The history between the Orlando Pride and the Portland Thorns includes more than just a disappointing 2017 NWSL semifinal showing for the Pride.
Yes, a 4-1 loss at Providence Park last season in front of a crowd of 18,193 means the Pride are looking for some revenge after a bitter end to the 2017 season.
But the Thorns have been the antagonist in the Pride’s NWSL story since Orlando’s inaugural game in 2016.
Overall, the Pride are 0-4-1 against the Thorns, including playoff games.
“It’s strange because they are a team that, particularly in our games out there, we’ve played well for large parts of the game and we just don’t seem to be able to get over the line.
I felt for a large, large part of the game, we were the better team, but we just don’t seem to be able to get over the line against them.
“It’s early season and we’re looking a little bit like an early-season team that’s not quite up to match speed yet,” Sermanni said.