Bad second half costs Orlando Pride in 3-1 loss to Houston
Two goals in the second half lifted the Houston Dash to a 3-1 over the Orlando Pride on Saturday night in Houston. Houston opened the scoring in the 27th minute on a goal by Nichelle Prince, but the Pride tied the game in extra time right before halftime on a goal by Marisa Viggiano. But the Dash took control on a goal by Sophie Schmidt in the 55th minute and another in the 72nd minute by Shea Groom. The chances were heavily in favor of the Dash, who outshot the Pride by a 27-6 margin. Next up is a rematch with the dash on Oct. 9, this time at Osceola County Stadium.
Pride open up fall series action with 0-0 tie at North Carolina
The Orlando Pride opened up their fall series of play with a scoreless draw at the North Carolina Courage on Saturday. The Pride withstood a barrage of shots from the Courage, who outshot the Pride, 18-6, and had eight corner kicks to four for Orlando. Orlando will next be in action next Saturday at the Houston Dash in what will be the second of four games played during their fall series.
Women's World Cup winner Nagasato joins men's club in Japan
ATSUGI Womens World Cup winner Yuki Nagasato is joining Japanese mens club Hayabusa Eleven on loan from the Chicago Red Stars in the NWSL. The mens team plays in an amateur regional league that is several levels below the countrys top pro soccer league, the J-League. Nagasato, who won the Womens World Cup with Japan in 2011, joined Chicago in 2017 after playing in several other leagues. It was very inspiring to hear the social message about gender inequality and other messages that Rapinoe was trying to deliver during the (2019) World Cup, Nagasato said. For over a decade shes been telling me that her ultimate dream is to play in a mens team, Genki Nagasato said.