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Sky Blue FC vs. Orlando Pride: Match preview and how to watch

New Jersey squad still in search of its first win of the season

Katie Johnson
Katie Johnson returns to Sky Blue this weekend after winning Barranquilla 2018, the Central American and Caribbean Games, with Mexico. Johnson scored three goals in the tournament.
Tom Salus, Once a Metro

Sky Blue FC vs. Orlando Pride

Orlando City Stadium; Orlando, Florida

August 5, 2018

7:30 p.m. ET

Watch: NWSLsoccer.com or NWSL app

Sky Blue FC (0-13-3, 3 points) will return to National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) action on Sunday, traveling to play the Orlando Pride (8-6-5, 29 points) at Orlando City Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET, and fans can watch live via NWSLsoccer.com or the NWSL app.

Sunday night marks the second match-up of the season between these two clubs. The first occurred on June 16 at Orlando City Stadium, which featured a total of five goals throughout the contest.

Sky Blue FC fell behind 1-0 in the 2nd minute off a Sydney Leroux goal, but responded with an equalizer in the 16th minute. The scoring sequence began with Imani Dorsey picking off a defender in the midfield and going to goal. After a give-and-go with Savannah McCaskill, Dorsey ripped a shot that was initially saved by Pride netminder Ashlyn Harris. However, McCaskill was there to bury the rebound and level the game at one apiece.

Orlando regained the lead in the 31st minute off another Leroux conversion, but Sky Blue FC was once again able to equalize when Madison Tiernan put away a rebounded shot by Katie Johnson just six minutes later. The Pride eventually reclaimed the lead when Rachel Hill scored off an Alex Morgan feed in the 83rd minute, and at the final whistle, the result remained 3-2 in favor of the home team.

Sky Blue FC comes into Sunday’s contest off a 2-1 loss to Portland Thorns FC. The New Jersey side held an 18-8 edge in shots and saw two potential equalizers hit the frame in the second half. Dorsey scored the lone tally in the 27th minute off a McCaskill assist.

The New Jersey club was originally scheduled to play the Chicago Red Stars on July 28th, but the match was postponed due to the cancellation of Sky Blue’s original flight to Chicago on July 27th, and the lack of feasible alternate options that would allow the club to arrive in time to adequately and safely prepare for the game.

The Pride is currently on a two-game unbeaten streak following a 2-1 win over Utah Royals FC and a 1-1 stalemate with Seattle Reign FC. Leroux leads the team in scoring with six goals while Morgan, Hill and Chioma Ubogagu each have four goals apiece.

Historically, the overall series with Orlando is 3-2-1 in favor of the Pride, which also holds a 2-1-0 advantage over Sky Blue FC at Orlando City Stadium.

Injury Report

Orlando Pride:

OUT: None

QUESTIONABLE: Sydney Leroux (illness)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None

Sky Blue FC

OUT: None

QUESTIONABLE: Domi Richardson (left foot sprain)

INTERNATIONAL DUTY: None