North Carolina Courage vs. Orlando Pride: NWSL Fall Series live stream TV channel, how to watch online, news
The National Women’s Soccer League is back in action on Saturday as the Fall Series rolls on. North Carolina Courage and Orlando Pride will square off on CBS at 1 p.m. ET in Sahlen’s Stadium, in Cary, North Carolina. The Courage and Pride are meeting for the first time in the Fall Series representatives of the southern region (all nine clubs are split into three different regional “pods”). Let’s take a look at the upcoming match with all the info you need to know.
Date: Saturday, Sept. 19 | Time: 1 p.m. ET
Location: Sahlen’s Stadium — Cary, North Carolina
TV: CBS | Live stream: CBS All Access
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Orlando Pride: It’s been a long time coming for Orlando, which will play its first NWSL match since Oct. 12, 2019 after the team was forced to withdraw from the Challenge Cup due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Pride have understandably gone through massive roster changes ahead of the Fall Series due to the pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding regular matchdays for women’s pro soccer players in the United States. Veteran club defender Carson Pickett is on loan with Cypriot first division club Apollon Ladies until November. USWNT forward and 2019 World Cup champion Alex Morgan left the team to join Tottenham Hotspur and compete in the FA Women’s Super League for their 2020-21 campaign.
Brazilian superstar Marta and Canadian-American forward Sydney Leroux might need to shoulder the load, but don’t be surprised if U.S. U-23 midfielder Marisa Viggiano makes an impact as she continues to build off her impressive rookie campaign.
North Carolina Courage: The Courage kicked off their Fall Series campaign in a huge way, with a thrilling 4-3 win over Challenge Cup champions Houston Dash despite missing several key starters. USWNT midfielder Sam Mewis has transferred to Manchester City, and the club is without star players like Abby Erceg and World Cup champion Crystal Dunn, who have voluntary opted out.
Despite the losses, Lynn Williams and Brazilian international Debinha were able to keep North Carolina above water in the match despite being down a goal at halftime. With new faces on the roster, coach Paul Riley shifted his usual box formation against the Dash to a three-back look, and we could probably see that again on Saturday.
Debinha who has shown the ability to turn it on despite the formation and personnel changes around her, and the team will likely rely on her playmaking and goal scoring once again.
North Carolina Courage will continue their goal scoring streak as Orlando dip their toes back into NWSL competition. Pick: Courage 3, Pride 0