Barbra Banda stars for the Orlando Pride in the NWSL

Her versatility on the pitch and impact in attack have turned the team into a real threat
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Barbra Banda has been a true game-changer for Orlando Pride in the current NWSL season. In just seven out of the 11 matches played by the team, Banda has already proven to be a formidable and essential forward for the team's success. With an impressive average of 4.6 shots per game, with three on target, she has showcased her precision and ability to finish plays. Of the eight goals she has scored so far, four were headers, two with her right foot, and two with her left, highlighting her versatility and complete talent as a forward.

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Banda's arrival at Orlando Pride has revolutionized the team's attack. Despite having played three fewer matches than the league's other top scorer, Sophia Smith of the Portland Thorns, Banda leads the NWSL in goals scored. Her influence on the game is undeniable.

She has not only brought goals but also unlocked the potential of her teammates. The synergy between her and Ally Watt, for example, was evident in the game against North Carolina Courage, where both registered a goal and an assist each, showcasing a lethal partnership in counter-attacks. Julie Doyle also benefited, scoring after a Banda shot was saved.

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With all these offensive options, Orlando Pride has become a true nightmare for opponents. As the team to beat, they lead the NWSL, thanks largely to Banda's contributions on and off the ball.