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Lion Links: 4/27/18

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Rosell happy to get playing time, Pride players return, Delgado takes CCL loss blame, and much more!

Vietnam v Australia - AFC Women's Asian Cup Group B Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images

How’s it going, Mane Landers? It’s Friday, the best day of the week! Well, the best day except for game day, and this weekend we have two of those. So today’s the third-best day of the week, which is still pretty good I think. So let’s kick off this Friday the right way with some Lion Links!

Uri Rosell Pleased After First Orlando City Minutes

Perhaps the last missing piece for Orlando City, defensive midfielder Oriol “Uri” Rosell was able to take the field for the first time this season when Orlando defeated the San Jose Earthquakes last week. Despite coming on late in the 84th minute of the match, Rosell is happy with the playing time after being unable to play for weeks thanks to a nagging knee injury. Although a start isn’t guaranteed this Sunday when the Lions travel to take on the Colorado Rapids, expect to see much more of Rosell in the future as he works his way into the team.

Orlando Pride Players Excited to Return to Orlando

Things are coming together at the right time for the Orlando Pride, with many players returning from international duty right after the Pride won their first game of the NWSL season last weekend against the Houston Dash. Brazilian superstar and Pride forward Marta was one of many players happy to be back in Orlando.

Also joining to the club is Australian midfielder Emily van Egmond, who the Pride signed back in February this off-season. Van Egmond has spent most of April playing for her country in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup, but is now excited to train with the Pride and enjoy the warmer weather that Orlando has to offer.

Marky Delgado Takes Blame For Toronto FC’s Loss

Toronto FC midfielder Marky Delgado is taking responsibility for his club’s defeat in the Concacaf Champions League final against Chivas. Toronto won the match, 2-1, but the aggregate score was 3-3, forcing the series to go to penalty kicks, where Chivas won, 4-2. Delgado believes he is to blame for not putting away a sitter off a Sebastian Giovinco pass in the 91st minute, but I disagree. Sure, scoring would’ve likely won Toronto the tie, but Delgado was able to redeem himself in my eyes in the shootout when he buried his penalty. Keep your head high Marky, you and the rest of the team did well in the tournament and you shouldn’t beat yourself up about a close loss.

Albert Rusnak Wins Goal of the Week

Real Salt Lake playmaker Albert Rusnak has claimed the title of Goal of the Week for his curling free kick against the Colorado Rapids. Feigning a cross, Rusnak was able to fool goalkeeper Zac MacMath and bury his strike in the back of the net before MacMath knew what hit him. Hopefully Orlando can do something similar against MacMath with Tim Howard sidelined after his red card last week.

Free Kicks
  • Orlando City center back Amro Tarek seems to be getting along well with his defensive partner Lamine Sané, offering the French-born player a little help with reporters.

That’s all for today folks. I hope your NFL team made out well in last night’s draft. Enjoy your Friday, Mane Landers!