Welcome to Tuesday, Mane Landers. Whether your Monday was a write-off due to Sunday's performance, or you lost all of yesterday trying to work out Lion Nation, we have you covered with everything you need to know and even some stuff you don't, starting with another Orlando City B loss. With that in mind, let's get started.
Yesterday saw the official launch of Orlando City's membership program, Lion Nation. The program will allow fans of all three Orlando soccer clubs to get up close and personal with their favorite players with behind the scenes content, give them opportunities to win prizes, and allow fans to get more involved with all aspects of the club. The Lion Nation program is not limited to just season ticket holders, but seeks to engage fans worldwide who may not get the chance to go to games. Subscriptions start at $9 per month, but team season ticket holders are automatically included. Watch the video below to find out more:
Controversial Calls Continue
Despite not wanting to open up old wounds, the 63rd-minute missed call in the game on Sunday is still making waves due to the result. SBI takes a look back at all of the ‘decisions' in recent OCSC games and highlights the frustrations felt by the club. ESPN FC takes a look at the foul and discusses Head Coach Adrian Heath's comments about referees deciding games. MLS's Brian Dunseth uses the weekly instant replay feature to cover the whole play, and even Taylor Twellman gets involved through Twitter, highlighting that Cyle Larin may have been offside at the start of the play. However, the people that matter -- the Professional Referee's Organization -- have remained quiet.
Equal Pay for Equal Work
There have been many stories about soccer equality since the USWNT launched the lawsuit against the United States Soccer Federation, however, the one benefit that is coming to women's soccer is the money that is flowing into the sport due to the league's and USWNT's current success. There is still a long way to go in the lawsuit before anything is resolved, but it is exciting that commercial sponsors are starting to recognize the impact of women's soccer in the United States.
Edwards on Soccer in Orlando
After getting some time in the Orlando Pride home opener on Saturday, midfielder Becky Edwards lets us know that Orlando feels like home and that she is happy that NWSL is on the rise and, hopefully, here to stay. The Orlando Pride are the third expansion team that Edwards has played for in their inaugural season, and she believes that Orlando is a great city for the continued growth of women's soccer.
Young Guns in for U.S. U-18 MNT Camp
Midfielder Raul Aguilera Jr. and forward Landen Haig of the Orlando City SC academy have been called up to the U.S. U-18 national team camp currently taking place in Chula Vista, CA. Aguilera Jr. went to Argentina with the U.S. U-18s in March and this appears to mark Haig's first call-up to the U-18 side. Everyone here at The Mane Land wishes them the best and to return home injury free.
Well, that's it for today. Make sure you keep it tuned to The Mane Land for all your news about all three Orlando soccer clubs and everything else you need to know to be a part of Lion Nation.