Crusaders Sign Former Orlando Pride Player Bridget Callahan

Orlando, FL – The Central Florida Crusaders have announced the signing of former Orlando Pride and UCF Women's Soccer player Bridgett Callahan. She becomes the second women's player signed to the team for their inaugural campaign in the NISL. 

“Bridget is an energetic and passionate player,” GM and Head Coach Tom Traxler said, “She's very technical, skillful and her personality matches her playing style. She has an infectious personality that is sure to resonate throughout the team.”

Callahan was a four-year starter for the UCF women's soccer program from 2014-2018. The Hollywood, Florida native played 75 matches for the Knights, scoring nine goals and assisting on two. She moved on to the professional level, signing with the NWSL's Orlando Pride in 2018. Over the course of a season and a half, Callahan appeared in nine matches, becoming a fan favorite for her personality and play on the pitch. 

"I'm really excited to be a Crusader and to be back home at UCF," Callahan said, "I can't wait to lace the boots back up and compete with my teammates under Head Coach Tom Traxler. Get ready, Orlando!"


The National Indoor Soccer League was founded in January 2021 by a group of seasoned sports team/league owners with over 50 years of ownership experience. The league features both a Men's & Women's Division, competing in double header game days over a 20-game regular season that takes place between the months of December and April. Current teams include Central FL Crusaders (Orlando), Columbus Rapids (Georgia), Fayetteville Fury, Memphis Americans, Rome Gladiators (Georgia), and Tampa Bay Strikers. The NISL is committed to promoting and supporting our member teams, while providing an avenue for players, coaches, and front office staff to develop their skills and gain exposure for opportunities at higher levels, all while providing high-quality, affordable entertainment in the communities we serve.