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Lion Links: 8/5/18

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The Lions hosted the Revolution, Jozy Altidore speaks out on the Alphonso Davies transfer, Tim Weah notches his first competitive goal with PSG, and more.

MLS: New England Revolution at Orlando City SC Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

How’s it hangin’, Mane Landers? Happy Sunday! I’ll do my best do distract you until this evening’s Pride match as the women in purple host Sky Blue FC at 7:30 PM. That’s a tall task but let’s do this.

Here’s your Sunday serving of Lion Links. Bon appétit.

Lions Draw with the Revolution in Dramatic Fashion

In a time of desperation to win all three points at home against the New England Revolution, the Lions started off on the wrong foot...or paw, I guess. Earl Edwards Jr., solid up to this point in replacing the formerly incumbent Joe Bendik, let a soft Juan Agudelo header slide in underneath him in just the eighth minute, and he surely should have saved it. Before they knew what hit them, the Lions were down 2-0, but they were able to come back. Twice! It was a dramatic night, and the Lions were bullied and fouled constantly facing a pressing Revolution side, but unfortunately Yotún saw red late in stoppage.

Check back later today for the bearded guy’s five takeaways and a photo gallery from Deon Cooper.

Altidore Views Alphonso Davies as Potential Role Model to Black Players

It appears Alphonso Davies has a fan in the form of Toronto FC’s Jozy Altidore. Altidore, speaking on the massive transfer that will see Davies head to German powerhouse club Bayern Munich for a large transfer fee, has stated that he views Davies as a potential star role model for young, black athletes, specifically those coming out of Canada.

“Huge congrats to him, especially to see him as a young black kid. You need more black role models, especially in soccer,” Altidore told reporters, according to SportsNet. “Hopefully [Canada Soccer] does a good job of advertising and promoting him in a way where kids who look like him say, ‘You know what, I can be Alphonso Davies, too.’ The transfer is spectacular, I’m a huge fan of his -- his eagerness to learn, to play, that youthful exuberance, you love to see it,” Altidore added. “I hope he continues to grow and I look forward to watching his career.”

I’m with you, Jozy. I can’t wait to follow his growth. There’s no doubt that he has the pace, talent, and passion to rub shoulders with some of Europe’s elite.

Tim Weah Notches First Competitive Goal for PSG

In a match that was largely dominated by the Parisians, American forward Tim Weah, son of the legendary striker George Weah, scored his first official competitive goal for the French champions. The strike, which came in the 67th minute, sealed a comfortable opening Ligue 1 win by a final of 4-0. Check out Weah’s goal below.

It’s a great sign from a young, American talent who’s destined to become a real threat for the U.S. Men’s National Team soon. The fact that he’s even been handed first team minutes to start the season is massive, and is likely a result of his impressive preseason performances. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this young man in the near and distant future. It’s surely going to be fun to watch.

FC Cincinnati’s New Stadium Inspired by Old School Ballparks

It’s not too surprising if you really think about it. Having decided upon building a downtown stadium, it only makes sense for architects to look back into the past of the Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park and the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field as examples to work from when designing their new grounds.

“It’s a lot like our [early] ballparks in the US,” Meis said in the profile. “There was a field, and as the club got more popular, they built a grandstand, and then added to it or built another grandstand. It’s kind of odd using baseball as an analogy, but that’s our heritage with parks like Wrigley and Fenway. It’s very much that model about how they connect to the community, and it starts to really influence the architecture.”

Dan Meis, the architect in charge of FC Cincinnati’s project, is also working on a new stadium for storied Italian side AS Roma, and he even sees comparisons between the two clubs, their history, and their supporters.

“They have an incredible fan base,” he said. “It’s a lot like working in Rome where you have very smart, rabid fans.”

And if it tickles your creative fancy, you can read more about the process of designing FC Cincinnati’s stadium at VenuesNow.

Free Kicks
  • It was one year ago yesterday that Yoshimar Yotún officially became a Lion. As I emphasized in a recent gushing piece, we’re lucky he dons the purple and gold. Cheers and happy anniversary, Yoshi!
  • Here’s your daily feels, presented to you by none other than Orlando City SC themselves.

I’m proud to support a club that gives back to its community, and while Orlando City’s struggles on the field persist, the club’s generosity and desire to connect with its supporters off the field is touching. #ForTheKids #ProudOfThePurple

  • Looks like Sky Blue had some trouble taking to the sky to make it down to Orlando for today’s match. Luckily, it appears that all of the players have made the trip.

That’s all that I’ve got on the docket for today, Mane Landers. Enjoy the Pride match later this evening — every point matters during these closing regular season matches, so you can bet that the Pride will show up hyped, ready to leave with three points in hand. I think it may be a high-scoring affair. Be sure to keep an eye out for Scott Carnevale’s in-depth match recap following the conclusion of the match. My prediction? 4-1, Pride.

Regardless, enjoy the rest of your Sunday, folks, and have an excellent week.