Pride begin preseason with new head coach, new general manager
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Pride opened preseason camp Monday morning with a breath of fresh air. After leading the Pride for the last fifteen matches of the 2022 season, Seb Hines begins his first full season as head coach of the Pride. He will look to jumpstart a team that only won five matches last season. Haley Carter has been hired as the new general manager and vice president of soccer operations. Training camp opened this morning.wftv.com
‘A titan of our game’: Central Florida soccer community reacts to the passing of Pelé
ORLANDO, Fla. — After hearing about the passing of Brazilan and international soccer icon, Pelé, the Central Florida soccer community shared their feelings on social media. Read: Soccer great Pelé dead at 82Orlando City and Orlando Pride paid their respects Thursday afternoon. A titan of our game forever. Rest in peace 👑 Pelé. 💔Thank you for spreading joy through the beautiful game ⚽️.wftv.com
Week 8: Football Friday Night on 9
ORLANDO, Fla. — As October rolls along the lights shine bright on Football Friday Nights as we head into week 8 of high school football. Check out all the highlights from week eight, including our McCoy Federal Credit Union game of the week featuring a district showdown between Lake Brantley and Apopka. Read: Cromwell, Greene’s Orlando Pride contracts terminated by NWSLRead: College Football returns to WFTV Channel 9You can watch WFTV Football Friday Night presented by McCoy Federal Credit Union every Friday night after WFTV Tonight at 11:30 p.m.Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live. ©2022 Cox Media Groupwftv.com
Cromwell, Greene’s Orlando Pride contracts terminated by NWSL
ORLANDO, Fla. -- The National Women’s Soccer League has terminated the contracts of both Orlando Pride head coach Amanda Cromwell and assistant coach Sam Greene. The NWSL released its findings of their investigation Monday, saying back in March, team counsel investigated those allegations, substantiated some of them and both Cromwell and Greene received written warnings. Two months later, the NWSL investigative team received word that both Cromwell and Greene engaged in retaliatory conduct toward Pride players that supported the investigation. Both Cromwell and Greene were placed on administrative leave in June and their contracts were terminated on Monday. As a step in that process, we will be implementing anti-retaliation training for all Pride staff members, on both the Soccer Operations side and in the front office.wftv.com
Orlando Pride secure another 3 points on the road
ORLANDO, Fla. — Saturday, the Orlando Pride extended their unbeaten streak to seven games and won their second consecutive game when they beat NY/NJ Gotham 2-1. The Pride traveled to Chester, Pennsylvania, for Saturday’s game, where Gotham takes up residence when their shared stadium with the New York Red Bulls is occupied by the MLS team. READ: Orlando City Lions escape Charlotte with a 2-1 winBoth of the Pride’s latest signings, Ally Watt and Haley Hanson, were on the bench for this weekend’s game. The Pride seemed to be in control for much of the first half, having plenty of opportunities to get the ball on frame but failing to score. In the 64th minute, Ally Watt made her Pride debut and it took her less than 10 minutes to have an impact.wftv.com
Orlando City and Orlando Pride bring home 6 points in a winning-weekend
ORLANDO, Fla. — It was nail-biting all around this weekend for fans of Orlando City and Orlando Pride, but in the end, both teams come away with 3 points on the road. Orlando City started Saturday gameday in New Jersey against the New York Red Bulls. During the last regular season game at Exploia Stadium in April, the Red Bulls beat the Lions 0-3. Orlando Pride head west, taking 3 points from Alex Morgan and the San Diego Wave FCWhat some expected could be a blowout for the Orlando Pride turned into the perfect start to an early Sunday Funday for fans. Orlando Pride travels to Chester, Pennsylvania to take on NJ/NY Gotham FC on Aug. 20, while Orlando City heads to Charlotte on Aug. 21.wftv.com
Orlando City loses game in extra time; Orlando Pride salvage a point in Kansas City
ORLANDO, Fla. — Sunday was a not so fun day if you are a fan of Orlando City and the Orlando Pride. What looked like three points away from home, ended in disappointment when D.C. United scored two goals in second-half stoppage time. Orlando City looked poised to steal three points on the road when Junior Urso scored in the ninth minute. In the second game of the day, the Orlando Pride traveled to Kansas City Current for the last game of July, where the Pride was 1-0-2 going into Sunday. Orlando City will play the New England Revolution on Saturday, Aug. 6 and the Pride faces expansion team Angel City and former Pride player Sydney Leroux on Sunday, Aug. 7.wftv.com
News 6′s Jamie Seh among finalists up for SPORTYS awards
The Greater Orlando Sports Commission released a list of 60 finalists for the 2022 SPORTYS: Greater Orlando’s Night of Champions presented by Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute and among the finalists is News 6′s sports director Jamie Seh.
