Orlando Pride signs Australia forward Lisa De Vanna

The Equalizer Staff August 29, 2016 38
Lisa De Vanna is back in the NWSL with the Orlando Pride. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

Lisa De Vanna is back in the NWSL with the Orlando Pride. (Photo Copyright Erica McCaulley for The Equalizer)

The Orlando Pride announced on Monday the signing of Australia forward Lisa De Vanna.

The news was first reported by The Equalizer’s Dan Lauletta. The Equalizer confirms that the signing is for the rest of the season with an option for 2017.

“I am incredibly happy to be joining the Orlando Pride and keen to be working with Tommy again,” De Vanna said. “I’m looking forward to joining the team. It’s exciting to be a part of a new team and will do my best to help the squad for the rest of the season.”

[Teammates look out for teammates: De Vanna struggles with a water bottle]

De Vanna, 31, joins the Pride after leading Australia to its first Olympic quarterfinal appearance since 2004. Australia played Brazil to a 0-0 draw in the quarterfinal before falling on penalty kicks. The Matildas captain previously played in the NWSL for Sky Blue FC, the Boston Breakers and the Washington Spirit over the course of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, falling out of favor with then Spirit head coach Mark Parsons ahead of the 2014 playoffs. She tallied six goals and seven assists over those two seasons.

De Vanna is the third Aussie on the Pride roster, joining Steph Catley (out for the season) and Laura Alleway.

Pride coach Tom Sermanni will hope De Vanna gives his team a scoring spark. Orlando has scored 15 goals in 16 games. Friday’s 2-1 loss to the Washington Spirit essentially eliminated the Pride’s longshot playoff hopes, though Orlando is not yet mathematically eliminated.

Sermanni previously coached De Vanna as coach of the Australia national team.

“We’re delighted to sign a player of Lisa’s quality to add to the depth of the team and our attacking presence,” Sermanni said. “Lisa is a world-class player, a game-changer and I’m looking forward to coaching her again.”

  • hummmm

    yes, but … for what ?

    the league is over for orlando, isn’it a little bit to late to compose a team, 9 points + bad avergage goals, and 4 games to play….

    we can’t even say whether to prepare for next season

    i don’t understand the principe of managment of certain teams or coach, are they not Sences prepare their team several months in advance or build somthing for the futur with youths

    • Steglitz49

      Indeed. DeVanna has wandered the earth and not stayed long in any spot, a bit like Jodie Taylor. She is not getting any younger.

      The NWSL does a great job training the Matildas. They also sport the odd New Zealander too. Maybe rename it the ANZACL?

      • HOFCToDi

        An extension of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships:


        • Steglitz49

          I was not aware that Brazil and Argentina had a coastline on the Pacific but seeing that WoSo players from all those nations grace the NWSL, your point is well taken.

          High time to book your package trips to Holland for Euo-17. Holland is small in area, no bigger than NJ, so if you chose a strategic city with good connections, like Utrecht or Amsterdam, getting to all the matches should be a doddle. heck, you could probably cycle.

          • HOFCToDi

            No thanks.

            The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup is by far more appealing.

          • Steglitz49

            The Cheltenham Gold Cup?

          • Hugo

            I thought the EU 2017 is played in the Netherlands and not just in Holland

          • Steglitz49

            The province of Holland was divided into North-Holland and South-Holland a while back. Which one were you thinking of?

          • Hugo

            South-Holland and North-Holland are just 2 out of 12 provinces. EU 2017 locations such as Breda, Tilburg and Enschede are for sure not located in one of those 2 provinces

            But nervermind, just wanted to be a little bit pedantic

          • Steglitz49

            I learnt that when you say Holland you mean the whole country colloquially as an alternative to saying The Netherlands. If you want to speak about the provinves you say North- and South-Holland.

          • Hugo

            Maybe true. I know that Holland is especially used for soccer and tourism. But I also heard that those not living in those two Holland-provinces are not always happy with that term

          • Steglitz49

            Many call the USA America, which is not correct either but everyone understands what you mean. Likewise, the Americans say the US and the row USA.

            The Dutch play in orange because of the House of Orange. Many Swedes now consider their whole blue change strip as the “lucky” strip and blame the loss in the OG final on having to play in the standard yellow though without blue shorts.

          • Hugo

            The funny part is that Holland and Germany have a huge rivalry when it comes to soccer

            But before the game starts the Dutch sing their national item which starts with the following sentances

            William of Nassau

            am I, of German blood.

            Loyal to the fatherland

            I will remain until I die.

