So I almost lost my job today for backhand slapping a guy that grabbed my ass when I handed him his groceries and the look on my managers face when the guy tried to justify what he’d done was truly priceless
Are the Pride on the worst winless streak of NWSL history?
tl;dr: If they don’t beat undefeated North Carolina at home next week, then don’t beat Seattle on the road in 2 weeks, then yes, the Pride will own the longest winless streak in NWSL history at 14, with 8 to end 2016 and 6 to begin 2017.
The longest losing streak to start a season is 5 (2016 Boston), a record that the Pride have already avoided threatening with today’s week 2′s draw vs. Washington.
The longest losing streak in any circumstance is 9 (2013 Seattle), a record the Pride avoided threatening with today’s week 2′s draw vs. Washington.
The longest winless streak to start a season was 2013 Seattle (11; 2D, 9L). The Pride are winless through 4 to start the season and must go winless through their next 8 matches (NC, @ SEA, @ NJ, BOS, @ HOU, HOU, @ NJ, CHI) to break that record. If they do, the match where they break it will be at home.
The longest winless streak in any circumstance is 2013 Washington (13; 1D, 12L). The Pride are winless through their last 12 (last 8 of 2016 + first 4 of 2017; 3D, 9L). To break this record, the Pride must go winless through their next 2 matches (NC, @ SEA). If they do, the match where they break it will be in Seattle.
So far in Orlando’s streak, they’ve been outscored 25-11. They’ve been shut out only 3 times but scored more than 1 goal only twice in that span, both times in matches where they also conceded at least 4 goals.
The two teams they face in the next two weeks, NC and Seattle, are two of the four teams the Pride have ever beaten in the NWSL, winning 2-0 at home vs. Seattle in their fourth match and 1-0 at home against the Flash in their fifth match. (The Pride beat Houston three times and Boston once, accounting for the franchise’s 6 total wins.) However, in their last two matches against the Flash/Courage and last match against Seattle, Orlando has been outscored 9-3, including a 5-2 loss to Seattle and 3-1 loss to North Carolina.
None of the players who scored Orlando’s goals in those 2016 victories (Sarah Hagen, Lianne Sanderson, Alex Morgan) will play for the Pride in these upcoming matches, with Hagen now with Houston, Sanderson not on any team’s roster, and Morgan in France.
A night that changed my life. I had spent hours on my sign and day dreamed of pushing the button - and meeting my idols- every single day. When they didn’t show up to Resolution, I was heart broken. But it made me even more determined! Being chosen for such an experience…..is truly unbelievable. I’m still having a hard time processing that this actually happened to me.
I was balling the entire time (clearly) and being guided through the narrow hallways of the Showbox to get backstage is something I will never forget. When I was waiting for my time to get on, I felt like my legs were going to give out, then Paavo started walking towards me, and I was introduced to him. I couldn’t help but run/tackle hug him, almost knocking him off his feet as he said ‘Hello Kyra!’. He brought me out to the stage and Jono, where I hugged him too and he kissed me on the cheek. I looked out to the crowd, and the first thing I thought was, 'wow, my A&B family looks so fucking beautiful from up here!’, and I immediately had love for every single person in the crowd. We were all one that night. Jono told me to 'push the button whenever I was ready’, I took a deep breath, drank it all in, and then boom. Next thing I know i’m dancing and crying even harder and Paavo and I are jumping together.
There were so many things I wanted to say to them but everything was happening so fast and I was so overwhelmed that all I could do was hug them and cry. I can’t believe I was given this gift of pushing the button, and making my dreams come true.
This is something I will never, ever forget and I will cherish it forever.
Thank you USC, thank you Above & Beyond, and thank you to everyone who was there to make my night so special.
She had nowhere to be for once. She had no surgery, no meeting, no rounds; she had nothing to do except ride the elevator to the top floor and step off it. How hard could it be? The bell to the lift rang out and the doors slid open, revealing Owen. He looked up and smiled when he noticed it was her.
“Good morning,” he greeted, stepping a little to the right for her to join him.
“Hey,” she replied. She had not seen him since the night they had almost kissed in Derek’s bedroom after listening to the voicemail. If she was being honest with herself, she had desperately wanted to see him that night. She had willed her feet to walk her down to his trailer, her hand to knock on the door, offer a bottle of sparkling water (perhaps raspberry this time) and demand his attention, but her feet had not done as they were told. They had taken her to her own bed and she had not seen him for the past week.
“Going up?” he asked, pulling her out of her thoughts.
“Yeah, to my office… Hey, I’ve not seen you in a while,” she commented, looking over to him.
“I was on leave… spent the whole thing apartment hunting,” he explained, smiling at her as he leaned forward to press the button he knew she needed. “Meanwhile I’ve been Owen hunting,” she bitterly thought to herself.
“Did you find anything?”
“Nope,” he said, putting his hands deep in his pockets and looking up to where the floor numbers were lighting up. “Apparently, my heart wants to stay in the tiny trailer in the middle of the woods for the rest of my life.”
“Understandable. It’s a beautiful location and you won’t beat it in Seattle.”
He nodded, looking unsure of what to say next. The door pinged at the next floor and a huge group of new interns flooded onto the elevator. Amelia and Owen were forced to step towards the very back corner of the elevator.
“OK, so we’re now going to the NICU, don’t touch any babies, don’t touch the tubes, the machines, don’t touch,” Edwards ordered, facing the front and treating the interns like minions.
Amelia shuffled to stand a little in front of Owen as an intern beside her began furiously jotting notes down, taking up extra elbow room. She could feel Owen’s warm breath hitting the back of her neck and she succombed to the feeling by leaning on his chest slightly.
“This is a little cosy,” he whispered, leaning his head down so he spoke directly into her ear. She could hear the smile in his voice and she couldn’t help but grin and close her eyes at the contact. She suddenly felt her fingers being intertwined with his behind her back as he pulled her closer to him. It was their thing- holding hands- it’s what they did, and this is how she managed to convince herself it was completely normal to be standing like a lovestruck teenager at the back of an elevator, goofily grinning because she was holding hands with the boy she had a crush on.
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