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Lion Links: 7/6/17

Orlando City hosts Toronto FC, midterm grades for MLS teams, midseason MVP for Orlando Pride, and much more.

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MLS: Orlando City SC at Chicago Fire Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome Mane Landers, we have a lot of links to share with you on this Thursday including last night’s Orlando City result. So kick back, relax, and let us show you what is happening in the world of soccer today.

Orlando City SC Drops Second Home Game of the Year

With two teams playing on short rest, it was visiting Toronto FC that got the early goal and then defended in numbers, content to hit on the counter attack or whenever the Reds could sustain some possession. In the end, it was really only a few moments of magic from Sebastian Giovinco and Jozy Altidore that served as the big difference in a 3-1 home loss for Orlando City.

And don’t forget to check back later today for Dave Rohe’s five takeaways from the game and a photo gallery from Nick Leyva.

Orlando City’s Midterm Grade

Orlando City earned a B+ on its midterm grade for the season. In a blog posted by ESPNFC, Orlando City SC earned a high mark as the midway point of the season has arrived. The B+ is due in large part to a hot start and then sudden drop off where the writer states OCSC lost points due to “the lull that followed a blazing start.” More blazing and less lull, please.

Ask the Coach

Have you ever wanted the opportunity to ask Jason Kreis, Tom Sermanni, or Anthony Pulis questions about their teams? Want to learn about their tactics or managing styles? If you have, you just may have the opportunity to do so. The Orlando City Foundation is putting on an event ‘Ask the Coach’ where you can take part in questioning, drinks, and food at Orlando City Stadium. Join in on the fun July, 24 at 6 p.m. Get tickets now to benefit the Orlando City Foundation.

Pride MVP so Far?

With the mid-season coming to a head for the Orlando Pride, The Equalizer decided to give out mid-season MVP awards to each NWSL team. For the Orlando Pride, many of you could probably see this coming, but the half-season MVP award belongs to Marta, who leads the team in goals and is tied for first in assists. The runner-up is Ali Krieger.

Pierre Da Silva Suspended by USL

Orlando City B midfielder Pierre Da Silva has been suspended for three matches due to “violent conduct” during the closing minutes of a match against FC Cincinnati at home this past Saturday. Da Silva will miss games against Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Charleston.

Former OCSC defender Luke Boden — now with the hated Tampa Bay Rowdies — is also suspended a game for yellow card accumulation.

Free Kicks

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