The next fully professional women’s league in America wouldn’t be formed until Women’s Professional Soccer began play in 2009.
While not one of the NWSL’s founding teams, the Orlando Pride have wasted little time in leaving a mark on the league, and women’s soccer in America as a whole.
Women’s National Team every four years when the Women’s World Cup rolls around, but in between those four years that soccer fever doesn’t burn quite as hot.
“I truly believe in the future of this league, I truly believe that the game is going to grow and that the league is going to grow with the game,” Leitao said at Media Day “I’m happy with where we are right now and I’m pretty sure that the league is going to be even better in the next couple of years.” As women’s professional soccer continues to take hold in the United States, the Pride are in the position of becoming one of the NWSL’s standard bearers, and by extension a standard bearer for the women’s game as well.
In only its second year, the team has already become one of the more recognizable faces of the NWSL, and because of that the women in purple are slowly but surely helping women’s professional soccer find its place in the American sporting landscape