Washington Spirit (W) (@1.57) vs Orlando Pride SC (W) (@4.6)

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Washington Spirit (W) will win
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Washington Spirit (W) – Orlando Pride SC (W) Match Prediction | 24-08-2019 19:30

Its tough on them to do that, but we feel we have a squad thats competitive regardless of how many players we got away. Young players we got are doing great, but its very difficult to throw them in this type of environment, Sermanni said.

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I thought we were looking like the better side. Thats what this league is about. In these kind of games, when its tight, you give somebody like Mallory Pugh a bit of space and time and you get punished. We didnt create enough, we werent quite incisive enough to get front.

Matches between teams

Rookie Danica Evans scored a dramatic 87th-minute equalizer after Line Sigvardsen-Jensen had put the visitors ahead around the hour mark. Orlando is 0-2-2 against the Spirit, having earned its first points in the series earlier this year. Meeting two came at the Maryland SoccerPlex, where a late penalty lifted the Spirit to a 2-2 draw after Marta had put the Pride ahead with a brace. The first meeting between the teams this season came in Week 2, with the Pride and Spirit drawing 1-1 at Orlando City Stadium on April 22. Mallory Pugh scored both of Washingtons goals.

Four different players scored for Washington. The Pride are in sixth place in the NWSL standings, just four points behind the final playoff spot. The Spirit are coming off a surprising 4-1 drubbing of a shorthanded Sky Blue FC missing Sam Kerr and Kelley OHara on Saturday, erasing a Maya Hayes goal with four unanswered scores. Orlando drew 1-1 with the Chicago Red Stars Saturday night but hit the post numerous times as the ball just didnt want to go in. Alex Morgan scored her sixth career goal for Orlando but Sofia Huerta equalized in the second half.

Sarah Hagen scored the only goal for the Pride in the inaugural season series, off an assist from Cami Levin. Cheyna Williams and Christine Nairn did the damage for Washington in the 2-1 game at Camping World Stadium. Estafania Banini and Francisca Ordega provided the offense in that first meeting the Prides first match after the Pulse nightclub shootings. Washington swept the season series a year ago, winning 2-0 at home and 2-1 in Orlando. Neither player is still with Orlando.

Rachel Hill is out with an ankle sprain she sustained against Chicago on Saturday. For the Spirit, Estefania Banini (right hamstring strain) is doubtful. Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (quad) is still listed as out, although she may be available by Saturday against Sky Blue. Joanna Lohman (ACL), Francisca Ordega (knee), Line Sigvardsen Jensen (ACL), Yanara Aedo (torn meniscus), and Kelsey Wys (ACL) are out.

Orlando Pride fall 2-0 at Washington Spirit

Again, the problem that most teams present us is that they keep very disciplined defensively and they look to hit us on transition and Im sure [Washington will] come with that game plan on Tuesday night, Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. We need to try and finish off the chances we create, particularly when we are on top of games and playing well so we give ourselves a little bit of a gap if we can. There are a couple key things [for us to win].