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A year after their last game, Orlando Pride set to roll out depleted roster

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The Orlando Pride haven’t played a competitive soccer match since Oct. 12, 2019. That was over 11 months ago, in last season’s National Women’s Soccer League play.

A team that saw themselves in ninth place — dead last in the league — wanted to flip the script early in 2020. They made various roster moves, acquiring U.S. international Emily Sonnett and signing experiences internationals Ali Riley and Jade Moore.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic shocked the world and brought everything, including sports, to a screeching halt. And even as the NWSL scrambled to put together a month-long summer competition — the NWSL Challenge Cup. — the Pride watched from the sidelines due to a series of COVID-19 scares within the team (most of which ended up being inaccurate results).

Now, the Pride are gearing up for their first match in almost a year.

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