Happy Friday, Mane Landers! Another chapter of Orlando-related soccer lies ahead with Orlando City facing New York Red Bulls, who have just acquired Aurélien Collin from the Lions. Moreover, the Pride will be hoping to return to their winning ways at home against the Seattle Reign.
Let's get to your match day Lion Links.
Kaká Left off Brazil's Squad for Copa América Centenario -- Seriously
Dunga has selected his 23-man squad for this summer's Copa América Centenario, but contrary to expectations, he left out Orlando City's captain Kaká from the list. Why? The main reason being health concerns, even though the former AC Milan man is poised to return to action in tonight's fixture against the Red Bulls. Nonetheless, this news makes us happy, as he will have more time to return 100% fit. For his part, Kaká says he has no problem with Dunga leaving him out of the Brazilian team.
Aurélien Collin's Reunion with Orlando
After a little more than a week, French defender Aurélien Collin will return to Central Florida, this time as a rival, as he will be featuring for the New York Red Bulls after being traded from Orlando. Orlando Head Coach Adrian Heath admitted that the defender had particular characteristics that distinguished him as a good player, however, Tommy Redding's surprising improvement left him on the sidelines and the best option was to trade the defender as he was looking for more minutes.
Ambitious Cyle Larin
Linked with a possible European move, with Lazio and Molde being the early favorites, Cyle Larin wants to raise his increasingly visible game and continue with his development in the interest of helping Orlando climb up the league table, while continuing to learn from those around him.
"Yes, I think it is happening fast," he conceded. "Just every day in training and each game I play, I start thinking quicker, everything starts moving slower for me and everything gets better. I learn a lot from the coaches here, as well as Kaká and the older players.
Orlando Pride's Jersey Tops NWSL 2016 Team Jersey Power Rankings
Sounder at Heart has recently published their usual NWSL Jersey Rankings, and we are happy to announce that Orlando Pride's kit has topped the list! Thank you guys, we appreciate it! Check out the rest of the jersey Ranking list and vote in their Ranker poll.
Three Prominent Personalities Selected to National Soccer Hall of Fame
Former USWNT players Brandi Chastain and Shannon MacMillan, along with MLS commissioner Don Garber, were elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The latter was selected on the Builder Ballot, while Chastain and MacMillan were selected on the Player Ballot and Veteran Ballot, respectively.
Liverpool and Sevilla to Contest UEFA Europa League Final
English side Liverpool and Spanish club Sevilla will battle each other in the UEFA Europa League final on May 18 at the St. Jakob-Park, home of FC Basel, in Switzerland. Jürgen Klopp's side eased past Villareal with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Anfield, while the holders of the past two editions registered a 3-1 victory over Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk to clinch a place in the final for the third consecutive time and the fifth time in nine years.
That's your Lion Links for today, Mane Landers. Enjoy your match day.