Good morning, Mane Landers and welcome to your Sunday edition Lion Links. It's match day for Orlando City B tonight out in Melbourne so the weekend fun continues tonight. We saw the senior Lions and the Pride both in action yesterday and have all the coverage you're surely looking for in the aftermath. Let's dive right in.
Lions Draw with Columbus Crew SC on the Road
It was a tale of two halves Saturday night for the Lions, who struggled to finish in the first half only to turn it on after the break to earn a 2-2 draw at Columbus. With 23 points in 20 games, the Lions find themselves seventh in the table and just outside the playoff hunt with a huge match looming a week from today against sixth-place New England Revolution. Here's the coverage you need from last night's match:
- Sean Rollins has your match recap.
- Brent Petkus provides player grades and Man of the Match.
- The enemy's perspective comes to us from Massive Report.
And be sure to check back later this morning for Luis Hernandez's five takeaways from the match.
Reign Too Much for Pride on the Road
Seattle was in Orlando's face early and often, never giving the Pride room to build their attack in last night's late-night tilt. Many were hopeful for a different result, given Hope Solo's absence from Seattle's net, but the Pride weren't able to test her replacement often enough and saw themselves fall 5-2, despite goals from Jasmyne Spencer and Kristen Edmonds.
Vote Kaká Captain of the All-Star Team
Want to see Orlando City's captain wearing the armband in the MLS All-Star Game? Well, you can help make that happen. All you need is the Snapchat app and the ability to follow instructions and you can cast your vote.
Follow "MLS" on Snapchat and Vote for Kaká for MLS All-Star captain! Here's how... pic.twitter.com/KuryspTFh9— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) July 23, 2016
Matildas Fall to Brazil in Sendoff Match
It wasn't pretty for Laura Alleway, Steph Catley and company when Australia met with Brazil, as the Brazilian squad marched to a 3-1 victory. The Matildas looked strong early, establishing a first-half lead and controlling much of the match until Katrina Gorry was shown a second yellow for dissent. It didn't take long for the Brazilians to exploit the hole, as they equalized in the 61st minute and didn't look back, adding two more by the time the final whistle blew. So at least Pride defender Monica ended the game happy.
Those are your Lion Links for today. Be sure to check in for all our post-game coverage and tonight's game recap after OCB faces Wilmington. Enjoy your Sunday.