Orlando Pride vs. San Diego Wave FC: Preview, How To Watch, TV Info, Live Stream, Lineups, Game Thread & More

Welcome to your game thread as Orlando Pride (5-9-6, 21 points) welcomes San Diego Wave FC (10-6-4, 34 points) to Exploria Stadium. This is the second and last time the two teams will meet this season.

Here’s everything you need to know about tonight’s game.

History

The San Diego Wave is nearing the end of its inaugural season. Since the teams were not paired in the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup, they only played each other once. The game came near the end of the Pride’s seven-game unbeaten streak and was the first of a two-game winning streak.

The first game between the two teams occurred on August 13 in San Diego. The only goal of the match came from the penalty spot after Julie Doyle’s cross hit Kaleigh Riehl’s arm. In the 23rd minute, Meggie Dougherty Howard stepped in and buried the penalty. The Pride held on for 67 minutes to beat one of the best teams in the league, 1-0 on the road.

General

The Pride come into this game on a four game losing streak. After going seven undefeated, they lost 2-1 to OL Reign, 2-0 to Portland Thorns, 2-0 to Racing Louisville and 3-0 to North Carolina Courage. Three of those four defeats were at home and he has now gone 323 consecutive minutes without scoring.

Tonight is the last home game of the 2022 NWSL season for the Pride. It’s their penultimate game of the year as they wrap up the season next Saturday night in Seattle against OL Reign.

While the Pride only have pride to play with, tonight’s opponent is fighting for the top spot in the league. The Wave sit just one point behind Thorns for the number one seed in the playoffs with just two games remaining.

With an attack that features former Pride players Alex Morgan and Jodie Taylor, the Wave are fourth in the league in goals scored, with 30. They have also been very strong defensively, conceding just 19 goals. That ties San Diego with OL Reign for fewest goals conceded in the league.

As expected when the trade happened last offseason, Morgan has led the Wave attack this year. Her 15 goals scored lead the league and are three more than Thorns forward Sophia Smith. Morgan has been the go-to player in San Diego’s attack, scoring the next-highest number of goals on the team with just three from Jaedyn Reese. Two Wave players lead the team in assists with three, including former Pride midfielder Taylor Kornieck.

Defensively, Kailen Sheridan has had a remarkable season in goal for San Diego. She is currently third in the league in clean sheets, with seven, and has a league-high goals-against average of 0.94. However, he has only had to make 46 saves this year, the second fewest of any goalkeeper in the league with at least 10 starts.

Since the loss to the Pride, which was the second in a two-game losing streak, San Diego has won three of its last four games. The only loss since Pride’s 1-0 victory came on September 10 against the Washington Spirit.

The Pride have their second-longest availability roster of the season, with nine players listed as off or questionable. Marta (knee), Viviana Villacorta (ankle), Caitlin Cosme (knee), Chelsee Washington (ankle), Kaylie Collins (wrist) and Parker Roberts (COVID protocol) are out. Mikayla Cluff (anke), Anna Moorhouse (hand) and Erika Tymrak (thigh) are questionable.

Only Amirah Ali (knee) and Kayla Bruster (foot) are out of San Diego tonight. However, Morgan (knee) is listed as questionable for her first return to Orlando.


Projected lineups

Orlando Pride (4-2-3-1)

Goalie: Erin MacLeod.

Defenders: Celia, Megan Montefusco, Carrie Lawrence, Kylie Strom.

Defensive midfielders: Jordyn Listro, Meggie Dougherty Howard.

Midfielders: Ally Watt, Gunny Jonsdottir, Kerry Abello.

Forward: Julia Doyle.

Wave of San Diego FC (4-3-3)

Goalie: Kailen Sheridan.

Defenders: Kristen McNabb, Naomi Girma, Abby Dahlkemper, Christen Westphal.

Midfielders: Taylor Kornieck, Emily van Egmond, Katie Johnson.

Forward: Jaedyn Reese, Sofia Jakobsson, Kelsey Turnbow.

referees

REFEREE: Matt Thompson.

AR1: Joe Suchoski.

AR2: Jeffrey Skinker.

4th: Alex Calume.


how to watch

Match time: 19:00

Event: Explore Stadium – Orlando.

TV: None.

Transmission: Paramount+ (USA), Twitch (international).

Twitter: For live updates and quick reaction, following @TheManeLand and the official Orlando Pride Twitter feed (@ORLPride).


Enjoy the match. What pride!

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