The Royals may be a new franchise in location and name, but many of the players were part of the FC Kansas City organization, so it will feel like a somewhat familiar opponent that the Orlando Pride will face on Saturday at Orlando City Stadium. Today we will look at the history of the matchup over the history of the Orlando Pride organization.
May 28 - at Kansas City: Pride 0 - 2 FC KC
Sep 24 - at Orlando: Pride 1 - 2 FC KC
May 7 - at Kansas City: Pride 1 - 1 FC KC
Jul 15 - at Orlando: Pride 4 - 1 FC KC
Aug 26 - at Kansas City: Pride 2 - 1 FC KC
Wins: Pride 2, Royals (FC KC) 2, Draws 1
Goals Scored: Pride 8, Royals (FC KC) 7
At Orlando: Pride 1-1-0
In 2016 the former FC Kansas City swept the series home and away. Last year, the Pride got a result with a draw in the first match, and then took the remaining two games home and away. So the teams are even in wins, but the Pride holds a razor-thin edge in total goals scored in the series.
Tomorrow on the blog, I'll post my Tactics & Traps column for this match. Coach Tom Sermanni frustrates some fans because he doesn't play their favorite player every match. This season I have a feeling he's really going to frustrate a lot of fans because he has such a strong lineup he could throw nearly endless combinations of players on the pitch. And with each of those players bringing her own strength, it will be interesting to see how he chooses to deploy them in terms of formation and how much freedom they have to play to the rhythm and demands of each match.
What is your favorite memory of watching a matchup between the Pride and the former FC Kansas City? Let me know in the comments below!