ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2022) — Orlando Pride (2-4-2, 8 points) will take on Portland Thorns FC (3-1-4, 13 points) on Sunday, June 19 at 3:00pm ET at Providence Park. The match will be streamed on Paramount+ in the US and Twitch internationally.
“From Sunday against Chicago you can build on that. I think we’ve laid a foundation,” said assistant coach Seb Hines. “We looked harder to beat which was our goal for the game not to give away too many gaps between the lines. Definitely something to build on because we finished the second half well. We created more chances to score. If he falls differently or if he has a little more desire to get into the penalty area, these chances become chances to score. That’s ultimately what we’re looking for when we go to Portland.”
Sunday’s game marks the first of two games in the 2022 National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) regular season between the two teams. This will also serve as the third and final street game for the month of June for Pride.
In their first game against the Thorns of the 2021 NWSL regular season, the Pride won 2-1 at Exploria Stadium on May 26 thanks to goals from Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux. The two teams met again on July 18 in Providence Park, where the Thorns won 2-1. In the third and final duel of the season, the two teams returned to Exploria Stadium and drew 1-1.
The Pride head into the weekend after losing a 1-0 result to the Chicago Red Stars at SeatGeek Stadium. In that game, assistant coach Seb Hines made his professional debut and served as acting head coach of the Pride. Midfielder Thais Reiss also made her professional debut when she came on as an 82nd-minute substitute after signing for the club last week.
The Thorns clinched a convincing 4-0 away win over the Houston Dash over the weekend. Forward Sophia Smith scored a brace for the Thorns and midfielder Olivia Moultrie scored her first regular-season goal of her career to become the youngest player in NWSL history to score at 16.
Portland is currently unbeaten in four games as of May 28. During that time, the Thorns have scored at least two goals in every game and kept two of their four clean sheets.
After Sunday’s contest, Pride and the rest of the NWSL will take a week off from playing. The team returns to action on July 3, taking on Racing Louisville as part of DAYTONA SoccerFest at Daytona International Speedway. The game is scheduled to kick off at 8pm ET and will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network, with tickets available at daytonasoccerfest.com.