason, Orlando Pride has announced its current preseason roster. Departed from Week 1 camp are Marta and Monica, who are currently with Brazil for a national team camp. In addition, Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni has brought in seven new trialists, all who have recently participated in the team’s first two preseason matches.

Marta and Monica, as well as Poliana, Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, Shelina Zadorsky and Nádia Gomes will return to the Pride next week following international duty.

The Pride will play their final preseason friendly on Thursday, March 8, traveling to face the University of South Florida at 7 p.m. ET.

GOALKEEPERS (3): Ashlyn Harris (FED-USA; NYR), Kat Elliott (NRI), Haley Kopmeyer
DEFENDERS (7): Monica Hickmann Alves, Poliana Barbosa Medeiros (NYR), Ali Krieger, Camila Martin Pereira, Carson Pickett, Toni Pressley, Shelina Zadorsky (FED-CAN; NYR)
MIDFIELDERS (9): Kayla Adamek (NRI), Bridget Callahan (NRI), Christine Creighton (NRI), Kristen Edmonds, Alanna Kennedy (NYR), Julia Moore (NRI), Christine Nairn, Emily van Egmond (NYR), Dani Weatherholt
FORWARDS (10): Trudi Carter (NRI), Danica Evans, Morgan Ferrara (NRI), Nádia Gomes (CDP), Jessica Hamrick (NRI), Rachel Hill, Sydney Leroux, Alex Morgan (FED-USA, NYR), Chioma Ubogagu, Marta Vieira da Silva

FED - 2018 Federation Player
CDP - 2018 NWSL College Draft pick
NRI - Non-Roster Invitee
NYR - Not Yet Reported to Camp