Thursday Roundup: Marta confirmed available for Pride home opener

The Equalizer Staff April 13, 2017 20

Also in today’s roundup, former NWSL stars return to tournament action this weekend

Tom Sermanni confirmed that Marta will be available for Orlando's home opener on April 22. (Getty Images)

Tom Sermanni confirmed that Marta will be available for Orlando’s home opener on April 22. (Getty Images)

Tom Sermanni has confirmed that Marta will be available for the Pride’s home opener according to Orlando Sentinel reporter Mike Gramajo. It was revealed yesterday during a conference call with NWSL media members that the Brazilian superstar would be unavailable for the Pride’s season opener this weekend in Portland as a result of pending visa issues. Luckily for Sermanni and Orlando fans, those issues will be resolved in time for Marta to join her team at Orlando City Stadium for the Pride’s season opener against the Washington Spirit on April 22.

Marta made international headlines when it was announced last Friday that the five-time FIFA Women’s Player of the Year would be leaving Swedish club FC Rosengård to sign with the Pride.

American superstars return to European tournament action

While most United States women’s national team stars are kicking off the 2017 NWSL with their clubs this weekend, Alex Morgan, Carli Lloyd and Crystal Dunn will also be returning to the pitch with their European clubs.

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Just a day after the Portland Thorns open at home against the Orlando Pride, clubs that have both featured Morgan on their rosters, the American forward will be competing with Olympique Lyonnais in their quest to win their sixth consecutive Coupe de France Féminine. Lyon takes on Hénin-Beaumont in the tournament semifinal round on Sunday, April 16. Lyon defeated Rodez, 6-0, in the quarterfinals on March 12 to advance to Sunday’s semis, thanks largely to a hat trick scored by Morgan in her first 90-minute match for the club.

Lloyd and Dunn will also be competing in semifinal action in the SSE Women’s FA Cup on Monday, April 17. Lloyd’s Manchester City will be taking on Liverpool, while Dunn’s Chelsea Ladies will be competing against Birmingham City. Man City defeated Bristol City, 2-1, on March 26 to advance to Monday’s semis, while Chelsea defeated Sunderland, 5-1, to avoid elimination. Neither Lloyd nor Dunn scored in their team’s matches. Birmingham City stunned fans around the world when they knocked out reigning FA Cup Champions Arsenal, current home of Heather O’Reilly, in the quarterfinals.

If both Man City and Chelsea are successful, the two USWNT teammates will be facing off in the FA Cup Final. The Final will be played on Saturday, May 13 at Wembley Stadium. 

  • guest

    Marta has her work cut out for her, like AMorgs did, playing midfield and forward simultaneously. Godspeed, ORLPRIDE.

    • FawcettFan14

      Acquiring Kennedy means Orlando can move Monica to midfield to join Edmonds and likely Driesse. Until Morgan is back and Rachel Hill finishes school, Marta will be needed up front. When those other players return she can play a free AM role maybe.

    • Calci0

      I think she can play a role “similar” to Little’s when she was with the Reign. Even with Morgan out. Between Fields, Spencer, and Ubogagu, they have options up front. With defenses focusing on Marta, it should give them more room to operate.

      • Guest

        None of whom are goal scorers

        • Calci0

          In your opinion.

          • Guest

            In my opinion? Ubogagu scored 1 goal last year and fields scored 0. That does not qualify them to be goal scorers via fact or opinion

          • Calci0

            I took your initial comment as they do not have the capability/skill to score at the NWSL level. And at this stage in their careers, I think to make that statement is shortsighted. Guess the season will tell the story….

  • Ron Rocha

    Dunn and the Chelsea match will be shown live on Chelsea TV. It appears that you have to be a Fan Club member at cost of about $9 a month.

    • Steglitz49

      http://www.chelseafc.com/teams/chelsea-ladies.html

      Just look at the team foto. 11 support staff in addition to the head and assistant coach. Lolo Fors — Schillgard to Boston fans — noted the difference between playing for Liverpool Ladies and her Swedish club team. It was not just better equipment, but a better team bus, not a bone shaker, when it was a late kick-off or far to travel back they stayed in 4-star hotels not sleeping on the bus home to save money, etc etc.

  • Movement

    If someone (this time last year) said that we’d be watching Marta next season playing on Lifetime TV, then it would be viewed as hysterical.

    Times have changed.

    • Som Termanni

      Pretty sure, even though it’s really happening, it’s still kinda of hysterical to say it out loud. In fact, it seems like everything being said just today about streaming is hysterics.

  • Rdalford

    Have plans (with some of the grandkids) to attend the Orlando Pride home opener match on Sat 4/22. Was looking forward to experiencing the new Orlando stadium – now also Marta. Orlando has fair amount of coverage/interest from local media and club was already pushing to try and sell out the new stadium for Pride home opener. Having Marta confirmed should help ticket sales. Taking the other set of grandkids to Washington Spirit and NC Courage match on 4/15. Off season has been too long.

    • Steglitz49

      Marta in the flesh is something else. I know she is 31 now and I missed her prime but she ought to be worth the trip. Let’s hope so because she truly is the greatest female player of all time.

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      • Rdalford

        During WPS I was lucky enough to see to see Marta play many times for the three years she (and the WPS) were around. I know Marta is past her prime and it remains to be seen how well Sermanni/Orlando utilize Marta but still looking forward to watching her in person again.

        • Steglitz49

          Indeed. The good burghers of Umeå still consider her “their girl”. Aged 18 she came to them in the north of Sweden and played 5 seasons (maybe it was 6).

  • Reality
    • Ethan

      Not about the play in the video, but much better background music than what’s in a lot of highlight/all touches videos (at least in my opinion). A number of quality goals, and loved the roulettes.

      • Reality

        WoSo Comps makes excellent videos…

        https://m.youtube.com/c/WoSoComp

        It was fun to watch the “Skills” section of Marta’s compilation. Looking forward to being able to watch her regularly with the NWSL.

    • Steglitz49

      Thank you but we need the tapes from the glory years like 2004-2010 or thereabouts.

      Like Johan Cruyff, Marta is unlikely to win a WC or OG (he did not even win the EC). Whether she will be a great coach only time will tell.