Welcome to the Friday edition of Lion Links, beautiful people! Plenty of educational opportunities this week, plus rumors and intrigue. Let's get to it!
Let There be Grass!
While playing in Gillette Stadium is usually a dodgy proposition due to the oft-maligned turf field, it seems that the Lions have lucked out this weekend. With a friendly between the USMNT and Brazil coming to New England, there will be a temporary grass field installed. Something to be happy about, especially given that OCSC will be without Kaká, Cyle Larin, Darwin Cerén, and Carlos Rivas this weekend. We may see the return of Tony Cascio, though Brek Shea is unlikely to make it back in time. But, at least we have grass.
Olic to Orlando?
As always, whenever someone talks about coming to MLS, Orlando City seems to be in the discussion. As reported by The Mane Land's own Michael Citro, this time it's Ivica Olic, the Croatian international from Hamburger SV. Evidently, Olic is considering transferring to Seattle Sounders or Orlando City. He hasn't made any decisions, as Croatia is in the middle of Euro 2016 qualifying matches, but something could happen as early as this winter. So what do you think? Wild rumor or real possibility? Also, don't you think he looks a bit like Daniel Craig?
The Homegrown Player Rule Explained
In sports, there are often rules that are confusing, or at the very least open to interpretation. This can be a frustration for supporters. Fellow SB Nation site Brotherly Game has put together an excellent article on the MLS Homegrown Player rule.
Calling Out Klinsmann
We all remember the disappointment of the USMNT's Gold Cup performance. SB Nation site Stars and Stripes FC has a bit of a go at Jurgen Klinsmann. Is the U.S. Skipper to blame? He's been pretty quiet since the Gold Cup, and is now throwing some shade at the refs (somewhat deserved), and even supporters' lack of understanding as to what happened in the tournament (probably not deserved). S&SFC stops short of calling for his firing, but they do ask the manager to take some accountability for a very poor Gold Cup for the U.S.
U.S. Soccer, Relegation, MLS and NASL
I think it's a good thing that non-soccer specific websites write articles about the Beautiful Game. So when Deadspin talks about relegation within the U.S. Soccer community, I take notice. There's a definite pro-NASL slant to the arguments, but at the end, the idea of promotion/relegation is again proposed by those outside of MLS.
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That's it for this edition of Lion Links. Don't forget to check out Pride Pub to get ready for the match tomorrow night. As always, Go City, beat New England! We leave you with the pilot for the Brek & Avi Show: