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Lion Links: 11/13/19

Pride lose Logarzo, Marta and Morgan up for Ballon d’Or, USMNT prepares, and more.

Training and Media availability - SheBelieves Cup 2019 Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Wonderful Wednesday morning to you all! Well, Disney Plus is here and it looks pretty cool. I can’t wait to start watching The Mandalorian and I’m looking forward to all the Marvel series that Disney promised are on the way. Have you signed up for the new service? Are you wondering what I’m talking about? Do you just want me to get on with today’s Links? Fine, but first let’s wish a happy 25th birthday to the Orlando Pride’s Joanna Boyles!

Orlando Pride Lose Rights to Logarzo

The Pride will not retain the rights to Australian midfielder Chloe Logarzo as she never should have been available on the re-entry waiver wire due to her loan status with Sydney FC. The bizarre news comes a week after the Pride selected her on Nov. 5 and she was wrongly allowed to go through the process and the National Women’s Soccer League didn’t correct the problem before the Pride’s selection. Despite the discrepancy, no compensation seems to be headed the Pride’s way for the error.

Marta and Morgan Nominated for Ballon d’Or

Pride players Alex Morgan and Marta have been nominated for the 2019 Women’s Ballon d’Or. They are two of the 20 shortlist nominees that includes players from various leagues including Ada Hegerberg, Sam Kerr, Rose Lavelle, Megan Rapinoe, and others. Hegerberg won the 2018 Women’s Ballon d’Or and has a chance to win again although she didn’t play at this past summer’s World Cup. Make sure to vote for your favorites or those you think are deserving.

USMNT in Exploria Stadium

This Friday, the United States Men’s National Team faces Canada in a Concacaf Nations League match. It is an important showdown that many consider a must win for the U.S following last month’s loss to the same Canadian side. As previously reported, Christian Pulisic and Michael Bradley are both out because of injury. With Pulisic and Bradley out, the U.S. needs others to take on a leadership role.

Weston McKennie might be the player to lead the U.S. against Canada according to Reggie Cannon and Gregg Berhalter. Regardless of the result, don’t look for Berhalter being fired any time soon, or even at all. USMNT General Manager Earnie Stewart has voiced his utmost confidence in Berhalter, and the progress of the team. Evidently, he and other executives at U.S. Soccer are confident that the U.S. will make the next World Cup.

Latest MLS Transfer News

We have confirmation of several transfers in MLS. First up, veteran Dax McCarty is joining Nashville SC from the Chicago Fire for $50,000 in Targeted Allocation Money (TAM), $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM), and a second-round pick in the 2021 SuperDraft. Nashville also added defender David Romney from the LA Galaxy in exchange for $225,000 in GAM, plus another $50,000 in GAM if Romney meets some performance-based metrics.

Elsewhere, Inter Miami continued to build its roster by adding Victor Ulloa and the first pick of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft from FC Cincinnati in exchange for $50,000 in GAM, a 2020 MLS SuperDraft third-round selection, and the 26th pick of the 2019 MLS Re-Entry Draft. Interestingly, it was former Orlando City General Manager Paul McDonough that brought the midfielder to Miami.

Young Lions Recognized

Orlando City B midfielder Thiago De Souza could have the chops to grab a spot on the senior squad. De Souza was a driving force on offense for the Young Lions in 2019 and led the team in defensive areas as well. Additionally, OCB midfielder Serginho’s goal is up for USL League One Goal of the Year, so go vote for OCB to win at least something this year.

Free Kicks

Whew! That was a lot of news but keep checking back for more news from The Mane Land for all of your Orlando soccer coverage. Have a great Wednesday.