By TJ Davis
Boyds, Md., (8/29/19) – A week removed from Washington’s record-breaking win over the Pride at Audi Field, the Spirit will travel to Orlando for the second leg of their back-to-back matches. Both teams remain in the hunt for a playoff spot with six games left, and the Spirit have a chance to move into 5th place with a win.Here are some of the stats to keep track of as the Spirit conclude their series with the Pride.
9 – Players out due to National Team duties
Orlando Pride stars, Ashlyn Harris (US), Claire Emslie (Scotland), Alex Morgan (US), Ali Krieger (US), and Marisa Viggiano (US) will be away on their respective national teams for Orlando.
The Spirit will be without Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh have joined the USWNT, and Jordan DiBiasi and Sam Staab are away with the United States U23 squad.
Orlando will also be without Brazilian star Marta due to injury.
64 – Total saves this season by Aubrey Bledsoe, second in the NWSL
Bledsoe is one of the most reliable keepers in the league with 64 saves on 83 shots on goal this season. She’s also recorded 7 clean sheets.
16 – Combined fouls conceded between Washington and Orlando in their previous meeting
The August 24 match up quickly turned physical in the early minutes of the game. Midfielder Andi Sullivan spoke about the competitiveness heading into the match, saying: “I think we’ll feel the rivalry a little bit. (Orlando) beat us at their place and we beat them here so I think both teams want the series, and Orlando is a very competitive and fiery team.”
2016 – The last time the Spirit won back-to-back games against the Orlando Pride
The last time the Spirit beat the Pride in consecutive games was during the Pride’s inaugural season when Washington won 2-0 and 2-1.
18 – The difference in total goals allowed this season between Orlando and Washington
Orlando has allowed a league-leading 37 goals this season, while Washington has only allowed 19 (3rd.)
9 – The number of points Orlando has earned at home
Orlando has struggled to protect home field this season, as they have collected only 9 points at home this year. The Spirit have earned 10 points on the road thus far.