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Lion Links: 2/19/19

Orlando City officially signs Nani, Mônica leaves the Pride, U.S. Soccer has a veep, and more.

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Hello, Mane Landers! Hopefully, you got a rest on Presidents’ Day yesterday and are ready for the short week! Or if you had to go in yesterday, at least you got the signing of Nani to help get you through the day. I am counting down the days until kickoff. On this wonderful Tuesday, The Mane Land wishes a fabulous happy birthday to the Orlando Pride’s Toni Pressley and the GOAT, Marta!

Now for some links.

Nani to Orlando is Official

Rumored for a while, the Champions’ League winner is now a Lion! Orlando City signed Nani to a three-year Designated Player contract. The Portuguese star was brought over from Sporting Lisbon on a free transfer. To make room on the roster, Sacha Kljestan’s contract is expected to be bought down.

“This is an exciting day for our organization,” said Orlando City SC EVP of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi. “Nani brings tremendous experience to our roster. He’s a dynamic winger with quality abilities to move and cross the ball, impact games and lead the offensive play.”

Mônica Leaving the Pride

Yesterday sure was filled with emotions. After hearing about Nani, the Brazilian defender announced that she will not be returning to Orlando in 2019. Mônica is one of the original members of the Pride and has made 53 appearances in her three years. She will leave with the second-most minutes in Orlando Pride history (4,148).

U.S. Soccer has a Veep

Former USWNT player Cindy Parlow Cone was elected as the vice president of U.S. Soccer. This position has been vacant since Carlos Cordeiro was elected as the president a year ago. Cone was part of the national team from 1996-2004 and has been involved with U.S. soccer for the past 20 years.

“I am grateful to be able to continue to serve our great game as U.S. Soccer Vice President,” said Parlow Cone. “I believe with my extensive knowledge of, and experience working in, the soccer landscape of our country, from grassroots to the international level, I will help U.S. Soccer continue to build, develop, and grow soccer in the United States at every level.”

USMNT Players to Watch

Steven Goff of The Washington Post named nine players, plus a few fringe players, that USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter needs to call up. Before clicking the link, though, let’s play a game. Write down who you think the players are, see how close you were, and then leave a comment about it below. I’ll give you a hint: Seven of the nine are very obvious, and yes, Christian Pulisic is on it.

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