Welcome to the Friday edition of Lion Links! It's been quite a rough couple of weeks for those in purple, but perhaps this is the day when it turns around. Why not? You don't know! Oh, just go read the links...
Kaká Searches for Solutions
Kaká remains calm, determined, but realistic in this interview. The Orlando City captain acknowledges that not only is this the first season for Orlando City in Major League Soccer, but it's his first season here as well. He spoke of the need for solutions on the field, and that started with a team meeting about how to push ahead rather than focusing on what lay behind. That challenge was already going to be tough without Kaká for the match against New England on Sept. 8. It will be even tougher now that...
Cyle Larin Called Up as Well
As if it wasn't bad enough having Kaká out for the match against New England in September, now it seems that Orlando City will be without potential Rookie of the Year contender Cyle Larin. The Lions forward has been called up by Canada for the World Cup qualifier against Belize. It seems that Canada has three words for Orlando City supporters:
Is Orlando City Allowing Too Many Goals to Make Playoffs?
The Mane Land's own Scott Crumbly takes a look at the goals allowed by the Lions in their first season, and how the total compares historically as the team tries to make a run to the playoffs. Red cards and injuries are certainly contributing factors, but is that all?
Orlando City's USL Team Location is Close...So to Speak
While there's been no definitive word on where Orlando City SC's USL team will be located, the choices are narrowing, and the naming of the team is getting closer. Two locations under consideration are DeLand and Melbourne. I will admit to being biased towards DeLand, as a Stetson University alumnus (Go Hatters!). There's also more information on new coaches Anthony Pulis and Rob Valentino as they prepare for the new USL club.
Klinsmann's Olympic Dream
Jurgen is hoping for some assistance from the potential U.S. Men's National Team members' club teams, as the Olympic qualifying tournament will begin before the FIFA International window opens. The CONCACAF U-23 Championship starts it off, and the U.S. may be without some important players if the clubs don't work with the national team.
UEFA Champions League Draw
Straight from the BBC, we have a breakdown on the Champions League draw and what it means for each of the teams. There are some good match ups in the group stage, including Arsenal vs. Bayern Munich.
Here are the full results of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League draw, courtesy of our friends at Bavarian Football Works:
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Paris Saint Germain||PSV Eindhoven||SL Benfica||Juventus|
|Real Madrid||Manchester United||Atlético Madrid||Manchester City|
|Shakhtar Donetsk||CSKA Moskva||Galatasaray||Sevilla|
|Malmö FF||VfL Wolfsburg||Lokomotiv Astana||Borussia Mönchengladbach|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
|Barcelona||Bayern Munich||Chelsea||Zenit St. Petersburg|
|Bayer 04 Leverkusen||Arsenal||FC Porto||Valencia|
|AS Roma||Olympiakos CFP||Dynamo Kyiv||Olympique Lyonnais|
|BATE Borisov||Dinamo Zagreb||Maccabi Tel-Aviv||KAA Gent|
If you haven't been to the Pride Pub to get ready for the match against Chicago, then get on it! That's all for this edition of Lion Links! Until next week, Go Lions!