The Orlando Pride is a professional women's soccer team based in Orlando, Florida. The team, affiliated with the men's team Orlando City SC in Major League Soccer, joined the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), the top level of women's soccer in the U.S..
Following the 2015 NWSL season, it was rumored that the Orlando City SC ownership group would be adding an expansion team to the women's professional league. On October 20, 2015, a press conference was held at Lake Eola Park where Phil Rawlins unveiled the team name, logo, and colors. Former head coach of the Australia and U.S. national teams Tom Sermanni was announced as head coach.
On October 26, 2015, the Pride announced that they had made the first player acquisitions in team history; they acquired forward Alex Morgan and Kaylyn Kyle from Portland Thorns FC. Then the Club also acquired Sarah Hagen from FC Kansas City.
The name Orlando Pride was announced on October 20, 2015 by founder and president Phil Rawlins. He noted that the name "captures how we all feel about the City of Orlando, as well as firmly tying into the Lions family."
Colours and Badge
The team colors are purple and light blue. The logo features an illustration of the famous fountain at Lake Eola Park. Away uniform is light blue with purple stripes.
The Orlando Pride will play at Camping World Stadium, the same venue as Orlando City SC during the 2016 season. The team is slated to move with Orlando City SC to Orlando City Stadium, a new soccer-specific stadium being built and expected to open in late 2016.
The Crown is the Recognized Supporter Club for The Orlando Pride.
Official website: http://www.orlandocitysc.com/pride