            A prince of Orange

            am I, free and fearless.

          • Steglitz49

            Vow! That I did not know. I know that the Hunger Winter has left an indelible distrust, dislike and even hatred of Germans, which seems to descend at least to the third and probably fourth generation if not forever.

          • Steg Watch

            The Netherlands: 16,040 mi^2
            New Jersey: 8,730 mi^2

            The Netherlands: 16.8 million people
            New Jersey: 8.94 million people

            Quit smoking and go back to primary school.

          • Steglitz49

            What matters for WoSo is that Euro-17 is at least as well attended as Euro-13 was. Therefore, have you booked your travel yet? Tickets to the matches you can always buy as and when.

          • sudeep das

            Absolutely loved Amsterdam – a great cosmopolitan city outside the Anglo-sphere. A strong recommendation to all our posters.

      • backsteggie

        MAY BE It’s not a bad idea to catch up with some old homies.

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  • x

    An option for 2017…whose option?

    • guest

      NWSL “standard” contracts are reported to be 1 season with team option to pick up 2nd season – although NWSL/teams usually do not disclose contract terms. The NWSL calendar gives the teams until mid Oct to exercise the contract extension to 2nd year option.

  • Breakers fan

    I think it’s a brilliant signing. We’ll see how she does. You wonder how much playing time she’ll get? With she and Morgan up top that’s some serious speed. I think Spencer’s very fast too but I’m not certain.

    As x alludes to below, what exactly does “with an option” mean?

    • Rufan

      The press release does not mention an option but normally it’s a team’s option, but even if Tom wanted her back next year, Lisa would want to. In early ’14, she did not want to go back to SB (even for Garbarra) but willing to Boston. Her welcome there ended fast (esp. after the red card for her comments to the ref at the game at SB) and traded to Wash.

    • Guest

      LDV is nothing but trouble. A first class head case for every coach.

      • Breakers fan

        Please provide anecdotal evidence of this. Whaddya know that we may not?

        • Steglitz49

          Her reputation goes before her and is well deserved.

          She has played for 13 clubs (maybe more) in some cases <6 months. She played twice in Sweden but started off in England as well as time in her own Australia and the US. Jodie Taylor is cut from the same cloth.

  • Guest

    USSoccer released the video of them giving the news to Hope, and her upset reaction. WTF is wrong with them? Just shows their agenda to humiliate her and kill the equal pay dispute. They are despicable.

    • Ashley C

      What are you talking about? That was Solo’s decision. It’s for a doc she’s doing called Keeping Score. A camera crew has been following her for a while now.

  • Guest

    Good addition if they can keep for for 2017 lineup. They will need to fill a few more spots though to really be competitive

    De Vanna……..Morgan………xxxxxxxx..

    • guest

      right should say Belanger*

    • mockmook

      I think they already have the pieces to finish the season strong, get Bélanger to the front:


      For the 2017 draft (if they have 3 picks), they need a CB, CAM, and Forward (in that order).

      They should also attempt to trade Pressley, Hagen, Monica, and Levin for whatever they can get for them.

      • Steglitz49

        Mônica? Why trade Monica? She played well in Rio.

  • FawcettFan14

    Her last NWSL stint ended in ugly fashion, getting left behind by Parsons for the Washington Spirit’s playoff game in 2014 for behavioral reasons. Mostly I remember her getting caught offside and being disgusted with her teammates when passes were misplaced. Oh yeah and the bicycle kick.

    However it seems she has matured a lot since then. Much better attitude on the pitch now and she even captains Australia sometimes. She isn’t as lightning quick as she used to be but still has pace and trickery. An odd time for a signing if Sermanni didn’t have intentions of bringing her back next season.

    • Steglitz49

      LDV will soon be 32. Thus some maturity is to be expected even if it does not materialize.

  • tweet!

    LDV is driven to recapture the most offside record from Ohai. Let the flagging begin.

  • Calci0

    I was really hoping Hagen would take off under Sermanni, not sure what this addition will do to her playing time. At this point, I wonder if a return trip to Europe would benefit her?

    • Guest

      If they stick with a 4-3-3 then it probably won’t affect Hagen much since Morgan is locked into the CF spot and Hagen can’t really play on the wing, but if they switch to a 4-4-2 which would probably suit their speed better (like it does for WNY), then it would probably affect Hagen more.

    • Steglitz49

      Sarah had 18 most successful months playing for Bayern Munich’s ladies. It would be hard but not impossible to replicate that. Most people prefer to live in their own countries. A stint in Japan would be a cultural experience.