The National Women’s Soccer League finally has its 10th team, and it will be coached by a successful boss.
Ex-USWNT boss Tom Sermanni is set to lead the Orlando Pride into battle next season, with a similar color scheme to the Lions from Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer.
It’ll be interesting to see which USWNT players will be ready to play for Sermanni in club soccer. It’s been widely-speculated that the leadership group of players in the national team engineered his exit in 2014.
Orlando becomes the third NWSL franchise owned by a group which also owns the city’s Major League Soccer franchise, joining Portland Thorns FC (sister club of Portland Timbers FC) and the Houston Dash (sister club of the Houston Dynamo).
That puts teams in the states of Florida, Washington, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Illinois, Texas, Kansas and Oregon.
And Pride, in addition to being a group of lions, is a shrewd and forward-thinking marketing move from the OCSC brass.