Alex Morgan and Marta on form as Orlando Pride win rare midweek clash with Washington

Orlando hosted Washington in a rare midweek NWSL clash on Tuesday night. The Pride won 3-0 a win that helps Orlando close in on a playoff spot.

Early in the 3rd minute, Orlando Pride threatened an attack. Chioma Ubogagu took on a couple of defenders, and dished in a superb pass through Washington Spirit’s backline, finding Marta inside the box, but Washington’s Joanna Lohman closed on the Brazilian, tightening a difficult angle shot on goal. Chyna Williams came alive within the 21’ minute, turns Alanna Kennedy around and finds her sweet spot, just out of the 18-yard box. It drifts wide-left, as goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe pokes her arm out. Going into the 39’ minute, Alex Morgan took 30-yard shot, bounced and drifted wide.

Morgan and Marta put their brilliance in display, Marta played the ball with Alex in advance position, overlapped run from the Brazilian international, as Alex Morgan slipped in a pass for a Marta goal. There’s no question the talent both stars possess, though many were concerned if Morgan can have the cohesiveness with Marta to exploit defensive oppositions. From a club level, Alex Morgan had underperformed the past few years, couldn’t quite portray the talent that many USWNT’s supporters see from an international level. No question about it, Marta makes players around her more engaged and somewhat aware of subtle aspects that goes on the pitch.

Washington Spirit’s goalkeeper, Stephanie Labbe headed out a long ball, but Labbe didn’t make it in time to make it back to the vicinity of goal. Camila arched a cheeky goal touch over the keeper. Stephanie Catley launched left cross from the middle of the park, taking a bounce just 12 yards out, finding Morgan making a run on the far post, finished with a bounced volley ball. Orlando Pride demolished the Spirit, giving Orlando home supporters hope that their soccer club can make a run, also the pride in a potential home-field advantage NWSL Championship which will be played at Orlando City Stadium.

 

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