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Lion Links: 5/9/18

The Pride head west, City looking at a playoff atmosphere on Sunday, some big MLS transfer rumors, and more.

Carlos Romero, The Mane Land

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s a packed week for Orlando professional soccer as both sides look to continue unbeaten streaks with one team traveling and one at home. Hopefully you’ve got some great Mother’s Day presents already bought so you’re not rushing around on match day.

Anyway, we’ve got Pride and City updates for this week, the NPSL fighting its way into the professional ranks, and we jump on the transfer rumor wagon because it’s fun to dream.

Pride Look to Remain Unbeaten for Fourth Straight

Today the Orlando Pride will face off in their first ever road match at Rio Tinto Stadium against Kelley O’hara and the Utah Royals. The good news is the side — other than Camila — is looking in great shape per Head Coach Tom Sermanni:

“The fact is, everybody’s fit and everybody’s healthy and there’s unbelievable competition for spots. You know, we’ve got ourselves in a good position at the moment. Every game in this league is tough, even more so when you’re playing away from home.”

U.S. based fans will be able to tune into the match at 9 p.m. ET on the go90 platform while international fans can watch at or on the NWSL app.

City Expects Playoff Atmosphere This Sunday

The opportunity to gain a share of the Eastern Conference’s top spot (barring NYCFC’s result against LAFC) will take place this Sunday when the Lions face Atlanta United — who currently sit at the top of the Supporters’ Shield race.

Energies will be high on Sunday as the Lions are looking for their seventh win in a row against the second-year side that hasn't lost since opening day.

“We’re looking forward to it,” Joe Bendik said. “A lot of preparation is going to go into it this week and we’re going to try and do the same thing, out-compete them and out-work them.”

I expect a fantastic crowd on Sunday. And you should get to the game if you can.

Let the MLS Transfer Rumors Start Spinnning

Around this time every year, there are rumors coming out of the woodwork because the European (and other fall/spring leagues) seasons are coming to a close and it’s a good time to bring up some aging names looking for a new home. Today’s rumors are as follows:

New Zealand Officially Announces Equal Gender Rights in Football

It was nearly seven months ago that Norway became one of the first federations to announce equal pay and representation for their women’s sides. Now New Zealand has done the same thing.

The revised CBA offers four key factors for both the elite male and female footballers: Pay parity, equal prize money, equal rights for image use and, most notably, parity across travel while representing New Zealand.

Kudos to New Zealand and hopefully more countries will follow suit.

Free Kicks

Have a great rest of the week. I’ll leave on some great news about Mason Stajduhar: