The Or­lando Pride

Pride still win­less against Thorns as of­fense sput­ters again

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Jor­dan Cul­ver

can’t keep the Port­land Thorns from win­ning 2-1 on a cold, rainy evening on the road.

The re­turn of star for­ward Alex Mor­gan wasn’t enough to spark the Or­lando Pride’s at­tack.

Three games into the sea­son, the Pride cer­tainly need a spark.

Or­lando scored an early goal to snatch its first lead of the sea­son but couldn’t keep the Port­land Thorns from find­ing the back of the net on a cold, rainy Sun­day evening at Prov­i­dence Park in Port­land, Ore. The Thorns con­tin­ued their un­beaten run against the Pride, drop­ping the still­short­handed vis­i­tors 2-1 in front of an an­nounced crowd of 16,466.

The Thorns are un­beaten against the Pride, and Or­lando (0-2-1, 1 point) is still search­ing for its first win of the 2018 sea­son. The Pride also are wait­ing for five in­ter­na­tional play­ers to re­turn to the club, in­clud­ing Brazil­ian star Marta.

“It was the type of game we ex­pected over here,” Pride coach Tom Ser­manni said. “We knew how Port­land played: how tough it was go­ing to be, and it was ex­actly that. We did well for spells. We were un­der pres­sure for spells. I thought we fin­ished strongly, as well.”

Early on, it looked like Or­lando’s of­fen­sive woes were be­hind it. Chris­tine Nairn cre­ated a golden early chance with a steal and pass into the penalty area, and Chioma Ubo­gagu’s fin­ish put Or­lando up 1-0 over the de­fend­ing NWSL cham­pi­ons in the 20th minute.

Nairn took away a pass from

AL SERMENO/ISI PHO­TOS

Or­lando Pride for­ward Chioma Ubo­gagu puts her team up early with a goal dur­ing a 2-1 road loss vs. Port­land Sun­day at Prov­i­dence Park.

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