Best Of 2019

FIFA Women's World Cup champion Ali Krieger of the Orlando Pride
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FIFA Women's World Cup champion Ali Krieger of the Orlando Pride

Orlando Pride games

There are plenty of reasons to go watch the Orlando Pride play soccer. They fall down less, play equally as hard (next step: equal pay!) and there's rarely a line for beer or the bathroom. Need more than that? OK, how about four major World Cup stars, including Alex Morgan, 2019's winner of ESPN's Best Female Athlete. Alongside Morgan, you'll see fellow U.S. Women's National Team colleagues Ali Krieger and her fiancée, goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris. The three of them won it all in France this summer on the USWNT. Their Brazilian teammate, the forward Marta, holds the record for most goals scored at any FIFA World Cup tournaments with 17, and is the first soccer player ever to score in five World Cup competitions. Best of all, since attendance is generally lower than it is for the mens' games and feels more intimate, the players are more likely to stick around after the match to sign autographs and fist-bump fans.

Sports & Recreation: Best of Orlando 2019: Orlando's best teams, players, springs, theme parks and more

Sports & Recreation: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Sports & Recreation

Best Adult Sports League

1. Orlando Roller Derby,

2. Orlando Sport and Social Club,

3. Mayhem on Mills

Best Attraction That's
Not a Theme Park

1. Orlando Science Center,

2. Gatorland,

3. Leu Gardens,

Best Beach

1. New Smyrna Beach,

2. Clearwater Beach,

3. Siesta Key,

Best Bowling Alley

1. Splitsville,

2. Aloma Bowl Winter Park,

3. Boardwalk Bowl Union Park,

Best Canoeing/Kayaking

1. Wekiwa Springs,

2. Wekiva Island,

3. Kings Landing,

Best City Park

1. Lake Eola Park,

2. Mead Botanical Garden,

3. Kraft Azalea Garden,

Best Dog Park

1. Lake Baldwin Park,

2. Paw Park Sanford,

3. Barber Park,

Best Escape Room

1. Escapology,

2. The Escape Game Orlando,

3. The Escape Effect,

Best Go-Kart Center

1. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games,

2. Fun Spot,

3. Lil 500 Go-Kart Track,