Monday, July 22, 2024

Marta: Barbra Banda was the missing piece in the jigsaw

Orlando Pride legend Marta is impressed with Barbra Banda’s all round contribution to the team’s 14 match unbeaten streak.

Zambian scored twice to give her a league-leading 10 goals in 10 matches.

Orlando Pride remained undefeated with a 6-0 victory over the Utah Royals on Friday night in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Marta also scored a pair of goals for the Pride who sit atop the league standings with 32 points.

“She works so hard. She works so hard defending and on offense,” Marta said.

“We know how fast she is and we need to work to put the ball in the space and a good position for her,” she added

“I think we did good and that’s why we have the system.

“A couple of years ago we created a lot of chances but didn’t have that player to finish the service,” Marta said as she assessed Banda’s impact since she joined.

“This year with her and of course, because of her, it opens more space for other players.

“She scored two goals today but we had a lot of other chances from other players, so I think it’s collective work and we are happy to have her here and I hope she keeps doing that.”

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