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Lion Links: 3/18/19

Alphonso Davies scores, Zack Steffen to miss friendlies, women’s club breaks record, and more.

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Happy Monday, Mane Landers! It’s the start of a new week which will hopefully end with an Orlando City win this Saturday against the New York Red Bulls. I know things aren’t looking too good right now, but let’s stay positive and trust our Lions will be working hard for that win. As for your Lion Links today, we have plenty of interesting things to share. Let’s get started!

Zack Steffen to Miss USMNT Friendlies

FC Dallas goalkeeper Jesse Gonzalez will replace Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen after it was announced he will miss the United States Men’s National Team friendlies this month due to a minor knee injury. Gonzalez, who is still in search of his first national team cap, is now part of the roster called up to face Ecuador on Thursday and Chile on March 26.

Alphonso Davies Nets His First for Bayern Munich

Former Vancouver Whitecaps winger Alphonso Davies scored his first goal for Bayern Munich in the German club’s dominating 6-0 victory over Mainz. Not only was it his first, it was also historic as the 18-year-old Canadian became the youngest scorer for the Bundesliga side since 1999. Davies joined Munich earlier this year and signed until 2023, so I think it’s safe to say this isn’t the last time we’ll hear of the young lad.

World Record Crowd for a Women’s Club Match

Atletico Madrid’s women’s team set a new world record when it faced Barcelona on Sunday with 60,739 people in attendance. The team usually plays its games at its training ground but, with a high demand for tickets, it moved to the 68,000 capacity Wanda Metropolitano (home of the men’s team). This is an amazing accomplishment and, hopefully, it will get the attention it deserves and improve the way the women’s game is viewed around the world.

Napoli Goalkeeper Collapses on Pitch

During the first half of the Serie A match between Napoli and Udinese this weekend, Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina collapsed to the ground unconscious. Earlier in the match, Ospina collided with Udinese winger Ignacio Pussetto when he attempted to stop a ball driven into the penalty area. The Colombian keeper suffered a cut on his head (ouch), received on-field treatment, and decided to play on with protective head gear.

Later in the first half, Ospina collapsed to the ground and was stretchered off the pitch and taken to a hospital. The Italian side later took to Twitter to let fans know about his condition.

We wish the best of luck to him and a speedy recovery.

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Well, that’s all I have for you today. Let’s forget about Saturday, lift our chins up, and have an amazing week!