BRIDGEVIEW, Ill. (June 12, 2022) – Orlando Pride (2-4-2, 8 points) dropped a 1-0 decision to the Chicago Red Stars (4-1-3, 15 points) on Sunday night, unable to find the answer to a home team goal in the 10th minute.
The evening served as a debut as a professional head coach for team assistant Seb Hines, who was named the club’s interim coach this week. University of North Florida midfielder Thais Reiss made her NWSL debut as an 82nd-minute substitute after being signed by the club on Saturday.
Seb Hines, assistant coach of the Orlando Pride:
“I feel like it comes down to a moment of brilliance from a great player [Mallory Pugh]. This goal is worthy of winning any game and it’s very obvious that she’s in good shape at the moment and playing well. And it comes down to the thin margins. We respected the game plan, we didn’t want to let go at the start of the match. With the way Chicago plays, they like to play across the lines, so we kind of obstructed the middle and were really disciplined with our pressing to win the ball in transition with the speed of Abi Kim and Julie Doyle. So the game plan was there, like I said, it came at a moment of brilliance that defined the result.
10′ Mallory Pugh (Bianca St. Georges) – CHI 1, ORL 0
The home side scored the game’s only goal after 10 minutes, Mallory Pugh firing from outside the box which found the underside of the crossbar and dove into the net.
Next game: Pride remain on the road for their third consecutive away game, traveling to face Portland Thorns FC on Sunday June 19 at Providence Park. The game will start at 3 p.m. ET.