Ahhhh, the sweet smell of an Orlando City game day in the morning. Grab your friends, find a TV, and buy some beer (preferably a lot of it) because the Lions are in Canada for the fourth time this season to take on Toronto FC for their second meeting in three weeks.
Friendly reminder: the match kicks off at 4 p.m. this afternoon, and not at the usual 7 p.m. kickoff slot. So don't come complaining to us if you turn on My65 tonight at 7 and see old re-runs of The Big Bang Theory, or whatever else My65 features in their weekend lineup.
Anyway, here are your Saturday morning Links, hot off the stove:
Melbourne City Soccer Club?
According to a report from Florida Today, Melbourne's Eastern Florida State College is a finalist to become the future home of Orlando City's USL club, which will kick off next season. If selected, Orlando's USL team will play 14 home games a season at the small, yet quality, soccer complex, where Orlando City's MLS side would also play some preseason and friendly matches, says Florida Today. EFSC's stadium only holds 1,500 spectators, however, and USL requires a stadium of at least 3,600, which will expand to 5,000 in 2017.
Ultimately, I feel Disney's Wide World of Sports is the best option (Disney is an official Orlando City partner, by the by), but we'll see.
Adrian Winter Feeling Good in Orlando
One of Orlando City's most important summer signings, Adrian Winter, is preparing for his third game in purple this Saturday and is ready to take on the challenge of helping the Lions reach the playoffs. Winter, like many others, knew about Orlando from his trips to the theme parks, and knew he needed to jump on the opportunity to suit up for Orlando City.
Hopefully he's feeling good today, because we need some goals, guys.
Kaká Would Like Fabiano and Ganso with Him in Orlando
In a recent interview with ESPN Brazil, Kaká revealed that he would like it it Luis Fabiano, a former teammate of his at AC Milan and with the Brazilian National Team, and Paulo Henrique Ganso, a former teammate at Sao Paulo, were to join him in MLS with Orlando City next season.
Yes, do it, sign them all. Sign everyone in the world!
But First, Let Me Take a Selfie
If you're like me, Instagram is probably a daily part of your life. I mean, c'mon, who doesn't want to see a picture of what you ate for dinner last night and who you went to the beach with today? Okay, so maybe it's not totally food and beach pics. MLSSoccer.com's Rachel Bonnetta made a power rankings list of the best MLS Instagram accounts. Yes, Kaká and Brek Shea were honored for their savvy timelines. Technically, I can be associated with MLS since I write about one of their teams. Why no shout-out for @gavinewbank, Rachel?
Rowdies Make Some Big Changes to the Club
Some surprising news came out of Tampa early Friday morning (like, early early): the Tampa Bay Rowdies, of the NASL, and hated rivals of Orlando City, announced that they have parted ways with President and General Manager Farrukh Quraishi and Head Coach Thomas Rongen. Please, do yourself a a favor and read the quotes from Rowdies owner Bill Edwards in a Donald Trump voice -- only then will it all make sense.
As long as it means Rongen doesn't stop being awesome at Twitter, I'll be okay with this decision.
"Respect blind people. Why? Because they judge others by their personality, not by their looks" Watch out Jose pic.twitter.com/7AkjVyNR7U— Thomas Rongen (@ThomasRongen) August 11, 2015
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That's your linkage for the day. Enjoy the match (and hopefully it will be enjoyable)!