Today will be a day to learn a lot of new faces. The Pride (like most NWSL teams) have a number of regular starters who are away for International Duty in Olympic Camps, meaning that they will be gone for the rest of July. In their stead, the Pride have signed a number of reserve players, as well as two new goalkeepers due to the injury to Aubrey Bledsoe.
Who's Gone to Rio?
The following players have been called up to national sides for the 2016 Olympic Games:
- USA: Alex Morgan, Ashlyn Harris
- Australia: Steph Catley, Laura Alleway
- Brazil: Monica
- Canada: Josee Belanger
In addition to these players, Kaylyn Kyle has been named as an alternate for Canada, so it's possible she could be called away any time between now and the final match that Canada plays in the Olympics.
Who's Been Activated and Signed?
According to a release from the Orlando Pride offices, the following players are now activated and available for play while the Olympians are away:
|Kaitlyn Savage*||25||Goalkeeper||Gig Harbor, WA||25||FIU|
|Megan Dorsey**||22||Goalkeeper||Melbourne, FL||24||UNF|
|Allie Wisner||15||Forward||Bozeman, MT||25||Utah|
|Kim Reynolds||20||Midfielder||Orlando, FL||28||UCF|
|Siera Lelii||24||Forward||Seminole, FL||23||Nova SE|
* Kaitlyn Savage was signed for the rest of the 2016 season due to the season-ending injury of Aubrey Bledsoe.
**Megan Dorsey was previously announced as a signee when Aubrey Bledsoe first suffered her injury.
About Boston Breakers
The Boston Breakers have struggled this season, sitting at the bottom of the NWSL table with a record of 1 - 9 - 1. As Orlando Pride fans we are spoiled with a very communicative front office and information-rich web sites; not so for the Boston team. It's unclear how their lineup will be impacted by the Rio Olympics, but the team only have three goals on the season collectively, with those being scored by defender Whitney Engen, midfielder Louise Schillgard, and defender Christen Westphal.
All the same, with so many changes to the Pride lineup today, it's really hard to predict how the match will unfold. I am going to be bold and say that the Pride will be able take a victory, and I'll predict a relatively high scoring match: 3 - 1.
What about you? What do you think about the changes for the Pride? Are you excited to see these new players and what they can do, or will you be pining for our Olympians who are away prepping for Rio? Let me know in the comments below!