For Orlando Pride head coach Marc Skinner, there’s still a lot of work to do heading into next week’s season opener at home against the Portland Thorns.
On Sunday, however, the Pride played to a 5-0 victory over Liga PR Femenina club Puerto Rico Sol FC in their final preseason friendly in front of an announced crowd of 2,137 at Orlando City Stadium.
“We’ve got lots and lots to do if I want the team to achieve what I want them to achieve, but that’s my job,” said Skinner. “I’m here to find out what the problems are. We found problems today and we found solutions second half. If they do that and continue to do that, you’ll see tremendous growth within the group.”
The Pride played mostly without their international players, who have missed a good chunk of the preseason due to national team duty. But according to a team spokeswoman, the Pride’s international players which include: Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger, Shelina Zadorsky, Marta, Alanna Kennedy, and Emily van Egmond should be back either Tuesday or Wednesday ahead of Sunday’s opener against the Thorns.
On Sunday though, Brazilian Camila recorded a brace while Carson Pickett and Bridget Callahan also got on the scoresheet.
Rachel Hill, who played the full 90 minutes, recorded a goal and an assist, which led to some praise from Skinner following the match.
“Look at Rachel Hill. From last year, she was stuck out on the wing and she was told to do this and told to do that,” said Skinner. “She’s one of the most brightest young players I’ve seen. She’s so intelligent. She’s physically very, very good — she’s agile.”
Goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer caused a bit of a scare in the 11th minute when she went down without making any contact, but Skinner insisted she’s fine.
The 2019 NWSL season kicks off on Sunday, April 14 for the Pride when they host the Portland Thorns at Orlando City Stadium at 5 p.m. ET.
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