NWSL kicking off week 2 of year 4 and continues to make history today as their second week of the 2016 season kicks off with Opening home day at Orlando for the new Orlando Pride. They face Houston Dash at the Orlando Citrust Bowl at 7:30pm. Coming off a loss in Portland, with stars like Alex Morgan, Lianne Sanderson, Ashley Harris, Orlando is looking to open up their account with a win at home worthy of the marquee game of the week. But they have to get through Carli Lloyd, Morgan Brian and the rest of the Dash to make that happen. Don’t miss it. It’ll be up live on NWSL’s YouTube Channel.
There was no sign of pressure for opening weekend for the 4th season of NWSL, even under the historical cloud of WPS and WUSA’s ghosts, which came replete with 12 goals, including a bicycle kick by Washington Spirit’s Joanna Lohman and solid attendance numbers.
Also in for tonight’s action:
Chicago Red Stars vs. Western New York Flash (SATURDAY 6 p.m. CT; Toyota Park; Bridgeview, Ill.)
After falling 1-3 to Houston Dash in the opener, USWNT’s Christen Press and her teammates are aiming for a win against Western New York Flash. Noteably, this is Chicago Red Stars’ return to their former home at Toyota Park where they played during their 2009 and 2010 Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) years. “In 2016, it’s time to return to our original home – Toyota Park. Our fans and sponsors will now enjoy an exciting game day environment in a major league stadium, while our players and the rest of the teams throughout the NWSL will enjoy the benefits of competing on a world class, natural grass pitch,” said Arnim Whisler, Owner of the Chicago Red Stars.
FC Kansas City vs. Portland Thorns FC (SATURDAY 7:30 p.m. CT; Swope Park Soccer Village; Kansas City, Mo.)
Last weekend, two-time defending champions FC Kansas City fell to the WNY Flash in a game won on PKs. Kansas City had their chance to equalize in stoppage time but Heather O’Reilly’s shot hit the post. Portland began their 2016 campaign with a bang coming back from behind against Orlando, with goals from Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Lindsey Horan to win 2-1 in front of 16,073 fans.
Sky Blue FC vs. Washington Spirit (5 p.m. ET; Yurcak Field; New Brunswick, N.J.)
Both Sky Blue and Washington Spirit are off to a winning start. Against the odds, Sky Blue FC defeated the historically domineering Seattle Reign who lost their first-ever home game last weekend. Sky Blue had an early lead thanks to a header from Tasha Kai, and then sealed the win with a go-ahead goal by newcomer Kelly Conheeney who just joined the NJ team after open tryouts a little over a month ago. Washington’s Crystal Dunn and her teammates will do their best to break down Sky Blue’s defenses.
Boston Breakers vs. Seattle Reign FC (SUNDAY 6:30 p.m. ET; Jordan Field; Boston, Mass.)