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Orlando Pride Announce Full 2020 NWSL Schedule

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To call the 2020 Pride schedule a tough one is an understatement.

SOCCER: OCT 12 NWSL - Reign FC at Orlando Pride Photo by Joe Petro/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The complete NWSL schedule was released today, with the 2020 season kicking off on Saturday, April 18 and the Orlando Pride’s season getting underway on Sunday, April 19 at home against Sky Blue FC. It is Orlando’s third consecutive season starting the NWSL schedule at home. The first two Pride matches of the season were already known, but the rest of the schedule is now out and fans are free to make plans for the 2020 season.

The season will feature each NWSL side playing all the others three times, as in years past.

The 2020 schedule is no picnic for the Pride. Orlando will play seven of its first 10 on the road. The Pride have two three-game road trips in that opening 10-game span. The first of those will be May 6-23 — a brutal stretch at Portland, Chicago, and North Carolina, consecutively. After a single home match against Houston on Wednesday, May 27, Orlando will again go on the road for three straight matches from May 30 to June 19 at Washington, Utah, and Reign FC.

In addition to starting the season mostly on the road, the Pride will also finish the NWSL slate mainly away from Exploria Stadium, facing three of their final five opponents away from home.

The Pride’s longest home stand will be three games from June 26 to July 12, when Orlando will host Washington, Portland, and Reign FC. If Orlando is going to get anything done this season, it will need to win on the road and make the most of a nine-game stretch between June 26 and Aug. 30 when the team will play seven times at Exploria Stadium and only twice on the road.

If you’re wondering if all those home games come while the Pride’s internationals are away — of course they do! (Many of them, anyway.) There is a break in the Pride’s schedule starting after the team’s July 18 match until Aug. 2. The women’s soccer tournament at the 2020 Olympics in Japan takes place from July 22 to Aug. 7. When you throw in pre-Olympic camps and/or friendlies, it’s likely Orlando’s best players will be away for at least five of the team’s seven home games during that interval — that’s nearly half of the club’s 12 home games overall.

The Pride has had some difficult schedules in the past, but it’s hard to fathom one that could be less advantageous than the one the NWSL has handed the team in 2020. Without comparing it note for note with other teams, it’s hard to say if the Pride have it worse than others, but on the surface, it seems like the perfect storm of schedules.

Here’s the full slate: