Looking to snap a two-game losing streak, the Orlando Pride will host expansion side Racing Louisville on Friday at Exploria Stadium at 7 p.m.
The match will stream exclusively on Twitch.
For head coach Marc Skinner, the task at hand on Friday will fall on putting on an above par performance to contain a Louisville side that’s looking to also get back to winning ways.
“We want to continue that kind of vein of form, we want to continue in being aggressive at home, we want to continue trying to take the game to the opponent. Louisville, although being a new team, literally have strengthened and don’t lose anybody from their team really, they’ve got that consistent message,” Skinner said ahead of the match.
“They are going to come here with just that freedom to play,” he added. “It’s always going to be a difficult task, and we are not taking anything easily. We’re preparing as we always would, and preparing to perform really well and see where we’re at for the game from there.”
Both team previously played back on April 10, a 2-2 draw in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup.
The Pride (4-2-3, 15 points) will look to break their two-game losing streak after starting the season on a seven-match unbeaten run that sent them atop the league standings for the first time in team history.
The Pride will be shorthanded going into Friday’s match at Exploria Stadium.
Jade Moore (left knee) and Marisa Viggiano (right foot) continue to be out with their respective injuries.
Meanwhile, Alex Morgan (USA), Marta (Brazil) and goalkeeper Erin McCleod (Canada) are with their respective national teams ahead of this summer’s Tokyo Olympics.
Ali Krieger (right ankle) is questionable heading into the match along with centerback Phoebe McClernon (right foot).
Pride adds offensive boost
The Pride announced the signing of Jodie Taylor on Thursday for the rest of the 2021 season.
The 35-year-old English forward joins Orlando from Olympique Lyonnais in France. Orlando acquired the rights to Taylor in February in a trade that saw the Pride send Carson Pickett to the North Carolina Courage.
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