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  • Writer's pictureDan Berridge

Analysis: Seattle Reign (a). Seven In A Row For The Pride.

The Orlando Pride are on fire right now. They ensured there will be at least one more sleepless night in Seattle.


The hosts have endured a wretched start to the season and now sit second bottom of the league.


As for Orlando Pride, they consolidated their position at the summit of the table. They look an unstoppable force right now. The Portland Thorns will come to central Florida next. The head-to-head record between the 2 clubs makes for grim reading. There are 3 Orlando wins to Portland's 13. But who would bet against Orlando making it 4 in this one?


No one who values their money.



The sky really is the limit for this Orlando Pride team. With such a barnstorming start to the season, they're not a million miles away from securing a play-off spot.



But why stop there?


I know I'm probably getting a little carried away, but why not?


We can dream.


Swagger


You all know I like to pick things apart in a performance and I love a good stat.


There are just some things that can't be quantified, however. There's a swagger about this Orlando Pride squad. Chests out, shoulders squared. They walk into every game with a winners mentality. There's no 'I think we can win here'. It's more 'get out of our way or we'll pound you'. There's an unwavering belief and pride (pardon the pun) in what they are doing.


When asked about the prospect of setting a league record with a win on Friday (vs Portland Thorns), defender Rafaelle said this:


"We have been proving how strong we are, and we're just going to do that on [Friday] and go from there. I think that thing [being at home] is going to push us a little harder to break that record next game.”


'We have been proving how strong we are, and we're just going to do that'. There's a decisiveness about what she's saying there. There's no 'we think we can show our strength'. Nah, mate. We're just gonna go and do it.


And who's gonna bet against them? Again, no one who values their money.


A frightening attack


This team hasn't even fully gelled yet.


Imagine that?


What do you mean it can get better?


I can't even analyse anything right now. Barbra Banda what are you even doing? You have no business coming here and being this good like, right away. Give the other teams a chance.



Her speed, her awareness, her finishing... She's the complete package. She's destroying this league right now. Every defence in the NWSL is so focused on her they're not even thinking about Adriana. Or Ally Watt. Marianna Larroquette can't even get a game. Marta!?


There's an embarrassment of riches in this team, going forward.


And I'm here for it.


Top player


Barbra Banda


Banda again showed why she's one of the world's premier strikers. The Zambian international chalked up her 6th goal from 6 NWSL games with lethal precision. She only had 3 shots in the whole game and ended up with a brace. It's not hard to imagine that she will probably be in golden boot contention.


Player ratings


Starting XI


Moorhouse -6- A few nervy moments again.


Sam's -8- Wonder goal.

Rafaelle -7- Sturdy.

Strom -7- Led the team well from the back.

Abello -7- Got up and down the flank well.


Yates -7- Linked possession well.

McCutcheon -7- Disciplined performance.

Lemos -7- Worked hard to maintain possession.


Adriana -8- Was a livewire.

Banda -9- Lethal.

Marta -7- The quietest attacker, which probably says more about the rest of them than the GOAT.


Substitutes


Doyle -6- Energetic.

Dyke -6- Growing in confidence.

Martinez -7- Helped see the game out.

Watt -6- Hustled.

Allen -6- Came in too late.




Orlando Pride Head Coach Seb Hines


Opening Statement


“I think most importantly, the win and a win away from home, as well. It’s something we talked about last year, picking up more points away from home. I thought the first 43 minutes of the game we were really good. I thought we played some terrific football, played some good lines, caused Seattle a lot of problems. And to concede so late on in the first half is something that we need to reflect and review moving forward. The second half, it was a grind. It was great determination, getting through that adversity, as well, [after] conceding so early in the second half to come back and get that third goal was really important for us. We just continued that momentum. It’s now seven wins on the run, which is really nice. It’s pleasing to see that everything has started to come together but we have a lot of room to continue to improve.”




*Statistics courtesy of Fotmob.

Top player image and cover image courtesy of Orlando Pride.

Media availability and b-roll footage courtesy of Orlando Pride.



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