Just two days after the team announced her signing Kaitlyn Savage was in goal for the Pride Friday morning at training. She’ll start on Sunday when Orlando hosts the Boston Breakers, she’s not even nervous.
“To be honest I’ve done it before,” said the goalkeeper. “So I kind of had an idea of what to expect. I’m pretty outgoing so it could be harder, but the girls have been great, the coaching staff has been amazing and they’ve made it as easy as it has been.”
Savage comes to Orlando after most recently playing in New Zealand. She says she’s already comfortable with her new team and the hardest part of this quick transition isn’t even soccer related.
“Probably just the jet lag to be honest,” said Savage. “I’m still recovering a bit coming from New Zealand but at the end of the day it’s just something you have to manage.”
“She’s had a very good season in the W league,” said Pride head coach Tom Sermanni. “She’s an experienced goalkeeper now. I think she’s very confident in herself, the players are obviously confident in her, so hopefully that will stand her in good stead and things will go okay.”
The Boston Breakers enter Orlando with one win and nine losses. They’re sit in last place in the NWSL standings. But despite where they are on the table coach Sermanni says they’re not overlooking their opponent and will be ready.
“You can get misled with some of the things that are going against them at the moment,” said Sermanni. “But what I’ve seen from them is they’ve been competitive for long spells in their games.”
A game that will be important for the Pride to win to get back in the playoff picture.