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Marc Skinner: Orlando Pride invigorated by worst NWSL tournament draw

His team will face the top three finishers from the 2019 season in the opening round of NWSL tournament, which kicks off the league’s 2020 season that was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pride will play the Chicago Red Stars, Portland Thorns and North Carolina Courage during the opening eight days of the tournament. Skinner sees this challenge as an opportunity to redeem the team’s bottom-rung finish last year.

“We have things that we have to right from last year, that’s just fuel to our fire,” Skinner said. “It was a favorable draw [because] you want to play the best teams.