Today also happens to be birthday number 30 for Orlando goalkeeper Tally Hall, who is nearing a return from an ACL injury suffered last season. Happy birthday, Tally, and here's to continued success on the road to match fitness.
Here are some Lion Links to whet your appetite until the match tomorrow night.
A Large Crowd is Expected at Orlando City's Home Match Against LA
The club tweeted earlier today about the anticipated size of the crowd when the Los Angeles Galaxy visits the Orlando Citrus Bowl on Sunday evening.
It's expected to be the second-largest crowd of the season (the record is the announced attendance of 62,358 for the Major League Soccer home opener against New York City FC). Tickets are still available, so go ahead and get them while you can. Here's hoping the home crowd gets to see more goals.
Orlando City Announces a Partnership to Give Fans a Match Day Magazine
OCSC is teaming up with English-based media company 442 Sports to publish a match day magazine, Lion's Roar, for every MLS home match of the season. The first issue of Lion's Roar comes out in time for the Galaxy match
The first edition will have 84 pages of content and a Brek Shea poster that will be the envy of everyone who can't attend the game (me). It's another way of the club helping fans grow closer to the action.
"We're thrilled to offer this exclusive magazine for our loyal fans each and every home match throughout the season," said Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao. "This is another example of our Club continuing to innovate and bring our team closer to fans through additional channels. We look forward to working closely with 442 Sports to deliver a first class gameday publication."
Aurélien Collin Makes an ExtraTime Radio Appearance
Collin went on MLS's ExtraTime Radio yesterday to dish to the hosts about his time in Orlando so far.
You'll have to skip ahead to the second segment to get to what he says -- Collin doesn't come on until about 33 minutes into the broadcast -- but it's worth the wait if you want to listen to the French defender talk about Disney World, the Revolution match and other fun stuff.
Spoiler alert: Collin does not mention the fact that he wasn't nominated for Goal of the Week. I guess there were a lot of solid goals to choose from this week. Boo.
Check Out Gerard Pique's Jersey Collection
The Barcelona defender and Spanish international tweeted out photos of the jerseys he's collected over the years, which is sure to be the envy of every soccer fan on the planet. His collection includes jerseys from Landon Donovan, David Beckham and Lionel Messi, among other superstars.
I like that Donovan's jersey is thrown in with a group of former and current all-world soccer players. Go ahead and accept his challenge to find your favorite. I wonder if Neymar and Pique exchanged jerseys after this bit of fun.
I'd like to end this with a shout out to Orlando City's Under-13 Pro Academy Team, which won the Florida Premier League last week. OCSC's U-13 team will represent the club and the state of Florida in the National Premier League Finals in July. Got to give props to the kids who represent the future for not only the club, but the sport as a whole.