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Know Your Opponent: Orlando Pride

05/14/2016 10:04 AM -

The Western New York Flash are on the road again for its fifth match of the 2016 NWSL Regular Season on Saturday, May 14, in Orlando, Fla. This time the Flash will face expansion side Orlando Pride led by former Flash Alex Morgan, in what can only be an exciting matchup. Get a better look at the Pride before kickoff at 7:30 p.m. ET.

A Closer Look at the Pride:
Regular Season Record: 2-2-0
Points: 6
Goal Differential: +2
League Rank: 5
2016 Home Record: 2-0-0
Record vs. the Flash: First meeting
 
Battle for Positions
The Flash and the Pride both have six points so far and are tied with Seattle Reign FC for fifth, but are even in more than just the league standings. Midfielder Sam Mewis and forward Alex Morgan are tied for second in the league with seven shots on goal, while goalkeepers Sabrina D’Angelo and Ashlyn Harris (along with Chicago’s Alyssa Naeher, Houston’s Lydia Williams, and Kansas City’s Nicole Barnhart) are tied for first in the league with 15 saves. The matchup could be quite a battle with a lot of exciting play going both ways.
 
Pride In Their Kingdom
With what was a big unknown for the league going into the season, Orlando have created a fortress out of their home stadium so far, having won both home games at the newly renamed Camping World Stadium. With a convincing 3-1 win over Houston and a shutout win against Seattle, the Pride’s home turf is looking like it will continue to be a tough place to play for opponents. The Flash, though, have bursted a few bubbles while on the road. With wins in Kansas City and New Jersey, the Flash currently have one of the best road records in the league (2-1-0). 
 
Flash from the Past
A total of seven players from the Pride roster have once represented the Flash, including Pride captain Alex Morgan, who got her professional start with the club in 2011 when the team won the Women’s Professional Soccer title along with goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Other former Flash players include Jamia Fields, Becky Edwards, Kristen Edmonds, Jasmyne Spencer and Toni Pressley, who all played with the club in the 2015 NWSL season.
 
It’ll be the first time Fields, Edwards, Edmonds, Spencer and Pressley will suit up against their former team since the 2015 season, but many of the Flash faces won’t be familiar as only seven players return from last year.
 
Be sure to catch the match at youtube.com/NWSL set to start at 7:30 p.m. ET. And grab your tickets for Saturday, May 21, as U.S. Women’s National Team members Christine Rampone and Kelley O’Hara and Sky Blue FC visit Sam Mewis, Sabrina D’Angelo and the Western New York Flash in Rochester.


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