Marta’s FK goal earns the Pride a 1-1 draw vs. the Reign
Allie Long scored for the Reign

Allie Long and Seattle Reign FC scored first, but Marta equalized for the Orlando Pride with a stunning free kick as the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw on Saturday night at Orlando City Stadium in front of a crowd of 5,058.

Long’s goal is her first with Seattle after playing the last five seasons for Portland Thorns FC. It came in the 33rd minute after a Christine Nairn foul on Jess Fishlock gave the Reign a free kick in the final third.

Nahomi Kawasumi took the free kick, which was punched away by Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. Nairn’s attempted clearance popped the ball up and it was headed on by Megan Oyster to Long, who hit a left-footed shot past Harris to make it 1-0.



But Marta, in her first game back since Week 1, would have her say in the second half. A foul on Alex Morgan by Oyster gave the Pride a free kick from 25 yards out on the right side of the field. Marta, Nairn and Alanna Kennedy — who scored a free kick goal herself last year — stood over the ball, but it was Marta who stepped up and struck it with her left foot, bending it around the wall and over a diving Michelle Betos to tie the game 1-1.



Betos made a pair of back-to-back saves on the Pride earlier in the game.



Both teams saw a number of internationals return to their lineups following Women’s World Cup qualifying for Australia, Brazil and Japan. The Reign welcomed back Kawasumi, Rumi Utsugi and Steph Catley to the field on the evening. The Pride saw Marta, Kennedy and Monica return to the starting lineup and new midfielder Emily van Egmond make her Pride debut in the second half.

Fishlock left the game in the 53rd minute with an apparent right knee injury. She walked off the field under her power, but was replaced by Morgan Andrews.

With the draw, the Reign are now 2-1-1 and the Pride are 1-2-2 so far this season.

The Pride will head to Chicago to face the Red Stars on Wednesday. The Reign will head to Portland to take on the Thorns on Saturday.

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