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Lion Links: 10/10/18

Morgan nears 100, OCB scouting, national teams prepare for action, and much more!

Soccer: International Friendly Women’s Soccer-Chile at USA Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

What’s up, Mane Landers? Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall sometime today, so please stay safe out there if you are in the storm’s path. It’ll have a huge impact not only on the panhandle, but most of the coast as well. With my weatherman impersonation over, let’s get excited for U.S. soccer both tonight and tomorrow, with the women’s and men’s national teams in action.

But before we get to the links, let’s wish a happy 25th birthday to Orlando Pride defender Camila!

Alex Morgan Nears 100 Goals

Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan’s brace against Mexico for the U.S. Women’s National Team on Oct. 4 has put her within striking distance of reaching 100 goals before the Concacaf Women’s Championship ends next week. Seventh on the all-time U.S. women’s scoring list, Morgan sits at 92 goals and will look to add to her total tonight against Trinidad and Tobago at 7:30 p.m. ET in the final group match before the semifinals.

Fernando Jose De Argila Irurita Starts Scouting for OCB

Orlando City’s future talent will hopefully come from Orlando City B and newly named Head Coach Fernando Jose De Argila Irurita is on the hunt for them. He and General Manager Mike Potempa are on their way to Brazil to spend the rest of the week checking out the youth players at partner club Atletico Paranaense. Hopefully he can find the next great player for the Lions.

Depth Allowing USWNT to Cruise

Although the competition faced so far is not at the same level of the teams the USWNT will face in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, it is still impressive to beat a team 6-0 and then use an almost entirely different team to win 5-0 a few days later. Not a single player on the team has played the full 180 minutes and although the explosive offense is making headlines, it is the team’s depth that will be its greatest weapon next summer.

USMNT Prepares for Friendly Face-Off

Today’s the anniversary of the United States Men’s National Team’s embarrassing elimination from World Cup qualifying. A year later, the team is gearing up for a series of friendlies in the fight to get the team back on track. Injuries from Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and Tyler Adams have taken some of the excitement out of tomorrow’s friendly against Colombia at 7:30 p.m. ET, but there is still plenty to be gained from the camp and exhibitions for the team.

Free Kicks
  • Between matches, Jonathan Spector and Jose Villarreal paid a visit to the Arnold Palmer Hospital to spend some time with some of the smallest Lions supporters around.

That’s all from me. Try to stay dry out there as I’m sure we’re going to get hit with buckets of rain today. Have a great day!