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NWSL: Orlando Pride re-signs four players

The Orlando Pride announced the signing of four players on Thursday.

The Pride have been quiet this off-season, only making one big signing, bringing in Ali Krieger in a trade with the Washington Spirit.

Now, the Pride have announced the signings of forward Jasmyne Spencer, midfielder Maddy Evans, defender Toni Pressley and goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe.

Spencer, 26, signed with the Pride in 2016, the club’s inaugural season. She made only seven appearances, and didn’t manage to score a single goal. Spencer started her career in 2012, and has since made 100 competitive appearances in both the United States and abroad. In addition, she played college soccer at the University of Maryland from 2008-11.

Evans, 25, also signed with the Pride during their first year in the NWSL. She appeared in five matches, also not scoring for the Pride. She started her career in 2013 with the Boston Breakers, and spent three seasons in Boston making 46 appearances, and scoring two goals. She spent her college career at Penn State University from 2009-12.

Pressley, 26, made three appearances for the Pride in 2016. She started her career in 2008, and has since made 53 appearances in competitive competitions. She spent her college days with the Florida State Seminoles, where she made 96 appearances.

As for Bledsoe, 25, she spent 2016 as a backup to Ashlyn Harris. Bledsoe made one appearance for the Pride in 2016, while also dealing with a broken leg injury.  Bledsoe started her career back in 2014 and has since made 12 appearances domestically and abroad. She attended Wake Forest University from 2010-13.

“We’re delighted to bring back this group of players that made up a strong portion of our inaugural roster,” Pride Head Coach Tom Sermanni said. “With the re-signing of these players, paired with the acquisitions we’ve made during the offseason, I’m confident in the talent and competitiveness we’ve compiled for the upcoming NWSL season.”

The Orlando Pride will open up their season in April. The NWSL schedule for 2017 has yet to be released.


Photo of the Orlando Pride courtesy of the Orlando Sentinel.

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