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Lion Links: 6/28/18

Pride host the Dash, Lions working on finishing in training, head coach search gets narrower and more.

MLS: Chicago Fire at Orlando City SC Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Hey guys. Hope you are all enjoying your Thursday at whatever time you may be reading this. Plenty of news today around the world of Orlando City, Orlando Pride, and World Cup group stage action wrapping up. Lets get into the links for today.

Pride Collapse at Home in Loss to Houston

The Orlando Pride kicked off the first game of a three-game home stand last night and jumped all over the Houston Dash early, dominating the first half hour of the game. Unfortunately, it was a wasteful performance, with the Pride missing several outstanding scoring chances, including an Alex Morgan penalty off the post and Kristen Edmonds leaving a ball too close to the keeper with a lot of net to shoot at. Alanna Kennedy also hit the woodwork and the Dash took advantage to come back for a 2-1 win. Kealia Ohai’s wayward cross somehow found its way inside the upper far corner of the net to tie the game and the winning goal was scored from the spot after another cross attempt from Ohai hit Monica’s trailing arm in the box to give the Dash a late penalty.

Orlando City Coaching Search Becomes Narrower

Multiple news outlets have reported that Orlando City has shown interest in former Portland Timbers head coach and MLS title winner Caleb Porter for the Lions’ head coaching vacancy. Taylor Twellman broke some news about Porter last night.

If true, it narrows the search down a little bit for Alex Leitão.

Lions Work On Scoring Drills

It’s no secret the Lions have been having a lot of difficulty finishing their chances of late. Last week in the U.S. Open Cup, Orlando City put only three of 21 shot attempts on frame. The Lions managed just one shot on goal against Montreal on Saturday. So, interim head coach Bobby Murphy made it an emphasis in training. Murphy demanded perfection from his attacking drills and if they were not performed correctly the Lions did them again until perfection was reached. As Orlando City enters a stretch of grueling matches against the likes of Atlanta United and Columbus Crew SC, the attack must get better and hopefully an added emphasis in training brings back the spark in the attacking players.

Orlando SeaWolves Announce First Opponent

The MASL’s newest team won’t have to wait until December to play its first match. The Orlando Seawolves will host the Brazil National Minifootball Team in a November friendly in the team’s inaugural game. The match will be played at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee with tickets going on sale on July 6. More information and news about this event can be found on the club’s website when it becomes available.

MLS Transfer News

Western Conference side FC Dallas are reportedly set to send 27-year-old attacking midfielder and playmaker Mauro Diaz to United Arab Emirates side Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai FC.

Atlanta United has also made a move to improve its midfield by signing 23-year old Argentine Eric Remedi from Argentine side Banfield. Remedi will bring depth to Atlanta United’s defensive midfield in the wake of Darlington Nagbe’s injury that will have him sidelined for two to three months.

The San Jose Earthquakes re-signed defender Nick Lima to a multi-year contract. At age 23, he has made 38 MLS appearances scoring three goals and dishing out two assists.

Free Kicks
  • World Cup Match Day 14: Mexico advanced despite losing 3-0 to Group F winners Sweden after South Korea defeated Germany 2-0 with two late stoppage-time goals. Switzerland and Brazil both advanced from Group E as the Swiss drew with Costa Rica and Brazil picked up a 2-0 victory over Serbia.

That’s all for today, folks. Check back for continuing coverage of last night’s Pride match, as well as their upcoming game against first-place North Carolina on Saturday. We’ll also have full coverage ahead of Orlando City’s game at Atlanta Saturday night.