USA 🇺🇸: Banda and Chawinga Shine in Top-of-the-Table Clash

USA 🇺🇸: Banda and Chawinga Shine in Top-of-the-Table Clash

Barbra Banda scored the opening goal and played a crucial role in winning a penalty for the second goal in Orlando Pride’s narrow away victory over Kansas City Current in the National Women’s Super League.

Malawi’s Temwa Chawinga netted the consolation goal for Kansas City Current.

The Zambian international gave Orlando Pride the lead in the 37th minute, capitalizing on a loose ball after Adriana’s shot was deflected into her path.

Just a minute later, Chawinga made a fantastic run, beating four Pride defenders before slotting the ball past Anna Moorhouse.

Two minutes after that, Orlando Pride was reduced to ten players when Carrie Lawrence was sent off for a second bookable offense, both fouls committed against Chawinga.

In the second half, Pride aimed to contain the most offensive team in the league despite being a player down.

Following a brilliant run by Banda, she threaded a pass to Adriana, whose initial shot was blocked but led to a penalty due to her persistence.

Marta stepped up and scored with finesse, executing a cheeky dink into the center of the goal, sending Adrianna Franch the wrong way.

Anna Moorhouse made some fine saves towards the end of the match to ensure Orlando Pride secured the victory and extended their unbeaten run.

This loss was Kansas City’s first of the season, ending their 17-match unbeaten streak.

Banda has now scored 12 goals in 12 games, making her the first player in NWSL history to reach 12 goals in under 16 appearances.

She will now shift her focus to the 2024 Paris Olympics as she joins the Copper Queens later this week.

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