Orlando Pride face unknown challenge in season opener against Racing Louisville

Although the Orlando Pride is entering its sixth year in the league, the team poses a similar unfamiliarity to opponents and fans alike.

Following a long gap in games due to COVID-19 issues last year and a complete roster overhaul, Saturday’s match will serve as a reintroduction for the Pride.

Captain Ali Krieger said the team sees this game as an opportunity to set high expectations for the 2021 season, particularly for the young core of first-year players.

“None of us are going to be average, and I know they’re wanting to set a standard right off the bat, as a younger crop of players, that they deserve to be here and that they’re willing to roll their sleeves up and get the job done.

Star striker Alex Morgan will be absent with the United States national team, while Jónsdóttir and backup keeper Erin McLeod will also be on international duty for Iceland and Canada, respectively.

“We want to absorb the pressure we poured into ourselves, upon to ourselves, but we also need to have a realistic viewpoint of managing performance to make sure that we are on the right track to be successful for the regular season.”

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