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This morning the United States Women’s team trained at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando ahead of their Sunday fixture against Brazil at the same venue.
The 2015 World Cup winners were put through their paces in the Florida sunshine and enjoyed a 75 minute workout to blow off the cobwebs after their journey from Seattle on Thursday. The team battled to a 1-1 draw with Brazil on Wednesday evening and will be looking to win in Orlando to extend their run of over 100 games undefeated in the United States. With the draw against Brazil, the USA extended its current home unbeaten streak to 101 games (89-0-12) which is a team record. The last loss at home came to Denmark on Nov., 6, 2004, in Philadelphia during the team’s post-Olympic tour to celebrate the winning the gold medal in Athens, Greece.
On Tuesday Orland City Soccer and the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) announced the founding of its tenth club and second expansion team, the Orlando Pride. The Pride is owned and operated by Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the team will begin play with the start of the 2016 NWSL season. The NWSL is preparing for its fourth season in 2016, a milestone that the two previous women’s professional leagues did not achieve. The roster for the Pride will be constructed using the following mechanisms, including Discovery Signings (domestic and international), Expansion Draft and 2016 NWSL College Draft. Orlando will also receive the first pick in each round of the 2016 NWSL College Draft as well as the top spot in the Discovery and Waiver Tie-Breakers.
We talked to Alex Morgan ahead of a possible move to Orlando to play for the new women’s franchise Orlando Pride.
More photos from the training session are at www.FloridaLeisurePhotography.com