Hot on the heels of city’s excitement over our first major league soccer team, today it was announced that next year, we will get our first Women’s National Soccer League Team, the Orlando Pride.
The announcement was made yesterday at Lake Eola by Orlando City Soccer Club Founder and President Phil Rawlins, with Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Orlando City Mayor Buddy Dyer in attendance.
The Orlando Pride will kick off it’s first season in 2016, and will be coached by former head coach of the Australian and U.S. women’s national teams, Tom Sermanni. The Pride will play in the Orlando Citrus Bowl for the start of 2016 season, eventually transitioning to the Club’s new downtown stadium when construction is completed.
2016 Orlando Pride season tickets are on sale for Orlando City’s MLS Season Ticket Members now, and will go on sale to the general public at 1pm on Oct. 25. Tickets start at $13 per game during the initial season ticket sales period for 10 home games.
“The name ‘Orlando Pride’ captures how we all feel about the City of Orlando, as well as firmly tying into the Lions family,” said Rawlins. “The time is right for women’s professional soccer here in Central Florida, and we are excited to launch this new team for 2016. We want to win championships and build one of the best women’s teams in world soccer. We have taken a strong first step in this direction by naming Tom Sermanni as head coach of the Pride. Tom brings world class experience to our city, combined with the expertise to build a winning franchise. This is a thrilling time for our organization, our partners, and for fans in the ‘Soccer Capital of the South.’
Visit Orlando-Pride.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
[Images courtesy Orlando Pride; Office of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs]
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