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Lion Links: 12/31/18

Pride players abroad, Brek Shea on the move, new USL League Two teams, and more!

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W-League Rd 9 - Melbourne v Perth Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images

I know I usually say Merry Monday morning, Mane Landers, but I’m going to add a Happy New Year’s Eve as well. Here we are with the very last Lion Links of 2018. It may have been a season to forget for Orlando City supporters, but as the saying goes, “there’s always next year.” Fortunately, we don’t have long to wait for 2019, though the season might be further away. Let’s get to the Links!

W-League Round 9 Recap

Down in Australia, the W-League had its last round of the season before picking things back up next year. Plenty of Pride players saw the field this past week as teams prepare for a playoff push.

English Premier League Wrap-Up

The top teams all did well to end 2018. Liverpool dominated Arsenal, 5-1 to remain at the top of the table. Roberto Firmino recorded a hat trick to lead the scoring for the Reds. Manchester City moved back into second with a 3-1 win over Southampton, putting them seven points back of the leaders. The victory allowed City to jump Tottenham, which fell to Wolves, 3-1. Manchester United won their third straight after the departure of Jose Mourinho, with a 4-1 defeat of Bournemouth. Paul Pogba continued his good form with a brace and an assist.

USL League Two Adds Two

USL League Two added its sixth and seventh teams with new clubs in Dalton, GA, and Park City, UT. The clubs have yet to be named, but will play in the 2019 season. Dalton will play in the Deep South Division, and Park City will play in the Mountain Division. As it turns out, both clubs are owned by Bob Martino, who also owns the Chattanooga Red Wolves of USL League One.

Serie A’s Ultra Problem

Fascism reared its ugly head again in Italy’s Serie A as Ultras (hardcore “fans”) from Napoli and Inter Milan clashed during a match the day after Christmas. Unfortunately, there’s nothing new about any of this, and the fight left four Napoli supporters wounded and one Inter fan dead after he was allegedly run over by a Napoli fan with an SUV. This is all in addition to Inter fans inside the stadium making monkey sounds at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The 27-year-old Koulibaly is of Senegalese decent and has been with Napoli since 2014.

Free Kicks
  • As previously rumored, former Orlando City Lion Brek Shea, has officially signed a one-year-deal with Atlanta United FC after the Vancouver Whitecaps declined his option. The details of the deal were not disclosed.
  • Anyone else think Ramos should have been sent off for his take down of Mohamed Salah?

That’s going to do it for this year. Be safe tonight, and have a happy New Year!