Good morning, Mane Landers. If you’re reading this, then we did, in fact, manage to survive the much talked about solar eclipse. Another day with a functioning sun and planet also brings another edition of Lion Links, so let’s get right into it.
Dwyer Still Believes in OCSC
Recently signed striker and part-time Batman impersonator Dom Dwyer still believes that sunny skies are ahead for Orlando City. Although disappointed to not pick up all three points Saturday night, he was quick to assert that the team would continue to fight, while also saying he was very encouraged by the team’s performance. Dwyer came on as a sub in the 62nd minute to widespread joy from the home crowd. I have to say, he does look right playing in purple again.
Morgan Knocking in Goals at Phenomenal Rate
With her two goals in Saturday’s win over the Boston Breakers, Orlando Pride's Alex Morgan is currently averaging a goal every 86.8 minutes, which just so happens to lead the NWSL. Morgan has scored seven goals this season (good for fifth-most in NWSL) and provided two assists, despite only playing in eight games. Given the Pride's recent run of good form, and Morgan scoring in the last five games that she's played in, it's safe to say that the Pride are beginning to get into a good groove. Oh, and you can vote for Morgan and Marta for goal and save, respectively, of the week. Keep up the great work, ladies!
Stoke's Police Force Has Jokes...and They Aren't Afraid to Use them
Stoke City, OCSC's sister club across the water, bagged a surprising 1-0 victory over Arsenal this weekend, which prompted this giggle-worthy twitter exchange between a mopey Arsenal fan and the Stoke Police Department.
apologies for the delay in replying. We've been busy looking for a missing person, surname Ozil. Have you seen him? #Banter— Stoke Police (@policingstoke) August 20, 2017
Poor guy. You have to give credit to the Stoke PD, though, they certainly don't mess around over there.
Ramos Sets (Unfortunate) Record
Not Orlando’s own Rafa Ramos, but rather Sergio Ramos recently tied the record for the most red cards in La Liga history when he was sent off in Real Madrid's 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. The red card was his 18th in La Liga and his 23rd for Los Blancos...which also happens to be a club record. Champagne anyone?
Lucas Digne Aids Wounded
Reports have emerged that Barcelona defender Lucas Digne brought water bottles and blankets to victims of last week's terror attack in Barcelona. Digne lives near La Rambla, where the attack occurred, and heard screams from his apartment, prompting him to go down to the street and tend the wounded. In the current climate of fear and unrest, humanitarian actions such as this serve as a heartwarming reminder that it isn't all bad.
- OCB striker Hadji Barry is up for USL Fans’ Choice Goal of the Week for a strike against Ottawa Fury. Barry nutmegged the defender, then coolly slotted just inside the back post. Vote early, vote often.
- After losing to Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur now have a less-than-impressive one win in their last six games at the national stadium. Not exactly the home-field advantage they enjoyed last year, as they only dropped four points at home all season, playing at the old White Hart Lane.
- Wayne Rooney scored his 200th Premier League goal in Everton's 1-1 draw with Manchester City on Monday. That now makes two goals in two games back at his boyhood club. Congrats, Wazza.
- 19-year-old American Haji Wright scored on his debut over the weekend for 2. Bundesliga side SV Sandhausen, where he is on loan from Bundesliga side Schalke 04. With his Schalke teammate Weston McKennie also playing well for the Gelsenkirchen side, it's always nice to see some of our boys doing well abroad.
- People born today include TV stars James Corden, Kristen Wiig, and Ty Burrell, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb, and high school basketball player LaMelo Ball.
For those of you that managed to get outside and have a look at yesterday’s eclipse, I hope you enjoyed it. Personally, I forgot it was happening until it had already been over for around five hours but it's okay, I’m sure another once-in-a-lifetime alignment will come around before too...oh wait.