The Orlando Pride hosted their first day of preseason training Monday. For Pride head coach Tom Sermanni, it went expectedly well.
“It was great. To be fair, it usually always is, the first day,” Sermanni said after training Monday. “Players come in a little bit nervous but excited, and the tempo is usually good. But I think looking and trying to make a comparison to Year 1, I think the players have come in far more ready to play, and I thought the tempo was good, and I thought the quality was good.”
On the same day, the team also released its preseason schedule. Apart from the U-23 United States women’s national team, all of Orlando’s opponents will be against in-state universities. All friendlies are closed-door matches, and their scheduled times and days are subject to change.
SATURDAY, March 18
Orlando Pride vs. Stetson University at Sylvan Lake Park, 1 p.m.
SATURDAY, March 25
Orlando Pride vs. University of South Florida at Corbett Stadium, 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, March 29
Orlando Pride vs. University of Florida at Donald R. Dizney Stadium, 4 p.m.
SATURDAY, April 1
Orlando Pride vs. Florida State University at Sylvan Lake Park, 1 p.m.
FRIDAY, April 7
Orlando Pride vs. U.S. U-23 women’s national team at Sylvan Lake Park, 2 p.m.
Orlando Pride 2017 Preseason Roster
GOALKEEPERS (4): Aubrey Bledsoe, Ashlyn Harris, Amanda Kopale (trialist), Hannah Seabert (trialist)
DEFENDERS (10): Laura Alleway, McKenzie Berryhill, Steph Catley, Monica Hickmann Alves, Alanna Kennedy, Ali Krieger, Cami Levin, Camila Martins Pereira, Toni Pressley, Lorina White (trialist)
MIDFIELDERS (5): Jocelyn Blankenship (trialist), Nickolette Driesse, Kristen Edmonds, Maddy Evans, Dani Weatherholt
FORWARDS (11): Christina Burkenroad, Danica Evans, Jamia Fields, Sarah Hagen, Rachel Hill (trialist), Alex Morgan, Kim Reynolds (trialist), Carol Rodrigues (trialist), Jasmyne Spencer, Tabitha Tindell (trialist), Chioma Ubogagu