PORTLAND – The Orlando Pride played so well on their latest 3-game road trip, maybe they will lobby the National Women’s Soccer League to stay on the road instead of coming home.
Alex Morgan and Christine Nairn each scored goals in the first 21 minutes and the Pride held off Portland from there to earn a 2-1 win and extend their unbeaten streak to five games.
The Pride went 2-0-1 on their road trip, winning 2-0 over Chicago, tying Utah 0-0 and then avenging a 2-1 loss to Portland on April 15, beating the Thorns in the rematch by the same exact score.
Beating Portland was the the biggest reason for the Pride to smile, given they had never beaten the Thorns.
"An absolutely unbelievable performance away from home at the toughest (place) to play," Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said. "To come and get points against a team we’ve never beaten before is fantastic. To get back up the way we did after Wednesday night was first class. I think what we showed today were all the elements required to win games like this. At times we couldn’t get the ball down and play it because Portland puts you under enormous pressure. It was very physical game. I just think the level of concentration, our work ethic and the way we were switched on was fantastic.”
The Pride will come home to play North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. on May 23 at Orlando City Stadium.
Morgan opened the scoring 11 minutes in the game before Nairn made it 2-0 Pride with less than 25 minutes left in the first half.
Portland cut the Pride’s lead to 2-1 in the 23rd minute on a goal by Christine Sinclair, but that would be all the scoring.