CARY, N.C. – First year training Orlando Pride Marc Skinner received some inspired words from across the ponds after the 2nd Port Pride opened 2-0 for the Thorns Portland.
His former players from Birmingham City Women reached his new club in the right direction.
“Just going,‘ Remember the process, because they are much better than we were when we first started there, ”said Skinner on Tuesday during interviews with Pro Soccer USA. “And so, remember the process, even when all the naysayers say you can't do it, you remember the process and then, at the end of the results.”
From the beginning of season training, Skinner has stated that the Pride will stand with one play style. He will have another opportunity to test his team against one of the best in the series when the Pride (0-1-0, 0 points) faces the North Carolina Mother (0-0-1, 1 point) at 7 pm Wednesday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
The change that works in favor of the Pride is the international from Australia Alanna Kennedy and Emily van Egmond made the trip to North Carolina after both of them lost the opening season because of illness. They trained with the rest of the club on Tuesday evenings.
“They are better,” he said of Kennedy and van Egmond. “They are better. They are tough on Aussie girls and the spirit of combat is that they have received. It was like a small virus. He did not rip off, but they could not breathe effectively enough to play a game. They are feeling better. Another day rest, recovery, I am sure they want to go.
“They were very scarce to lose the first game. They need their characters. We must introduce them and around the staff. Two players would actually lose very good and so no one them. ”
Last season, the Pride changed shape and tactics after loss, so towards the end of the season as the team tried to find a winning combination as he fought to stay above the playing line.
Skinner said that he does not intend to “put up the script.” The Courage are the second team in three prizes of three Pride to start the season. After Wednesday's match, Orlando will travel to play Reign FC in Tacoma.
“Regardless of whether it is better or not, we have to do that,” said Skinner when asked if the Pride was going with the new style.
“We have a way of playing. But again, and I think we've discussed this before, people are drowned with formats. Observed with shapes. It is a shape to get the ball back and then shape to handle the opposition.
“What these players have to understand is what numbers must be in these spaces. That is the formation at that point. From the point of view of static view, in terms of protection, we will shape. But no, it is about adaptation, unchanged. Adapting to the situations, threats they face, our strengths against their threats. If we can do that, we will be effective in every game. ”
The Pride lost at the 4-0 Courage in a friendly.
“We have an idea of how we want to play against them and how we want to oppose the game,” said Skinner. “Again, a very difficult team, especially on their own park. But that's why we're here. That's the challenge. We will try some things. We will talk to the players to see how they feel because they have to do it. ”
Players and Skinner showed disappointment on the performance of the team after Sunday's match.
“You will have to take losses when it really hurts to get the right details,” he said. “Because you know if you don't have the data, it hurts. That human nature to do so better. ”
Having tackled three 2018 playoff teams to open the season, the Pride of Utah Royals, who was fifth in the last season, gets. It means that Pride has the high task of adapting his new play style against the most difficult teams in the series.
“Be honest,” said Skinner. “I don't think there is enough honesty about training. If they do not, they will not get the merits or outcomes they deserve. They must function and you must challenge yourself against the best if you want to be the best. That is the only thing I ever know, if you want to be the best, it's more than it is about anything else.
“You can't break and go through a season. That is what we have to do: longevity when players are accountable to themselves and each other. That's when you will be very successful. ”