Orlando Pride: Amanda Cromwell, assistant Sam Greene fired following NWSL investigation


After four months of investigating, Amanda Cromwell’s time as head coach of the Orlando Pride is officially over.

The former UCLA coach, who was placed on administrative leave on June 7, had her contract terminated, the league announced Monday, following the end of an NWSL/NWSLPA joint investigation into alleged retaliation and misconduct.

Assistant Sam Greene’s contract was also terminated by the league, while goalkeeper coach Aline Reis is placed on unpaid administrative leave.

“Cromwell’s and Greene’s employment contracts are terminated effective immediately. Cromwell and Greene are ineligible to work in the NWSL in any capacity unless or until approved by the Commissioner,” the results read. “In order to be eligible for future employment in the NWSL, Cromwell and Greene must participate in mandatory training regarding retaliation, discrimination, harassment and bullying, and must participate in mandatory executive coaching, as determined by the Commissioner and at the League’s expense.”

The statement also read: “Cromwell and Greene may apply to the Commissioner for consideration only after they have successfully completed the mandatory training and coaching, acknowledged wrongdoing, and demonstrated a sincere commitment to modifying their behavior.”

U.S. Soccer legend Michelle Akers, who was also part of Cromwell’s coaching staff, was not named in the investigation.

According to the statement published by the league on Monday, Reis may not return to work until she has completed the mandatory training, acknowledged wrongdoing, and demonstrated a sincere commitment to modifying her behavior.

The complete results of the investigation can be read by clicking here.

Orlando Pride owner Mark Wilf published a statement responding to the results, saying: “We recognize that hiring the club’s next head coach is a critical step forward, and we will immediately begin a process to identify a leader that will embody the values of our organization, bring a competitive roster to the field and, most importantly, protect and advocate for our players.”

Shortly after the results of the investigation were released, Cromwell responded with a statement of her own, adding she’ll review all legal options.

The NWSL Player’s Association published a statement on social media commending the Orlando Pride players who came forward to raise concerns.



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