Orlando Pride defender Carrie Lawrence out indefinitely

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Orlando Pride defender Carrie Lawrence is out indefinitely after tearing her ACL in training camp, the club announced Tuesday.

“It’s unfortunate and we’re saddened for Carrie to be facing an injury like this, but the ownership, staff, and team are fully rallying around her,” Orlando Pride general manager Haley Carter said in the club statement.

The former University of Central Florida defender signed a two-year contract extension in the winter to stay with the Pride. Lawrence has made 18 appearances for Orlando since joining for the 2020 Fall Series.

She didn't make an appearance in 2021, but Lawrence had a bit of a breakout campaign last season making 14 appearances and playing over 1,000 minutes for the Pride. She provided one assist last season.

Lawrence made 37 combined tackles and interceptions last season. She also made 41 clearances.

Orlando's defense will feature some new faces this season. No. 3 overall draft pick Emily Madril will be one of the top prospects for the team this year after a sterling college career at Florida State. Celia Jiménez Delgado and Kylie Strom were among the top appearance leaders for the Pride's backline last season.

The Pride's 2023 season starts March 26 on the road against the reigning NWSL Champion Portland Thorns. Orlando's home opener is Apr. 2 against Angel City FC.