Orlando Pride midfielder Maddy Evans is retiring and will play her final match on Saturday, August 12, as the Pride host Sky Blue FC, Evans and the Pride announced on Thursday.
“My decision to walk away happened very fast but I’ve accepted a job back home in West Chester [Pennsylvania]. It wasn’t an easy decision but, for me professionally and big picture, it’s the perfect fit and best option for me at this time,” Evans said in a statement released by the Pride. “I want to thank all of Orlando City, especially my teammates, the fans and the entire organization for providing me a chance to really feel what it means to be a professional soccer player. These two years have been an experience I’ll always remember.”
Evans has spent the past two seasons (27 appearances, 16 starts) in Orlando after playing for the first three NWSL seasons (46 appearances) with the Boston Breakers. She has two goals and four assists.
“It’s with very mixed feelings that we see Maddy go. The first is obviously sadness that we are losing a player with such influence on the team, both on and off the field, and with such a great relationship with our supporters. Maddy has been an unbelievable team character, irreplaceable in that sense. So it’s with a lot of sadness we say goodbye,” Pride head coach Tom Sermanni said. “But, at the same time, it’s exciting for her to look at this opportunity that’s cropped up. Having five years as a professional in the league, she feels the time is right to move to the next stage in her life and career and we share her excitement for that. We wish her every success for the future.”