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Red Stars earn 3 points in Orlando

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The Red Stars defeated the Orlando Pride in a 1-0 victory, the only scoreline that has ever separated the teams in three total matches, with Chicago taking all three wins.

After an hour weather delay, the Red Stars had a slow start against Orlando as Marta, Maddy Evans and Alanna Kennedy continuously pressed into Chicago's half. But Red Stars goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher came up big with a diving save off a shot from Marta in the 31st minute to keep the Pride off the board.

Orlando continued to dominate ball possession through the first half. Marta led the chase as she sent multiple crosses into the box, only to be deflected away from the net.

Chicago regained possession as the half closed out. Christen Press launched a strike at Orlando keeper Aubrey Bledsoe, but it bounced over the crossbar minutes before halftime. The Red Stars headed to the locker room as the score stood at 0-0.

Red Stars defender Sarah Gorden had a strong first NWSL start as she went head-to-head against Marta several times in the box, pushing Marta out of bounds on each challenge.

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