Happy Wednesday, ladies and gents! Hopefully you are still reveling in the joys of victory from Sunday. I know I am! Let's start today off right with some good ol' fashioned Lion Links.
Orlando City Announces Partnership with Audi
Yesterday, Orlando City announced that they would be partnering with German car manufacturer Audi. Audi has been committed to raising the profile of soccer in the United States and hopes that the partnership with Orlando City will help boost the sport's popularity even more.
"Orlando City has a huge following in central Florida, so this is a great opportunity for us to showcase the Audi brand on a local level by leveraging the national partnership that we have with MLS." -Kirk Preiser, Area General Manager, Audi of America
Cyle Larin Makes Bleacher Report MLS Power Rankings
Orlando City forward Cyle Larin is making splashes all around the soccer world, especially with goals in four straight games, and now Bleacher Report has taken notice. Coming in at number 15 (of 20), Larin is rated higher than even USMNT midfielder Micheal Bradley.
With an extremely impressive run of form, Larin has made himself the front-runner for MLS Rookie of the Year. With several months left in the season, let's hope Larin can make it even higher up the list.
Minnesota United FC Misses Out on Funding
Remember how heartbreaking it was to hear that OCSC did not gain the funding required for its stadium? Well, now Minnesota is in the same boat. After LAFC announced their stadium plans, Minnesota and Orlando staff and fans got a little jealous. In a league that allows a certain team in New York to exist without a stadium plan, it is sad to see teams with actual plans have those plans fall through because of politics. For the full statement from Minnesota United, click here.
On Sunday, beloved Ruckus member Frank The Alien was reported missing. An image surfaced online with the kidnapped party in a Galaxy jersey, seemingly pointing toward a craven, depraved act from some humiliated L.A. fan/fans. Frank's owner, Todd Schenck, put out this tweet to help find Frank:
In response, Orlando City tweeted this:
While Frank has yet to be found, we hope the beloved alien can return to his friends and family safely.
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That's it for today's Lion Links. Thank you for reading, and enjoy your day.