Preview: Orlando Pride on the road to take on Portland Thorns

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Tonight, the Orlando Pride will look to snap a three-game winless skid, but in order to accomplish that, they’ll have to do it in one of the most hostile places in the NWSL.

Sunday’s match between the Pride and the Portland Thorns is slated to kickoff at 10:30 p.m. at Providence Park and will stream live on Twitch.

“[Portland has] phenomenal threats. They have so much quality and they play slightly different when they’re in front of their home fans. We’re going to have to be very disciplined when we’re away from the ball and then, when we get it, we have to express ourselves like they do,” said Orlando coach Marc Skinner.

Orlando (4-2-4, 16 points) enters Sunday’s road match following a 1-1 draw against Racing Louisville at Exploria Stadium — a game which saw Sydney Leroux score late in stoppage-time to salvage a point for the Pride.

The Pride last played the Thorns on May 26, where Orlando claimed a 2-1 victory at home, part of their seven-match unbeaten run to start the season.

“We feel really good; it’s been a while since we went to Portland. It’s a beautiful place to be, it’s a real footballing challenge because they have a great fan base over there as we do here,” added Skinner. “We’re really looking forward to going over there, because we’re a different team than when we first approached that [May 26] game. I think there’s an excitement, there’s a verve, there’s an energy. We want to go out there and show who we are now.”

Injury Report

Carrie Lawrence (right ankle) and Jade Moore (left knee) continue to be out for Orlando heading into Sunday’s match at Portland. Meanwhile, centerback Phoebe McClernon (right foot) and Marisa Viggiano (right foot) are questionable for the Pride.

Alex Morgan (USA), Erin McLeod (Canada), Marta (Brazil) and Ali Riley (New Zealand) are out with their respective national teams ahead of Wednesday’s kickoff of the summer Olympics in Tokyo.


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