Match preview | Orlando Pride to visit Washington on Sunday
ORLANDO, Fla. (Aug 21, 2021) – Orlando Pride (5-4-6, 21 points) will face the Washington Spirit (5-5-4.19 points) for the third time this season on Sunday, August 22 at Audi Field. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET, with the contest scheduled to be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network, with international viewers able to tune in on Twitch.
“Washington is going to be back at full strength and they have some great players back,” interim head coach Becky Burleigh said. “It’s exciting because I think that in order for us to be able to use our full potential, we have to play against the best. So I’m glad to see some of these players again and I think we want to be better than last week. So if we can continue to improve our performance, we will be happy with it. “
Saturday’s game will be the two teams’ third meeting and the second in the nation’s capital this season. Both matches this season ended in a 1-1 draw, with Pride coming in from behind to secure the point each time. In the last clash, Ashley Hatch scored in the 64th minute to open the scoring for the Spirit, but the Pride’s Taylor Kornieck scored her first regular-season goal three minutes later for the equalizer.
Pride kick off the weekend looking to build a 1-1 draw against the Portland Thorns last Saturday. Jodie Taylor scored the first with her second goal in as many games on a cross from Courtney Petersen, Simone Charley representing the visitors’ equalizer late in the second half.
Leroux continues to sit at the top of the league with seven appearances this season. His teammates Marta and Kornieck remain tied for the league lead in assists, each with three this year.
Washington enters the weekend after scoring a point in a 2-2 draw with the Houston Dash last Friday at BBVA Stadium. Paige Nielsen and Tori Huster both scored for the Spirit to force the two teams to share points on the night.
Hatch leads the Spirit with six goals this season. Trinity Rodman and Ashley Sanchez follow closely behind with four and three goals, respectively. Andi Sullivan leads the Spirit with three assists.
After Sunday’s game, Pride hit the road for the second week in a row to face NJ / NY Gotham FC at Red Bull Arena. Kick-off is scheduled for Sunday, August 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET.