Orlando Pride bolstered their midfield depth with the signing of Canadian international Jordyn Listro until the rest of 2022 NWSL season. The midfielder returns to Pride after a year with Kansas City Current. Listro was out of contract after the current declined its option after the 2021 season.
“We are delighted to welcome Jordyn to Orlando as a member of Pride,” Orlando Pride General Manager Ian Fleming said in a club press release. “She has been training with us again for a few weeks and has impressed us with her development, work ethic and positive mindset, and we thought it was the right time to bring her back into the fold. Good to see her back with the band once again.
The 25-year-old joined Pride on a short-term contract for the 2020 NWSL Fall Series and secured a contract with Orlando ahead of the 2021 season. Just 74 days later, Orlando traded Listro to Kansas City in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NWSL Draft. Pride moved that draft pick to North Carolina in exchange for NWSL rights to Deanne Rose, another Canada international who currently plays for Reading in England.
Listro, a University of South Florida product, has appeared in three of Orlando’s 2020 Fall Series games with no direct goal contribution. She appeared in seven matches in 2021 for Kansas City, starting one, but did not score a goal or assist in 227 minutes (32.4 minutes per game). She got a yellow card.
During his international career, Listro has represented Canada at the U-17 and senior levels. She made her youth international debut at the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Azerbaijan in 2012. Her senior debut came on 21 February 2021 at the Exploria Stadium, home of Pride, in the SheBelieves Cup . She has two caps with Canada.
Listro made her professional debut with UDG Tenerife in Spain’s Primera División, appearing in five games in 2017. While at USF, she set a school record for games played (82), starting 75 games and providing five career assists.
What this means for Orlando
Listro adds depth and bite to Pride’s central midfield without breaking the bank. Although financial details have not been released, it’s probably fair to say the pride takes a small hit with the signing. Orlando needed more grit and depth in central defense and Listro can provide that.
The Canadian holds a green card and will not hold an international spot for Pride.
She usually doesn’t provide much on the offensive end, but that won’t be her role with Orlando anyway. If she couldn’t break into the Kansas City midfield a year ago, she’s unlikely to do it again with her Pride teammates Meggie Dougherty Howard, Angharad James or Gunny Jonsdottir, if they are. in good health. However, Jonsdottir has been used in a more attacking role since Marta’s injury and MDH struggled with injury in 2022. Rookie Mikayla Cluff has also seen time in Pride’s midfield but has a bit of a rough start in terms of managing the physicality of the league and how quickly opponents shut it down. She also played a bit out of position in a deeper role while Jonsdottir was pushed higher up the pitch due to his confidence and willingness to get into the box from the attacking side.
In short, signing Listro can add depth to the team in a key position, but it’s not the kind of signing per se that’s likely to elevate Orlando above the level the team has shown. throughout the Challenge Cup and last week’s home opener.