Orlando City, Pride Matches Will Be Open To Full Capacity In June — KnightNews.com
Exploria Stadium, the home of Orlando City SC and Orlando Pride will open to full capacity starting in June. AdvertisementNEWS: Exploria Stadium to Open to Full Capacity Starting with Club’s June Matches. Orlando City SC CEO Alex Leitão released an official statement saying the stadium and team are excited for the return of a full crowd. These protocols include hand sanitization stands placed throughout the stadium, strict cleaning and sanitation implemented before, during, and after events in addition to increased cleaning staff presence at matches. Orlando City will have one more restricted capacity game on May 22 while Orlando Pride will have two more matches at a reduced capacity on May 26 and May 30.knightnews.com
Women's soccer set viewership records in 2020 — now it needs to keep them watching
Women's soccer had a great 2020 even in the midst of a pandemic, thanks to broadcast and streaming deals that brought the sport to more viewers than ever. In summer 2020, the National Women's Soccer League was the first U.S. professional sports league to return to action and broke its viewership records by nearly 300%. Those deals came after the U.S. women's national team won the 2019 Women's World Cup and spurred new interest in the sport. It was far from clear that women's soccer would be able to salvage the year, but coming back first with little sports competition likely helped. The longest-running professional women's soccer league in the U.S., the NWSL is now going into its ninth season (as the WNBA will hit its big 25).cnbc.com
Orlando Pride stage improbable rally to force 3-3 tie with North Carolina
It was quite a comeback to force a tie for the Orlando Pride on Saturday. Trailing 3-0 at halftime, the Pride rallied for three second-half goals to force a 3-3 tie in the fourth and final game of the Pride’s Fall Series games. After goals by Marisa Viggiano in the 54th minute and Kristen Edmonds in the 71st minute, the Pride tied the game in stoppage time on a goal by Ally Haran. The Pride finished 0-2-2 during their four games.
Bad second half costs Orlando Pride in 3-1 loss to Houston
Two goals in the second half lifted the Houston Dash to a 3-1 over the Orlando Pride on Saturday night in Houston. Houston opened the scoring in the 27th minute on a goal by Nichelle Prince, but the Pride tied the game in extra time right before halftime on a goal by Marisa Viggiano. But the Dash took control on a goal by Sophie Schmidt in the 55th minute and another in the 72nd minute by Shea Groom. The chances were heavily in favor of the Dash, who outshot the Pride by a 27-6 margin. Next up is a rematch with the dash on Oct. 9, this time at Osceola County Stadium.
Orlando Pride parade marcher wins the day with wicked Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure sign
Alright, which one of you was at the pride parade and did this? pic.twitter.com/0ms5ETMrbG Andy Haynes (@AndyTHaynes) October 12, 2019Saturday's Orlando Pride parade featured a hidden gem, when one theme park fan (or dare we say,) altered the back of their sign to say "Hagrid's Motorbike Adventure LINE STARTS HERE," a reference to notoriously long lines at the popular new attraction.Playwright and theme-park producer Andy Haynes noticed, and tweeted Saturday, asking about the sign:As we noted in June , Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure at Islands of Adventure has the most launches of any coaster in the world, but was plagued with wait times as long as ten hours when it opened.The mobbed Pride parade in the background was the perfect setting for this knowing little Easter egg.orlandoweekly.com
Pride fall to Washington, season finale is next
ORLANDO - A long season is down to one final game for the Orlando Pride following another loss Saturday. Goals from Ashley Hatch (5th minute), Crystal Thomas (62nd minute) and Tiffany McCarty (85th minute) lifted the Washington Spirit to a 3-0 win over the Pride at Exploria Stadium. The Pride, who clinched the worst record in the league (4-16-3) with the loss, will finish their season next Saturday at home against Reign FC. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Pride give up late goal, tie Sky Blue 1-1
The Orlando Pride were so close to their first win in over a month Sunday, but were denied by a late goal by a past U.S. World Cup hero. Carli Lloyd scored in the 88th minute for Sky Blue (New Jersey) to force a 1-1 tie with the Pride at Red Bull Arena. The Pride (4-15-3) took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute on a goal by Shelina Zadorsky, but couldn't quite hang on in the closing minutes. Next up for the Pride is a home game against the Washington Spirit at 5 p.m. Saturday. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Pride routed again by league-leading Courage, 6-1
It was yet another blowout loss for the Orlando Pride against the league-leading North Carolina Courage on Saturday. The Courage scored early and often and routed the Pride for a third time this year, this time 6-1 in North Carolina in a matchup of first versus last in the National Women's Soccer League standings. The Courage finished 3-0 against the Pride this season, outscoring Orlando in those games, 14-1. But the Courage added two more goals to complete their onslaught. The Pride (4-15-2) will next play at New Jersey against Sky Blue on Sept. 29.
