What’s up, Mane Landers? It’s Friday the 13th so make sure you avoid black cats and broken mirrors as we head into the weekend. But no matter how much bad luck you rack up to day, things can’t really get much worse as an Orlando City fan given the current losing streak. Did I just jinx things getting worse? I hope not. Anyway, let’s shake off any bad juju and start the day off with some links!
Cam Lindley Chosen for MLS Homegrown Game
Orlando City midfielder Cam Lindley has been selected to participate in the MLS Homegrown Game during All-Star Weekend at the end of the month. The 20-year-old started in three of Orlando’s first four games this season and played in the USL with Saint Louis FC as well. Lindley will now be the third player in Orlando’s history to be chosen for the Homegrown Game and will take on Tigres UANL’s U-20 team on July 31.
Chris Mueller Believes Match With Toronto is a Must Win
Granted, Mueller also stated that he looks at every game as one that must be won, but this Saturday’s clash against Toronto FC is vital to the Lions’ postseason aspirations. Not having won since May 6, frustration has been everywhere as new head coach James O’Connor looks to right the ship.
“We want to start winning now, we don’t want to continue where we’re in a situation where we’re feeling frustrated,” said O’Connor. “We want to win. The supporters want to win, the players want to win and also as a coaching staff – we all want to win. So, it’s figuring out what’s the best way to allow that to happen. For us, mentality plays a key role in trying to do that.”
This weekend’s game will be huge for both sides with Toronto on a five-game winless streak (0-3-2). For one of these teams, dreams of the playoffs will likely end Saturday night.
Marta Announced as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador
UN Women has chosen Orlando Pride forward Marta to be a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. Perhaps the greatest female player to ever play, Marta already serves as a role model and icon for those all over the world, especially young girls with aspirations of being like the five-time FIFA Player of the Year. For UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Marta is a perfect fit for what a Goodwill Ambassador represents and Marta has embraced the honor she received and the opportunities it grants her to make more of a difference in the world.
“It is an honour to become a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador for women and girls in sport. I am fully committed to work with UN Women to ensure that women and girls around the world have the same opportunities that men and boys have to fulfill their potential and I know, from my life experience, that sport is a fantastic tool for empowerment,”
Passing of Orlando City Youth Coach
We have lost a member of our Orlando City family as youth coach Jarred Paluzzi has sadly passed away. Paluzzi was involved in introducing the game to children aged 4-8 through the Little Lions program and will be missed.
It’s with great sadness that we write of one of our beloved coaches Jarred Paluzzi’s passing. Jarred was adored by many in our Little Lions and Schools programs. RIP Jarred. pic.twitter.com/mwOZ9GiRjw— Orlando City Youth (@OCYouthSoccer) July 12, 2018
Toy Story Takes Over Orlando City Training
Orlando City players took part in some unique drills inspired by Toy Story Land at Disney, with Sarge and his platoon of green army men challenging Jonathan Spector, Joe Bendik, Oriol Rosell, and Sacha Kljestan. If you want to get in on the Toy Story fun, make sure to grab some tickets for this weekend’s game as Disney will be there for some fun before, during, and after the game.
- Orlando City has partnered with Tijuana Flats to come up with a new hot sauce and there are three contenders for you to vote for. Or at least the tweet says there are three. I only see two because I haven’t seen “Three Effin’ Points” since May.
- Antonio Conte’s time with Chelsea has come to an end after the English side failed to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
- The Florida Tropics are set to release their first official beer later tonight.
We are excited to announce that our first official beer will be released tomorrow! Join us at @Swanbrewing for a special release party from 5-7pm! Every #TropicalAle purchase gets you a West Sideline ticket and one entry to win a #SwanBrewing Gift Card and Tropics Jersey! ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/ZX7Nlfdkop— Florida Tropics SC (@FLTropicsSC) July 12, 2018
- Mexican forward Carlos Vela may be thinking of international retirement after the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
- PRO product Mark Geiger will be the video assistant referee this weekend in Russia as the World Cup comes to a close. Although it’s probably not for the game he was hoping for as he is on duty for the third-place match.
That’s all from me folks! I hope you all have a great and safe Friday the 13th.