Carli Lloyd returned to the Houston Dash lineup Saturday night, but the Dash still fell to the Orlando Pride, 4-2, after Marta scored two goals for Orlando.
Lloyd missed the beginning of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) season because she was overseas playing for Manchester City.
Houston has now lost six games in a row, and it spoiled the pro coaching debut of Dash interim coach Omar Morales.
“Same story, different game,” Morales said. “We go and we attack and we’re kind of on top of them. Then we give up a goal. We had some chances. That tacked on with some questionable refereeing, you get on the back end of it and you’re chasing the game again.”
Camila scored first for Orlando in the 16th minute when she hit a shot into the upper corner of the right post. Then, six minutes later, Marta, a five-time FIFA World Player of the Year, doubled Orlando’s lead. Marta scored again in the 57th minute, which was followed by a goal from Orlando’s Alanna Kennedy in the 68th minute to give Orlando a 4-0 lead.
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Houston’s Poliana put the Dash on the board in the 89th minute, when she headed in a free kick from Andressinha. Then, in the sixth minute of extra time, Nichelle Prince scored her first pro goal to cut Orlando’s lead to 4-2.
“The ball is going to roll our way,” Morales said. “I keep saying that. I really feel confident at one point in the season it’s going to change things around.”
The two teams will meet again on Saturday.