ORLANDO, Fla. (July 30, 2022) – After a week off from NWSL play, Orlando Pride (3-5-4, 13 points) returns to action and travels to Children’s Mercy Park for a game against the Kansas City Current (5-4-3, 18 points) on Sunday night. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM ET with the match available to stream on Paramount+ in the US and internationally on Twitch.
“[Kansas City] are on a really good run now. I think it’s seven games unbeaten, but we have to focus on ourselves,” said acting head coach Seb Hines. “We are building momentum after every game. Going to Washington was a tough place to play and we got a positive result. It would be nice to get a win, but we’ll take the positives away. It’s another clean sheet. Going into Kansas, we have to build on what we’ve done in the last three games. We know there are not many games left, so we need points. It’s another opportunity to get three points and we have to take advantage of that.”
Earlier this season, the two sides played out a 2-2 draw after Pride defender Toni Pressley slotted home a free-kick in the sixth minute of stoppage time to equalise. Gunny Jónsdóttir also found the net that night at the Exploria Stadium in the 51st minute for the Pride.
Before the break, the Pride won their third straight with a goalless draw in the nation’s capital against the Washington Spirit. Pride goalkeeper Erin McLeod made five saves to earn her third clean sheet in all competitions this season.
The Kansas City Current was on fire before the break winning three straight games and going undefeated in seven straight. The Current’s most recent game was a 1-0 win over the OL Reign courtesy of a free kick goal by Lo’eau LaBonta, which served as the game-clinching goal. The Current’s 18 points in 12 games are the most they have scored in franchise history.
Pride midfielder Jónsdóttir has returned from representing her country, Iceland, at UEFA Women’s Euro 2022. Iceland went undefeated in the group stage, but did not advance to the knockout stages. Jónsdóttir has since returned to training and will be available for the Pride on Sunday.
Fans not making the trip to Kansas City are invited to a watch party Sunday at Kiwi’s Pub & Grill in Altamonte Springs. Orlando City SC will kick off the watch party with their match at DC United. After that game, the crowd will turn their attention to the Pride game against Kansas City, which will be broadcast to all supporters. The watch party starts at 4pm ET and is a free event open to all ages.
After Sunday’s game, the Pride will return to Exploria Stadium to battle Angel City FC with the 2022 expansion squad on Sunday, August 7. Kickoff is set for 7:00 PM ET. Tickets for that game are available at Orlando-Pride.com.