Pride falls to Reign 3-1
FreeImages.com/Christopher BrunoTACOMA, Wash. - Orlando Pride fell 3-1 to host Reign FC Saturday night in Tacoma. After 22 minutes, the match was delayed two hours due to lightning that surrounded Cheney Stadium. It's just a wasted, short amount of time that you can't have in this league, especially against a team that are chasing to be in the playoffs," Orlando Pride Head Coach Marc Skinner said. Darian Jenkins scored 2 goals within 12 minutes of the match for Reign FC. The Pride return home to play against the Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday.
Pride can't win 2nd straight, lose 2-1 to Spirit
WASHINGTON - A winning streak continues to elude the Orlando Pride this season. The Pride's quest to win consecutive games for the first time this year was thwarted Saturday in Washington as the Washington Spirit earned a 2-1 win over the Pride. Ashley Hatch of the Spirit scored the game-winner in the 59th minute for Washington, which opened the scoring in the ninth minute on a goal by Crystal Thomas. Marta tied the game for the Pride on a goal in the 31st minute, but that was all the scoring the Pride (4-12-2) could generate. Next up for the Pride is a game in Tacoma on Sept. 7 against the Reign.
Alex Morgan leaves game after collision, Orlando beats Chicago 2-1
Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Bongarts/Getty ImagesORLANDO, Fla. - The Orlando Pride defeated the Chicago Red Stars 2-1 despite one of Orlandos best players leaving the game early. Alex Morgan was involved in a collision in the 13th minute. Around 8:35 p.m., the team said she was substituted from the match as a precaution and is currently being evaluated. In the second half, Chioma Ubogagu added to the Orlando lead in the 61st minute. Orlandos next game is against the Washington Spirit on Saturday.
Pride get shut out again, lose 2-0 to Utah
ORLANDO - The season-long problem of scoring goals is rearing its head again for the Orlando Pride. For the second straight game and eighth time this season, the Pride were shut out, this time by the Utah Royals, who earned a 2-0 win at Exploria Stadium on Saturday. World Cup standout Christen Press scored in the 60th minute ,and then Amy Rodriguez added an insurance goal in the 77th minute for the Royals, who improved to 3-0 against the Pride this season. Orlando (3-11-3) lost for the third time in its last four games and will have a short turnaround before playing at Chicago on Wednesday. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.
Pride lose to Dash after long layoff
ORLANDO - After a three-week layoff, the Orlando Pride couldnt do what it hasnt done all season, which is win consecutive games. In their first game since July 20, the Pride lost a game devoid of many offensive chances, falling 1-0 to the Houston Dash on Saturday at Exploria Stadium. A goal on a penalty kick by Houston's Rachel Daly in the 87th minute turned out to be the only scoring of the game. Offensive chances were few in the game, with the Pride only have three shots on goal to two for the Dash. The Pride (3-10-2) will next host the Utah Royals at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday.
Boy Shares Sweet 'Fist Bump' With Pro Soccer Player Who Also Has No Forearm
A 21-month-old tot shared a unique fist bump with professional soccer player Carson Pickett. Neither little Joseph Tidd, from Florida, nor the Orlando Pride soccer player, were born with left forearms, and they embraced the limb difference in a sweet photo that has since gone viral. They instantly had this bond.She explained they met the soccer player for the first time in April, and the pair have been sharing fist bumps since. His mom said they found out that their first boy would have a limb difference at her first ultrasound. We know the world can be cruel, but we also know the world can be very peaceful and joyful, Tidd said.
Alex Morgan, USWNT champions return to Orlando for welcome home party
Stuart Franklin/Getty ImagesORLANDO, Fla. - Three players from the Orlando Pride are returning to the city as World Cup champions. Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris, Ali Krieger and the U.S. womens national soccer team defeated the Netherlands 2-0 in the World Cup final on July 7. Doors open at the Lions Pride Orlando on West Church Street around 5 p.m. Tuesday. The players are expected to arrive around 7 p.m.Orlando's next game is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Exploria Stadium. Copyright 2019 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.