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.
- Michael Citro has your match recap.
- Ben Miller dished out player grades and Man of the Match.
- And the view from the other side comes from The Bent Musket.
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.
Tim Weah's goal. pic.twitter.com/GT3IvaaWbW— USMNT (@USMNTvideos) August 4, 2018
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.
- 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!
One year ago today, this guy became a Lion. #FaceOfCity pic.twitter.com/GM7yU3DUr9— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) August 4, 2018
- Here’s your daily feels, presented to you by none other than Orlando City SC themselves.
@OrlandoCitySC provided purple school supply filled backpacks at the @CityofOrlando Distrct 5 “Back to School” event this morning and helped promote health and wellness w/ free pedometers to count active steps this school year. #ForTheKids pic.twitter.com/Tjhk80bDiK— OrlandoCityFnd (@OrlandoCityFnd) August 4, 2018
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.
Sounds like more travel foibles for Sky Blue. Was touch and go to get everyone on their flight to Orlando this morning. Sounds like in the end all the players got on #NWSL— Dan Lauletta (@TheDanLauletta) August 4, 2018
- Wayne Rooney’s always been a bad ass, but his decision to continue traveling with his team and playing despite suffering a badly broken nose and bruised eye is just another notch in the cat’s belt. Cheers, Wayne.
- The New York Red Bulls have finally signed their 2018 first-round pick, striker Brian White, to an official contract. White was selected by the Red Bulls with the 16th overall pick, and is expected to contribute to the first team sooner rather than later.
- Remember that time Liverpool’s Lorius Karius was potentially playing concussed in the Champion’s League final and made some major, unforgivable gaffes? Well, Merseyside’s gaffer, Jurgen Klopp, is impressed with Karius’ replacement, Brazilian shot stopper Alisson Becker. It looks like Alisson may have cemented his role as the Reds’ new No. 1 (not that this news is surprising in the least bit, unfortunately).
- And in one last tidbit of international goalkeeping news, Chelsea’s star man in between the sticks, Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, is requesting a move to Spain’s Real Madrid. It’s an interesting development in the Real Madrid search, considering the club was dead set on forcing a move for Manchester United’s David De Gea, a Spanish international. It’ll be interesting to see who goes where.
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.