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Lion Links: 5/29/19

Bad as a Mother premieres, Nani closing in on 100 professional goals, OCB heats up, Orlando Kicks destroy Florida Sol in home opener, and more.

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Happy Wednesday, Mane Landers! It’s the last official Wednesday of the school year, our admin is bringing in Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream, and Friday is a workday. My to-do lists are seemingly endless, but vacation days are near! Before we jump into the links, let’s wish Ruan Teixeira a happy birthday! Here’s the news you need to know about.

Bad as a Mother Premieres

The first episode in Sydney Leroux’s Bad as a Mother show premiered yesterday on Facebook Watch. The seven-minute episode entitled “Welcome to our Chaos” made its debut and introduces audiences to their family. I’m avidly against reality TV, but could not wait for this to air, and now I’m anxiously awaiting the next episode.

Ascues Shuts Down Rumors

Orlando City defender Carlos Ascues was rumored to be heading back to Peru recently, but he wants you to know that he’s happy in Orlando.

“No, nothing like that,” Ascues said through a translator when asked if he was interested in rejoining Alianza Lima. “That rumor is false. I haven’t had any contact with any team. I’m very happy here. My focus is with Orlando.”

Ascues is focused on bouncing back from his run of injuries, not heading back home, apparently. Plenty more in that link from ProSoccerUSA.com.

Nani Closing in on 100

Nani is only one competitive goal away from scoring the 100th goal of his professional career, having scored 40 of the first 99 with Manchester United. Let’s go, let’s smash 100 and keep going on the road this month, and grab the three points while you’re at it!

OCB is Heating up

Our very own Sean Rollins wrote about the Young Lions finding their confidence on Monday, but it’s not just the back-to-back wins that proves it. It’s another purple-clad week on the USL League One Team of the Week. This week there are midfielders and goal scorers Thiago Souza and Serginho showing off that newfound confidence as they made the Team of the Week.

Orlando Kicks FC Dominate Home Opener

The women played Florida Sol in their home opener in Montverde on Monday. Played is a bit of an understatement, as the Kicks beat their opponents, 5-1.

“This was a great start to the season, the players worked hard and did an excellent job implementing our style of play” said head coach Robbie Aristodemo.

Orlando SeaWolves Bolster Roster

Alongside the re-signing of defensive anchor Edwin Rojas, the Orlando SeaWolves announced the signing of Hugo Puentes. The club shared that it has signed him to a five-year deal. The midfielder, one of the top goal scorers last season, will be joining the SeaWolves from the El Paso Coyotes.

Free Kicks

That’s it for today. It’s a full weekend of soccer coming up with OCB on the road Friday night, the Lions at Montreal on Saturday, and the Pride hosting the Courage Saturday night as well.