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Orlando City has New England at the weekend, and we may see some younger faces, Pride players heading to national team, OCB on the rise, and more!

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Happy final day of August to all the Mane Landers out there. We’re back with a fresh edition of Lion Links to bring the month to a close, and to distract from the fact that the Lions are five points away from a playoff spot, and only have eight games left to play on the year.

Frantic finishes against New England

Orlando City is definitely capable of another applause-worthy finish to this season, Kaká even said so himself. No better way for the Lions to start that trend than against the New England Revolution. We’ve shared some wild finishes with New England in the past, maybe something crazy will be what it takes to jump start the Orlando City attack.

Some fresh faces on the way?

With the game upcoming against New England this weekend, and Orlando City depleted due to injuries, suspensions, and international call ups, it may be time we see some of the young faces from Orlando City B finally jump up to the main squad. Personally I’m excited at the prospect of Hadji Barry teaming up with Dom Dwyer as striking partners up top.

The Pride heading out with their National Teams

Squads for Brazil’s upcoming friendlies against Australia in September have been announced, and no surprise to us here at The Mane Land, a trio of Brazilians from the Pride will be representing Brazil. Camila, Marta, and Monica, take on Australia Sept. 16 and 19.

OCB on the rise in USL

As most of you know Orlando City B has been on a bit of a tear lately, including 11 games without a loss. It seems as though the United Soccer League is taking notice, as it just released its latest Power Rankings. OCB is sitting in eighth in the power rankings and currently sixth overall in the Eastern Conference. Things are looking good for OCB as the young Lions try to lock up a playoff spot — which shouldn’t be too difficult if this form continues.

Donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief

Orlando City recently put out a tweet letting its supporters know how they can help out and make a donation to the Red Cross, to help with recovery from the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has caused Texas. You can find that information down below.

Free Kicks

That’s all for today, folks! Come check back with us tomorrow as September will have begun, the transfer window will have closed, and we can go back to debating who makes the best taco in Orlando. Gringos Locos does, anyone who tells you otherwise might be liar, just saying.

Oh, and check back later tonight for full coverage of Orlando City B vs. Bethlehem Steel.