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Orlando Pride see rookie Taylor Kornieck as key addition to attack

It’s Italian for “play smart,” a phrase Kornieck’s grandfather repeated before all of her games while she was growing up.

As she enters her first season of professional soccer, those words are a reminder to Kornieck of how to establish success — use her head, study the game and constantly seek out opportunities to improve.

Before he drafted Kornieck with the No. 3 overall pick in the 2020 NWSL Draft, Pride coach Marc Skinner sat down each prospect for a 45-minute interview.

He wanted to assess whether draftees seemed prepared to transition from college to the pros.