FILE - Cindy Parlow Cone, president of the U.S. Soccer Federation, speaks following a U.S. women's match against Nigeria at Audi Field, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, in Washington. An independent investigation into the scandals that erupted in the National Women's Soccer League last season found emotional abuse and sexual misconduct were systemic in the sport, impacting multiple teams, coaches and players, according to a report released Monday, Oct. 3, 2022. Cindy Parlow Cone called the findings “heartbreaking and deeply troubling.” (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

The NWSL Terminates Pride Coaches Over Misconduct

The National Women’s Soccer League terminated the contracts of Orlando Pride coaches Amanda Cromwell and Sam Greene on Monday. The terminations were a result of an ongoing investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Orlando Pride.

Players of the Orlando Pride brought forth these allegations initially in March 2022. The joint investigation with NWSL and the NWSLPA, looked into claims of verbal abuse, improper favoritism and retaliatory conduct toward players. Cromwell and Green violated the Policy to Prevent and Eliminate Workplace Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying. They were then put on administrative leave.

The collaborative investigative team also found a lack of cooperation of the goalkeeper coach Aline Reis. He allegedly pressured players to share favorable information with investigators. He was put on unpaid administrative leave. Reis is required to participate in mandatory training about discrimination, retaliation, harassment and bullying. The commissioner determined that he needs to also complete mandatory executive coaching at the league’s expense.

Following the Misconduct

Following Cromwell’s termination, she released a statement to protect her name and reputation. Cromwell argued her character and integrity were mischaracterized. She said she will be reviewing her legal options in regard to the NWSL.

Mark Wilf, Orlando Pride owner and chairman, released a statement apologizing to players and emphasizing the importance of the action steps to come. Whether on the soccer operations side or in the front office, he said he wants to implement anti-retaliation training for all Pride staff members. Wilf also acknowledged the seriousness the organization is taking in the process of hiring a new head coach. The team’s goal is to find a leader who will highlight the organization’s values while protecting and advocating for a competitive season.

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