After losing at the Washington Spirit in the UKG Challenge Cup on Wednesday, the Orlando Pride face a quick turnaround and trip to NJ/NY Gotham FC for their second matchup this season.
Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.Sunday at Red Bull Arena, with the game airing on Fox35 Plus locally and Paramount+ nationwide.
When the two NWSL sides faced each other in April, Gotham (4-2-0, 12 points) emerged victorious 2-0 at Exploria Stadium. The Pride (2-4-0, 6 points) head to New Jersey knowing they have yet to lose a game on the road to Gotham since 2018.
Gotham has been on a good run lately, but Pride coach Seb Hines said he believes his team is not far behind despite its 4-2 loss at Washington.
“I think [Gotham] are on a good run. There wasn’t a lot between the two teams when we played them at home,” Hines said. “We know that they’ve got threatening players. We know that Lynn Williams is on a good run of form and we have to be mindful of her.”
It’s not all about Gotham, however, with Orlando riding a bit of NWSL momentum itself. Hines feels confident his team can win if they stick to what they do best.
“We’ve won our last two league games. We kept a clean sheet in the last game and we’re going to need that again,” he said. “We’re going to need to stop their threatening players in the attack. We’re going to have to be threatening in the attacking third as well and score goals. Every game is a difficult game, it’s a challenge for all of us but we’re looking forward to it. We feel that we can go there and win a game of football.”
Orlando enters the game without any new injuries. Only defender Carrie Lawrence (SEI – knee) and forward Julie Doyle (D45 – ankle) remain out with long-term injuries.