Merry Monday morning, Mane Landers! It’s a good thing we don’t record the Mane Land PawedCast until later in the week, as I’m only just getting my voice back after the back-to-back-to-back wins for Liverpool, Orlando City, and Tallahassee Soccer Club. It was quite a great day for the teams I support, except one. I’m looking at you Orlando Pride.
O’Connor Speaks Out
There’s nothing quite like listening to James O’Connor speak about a win, and not just because of the accent. Obviously, O’Connor was pleased with the victory, but you can hear in his answers that he feels Orlando City has been unlucky in some of its contests and not getting the points deserved for the level of play. Orlando was able to take advantage of its chances early and see the game out in the second half on Saturday in Montreal.
Satisfying. #VamosOrlando pic.twitter.com/55B2WSclLx— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) June 2, 2019
Skinner Preaches Patience
As we’re all painfully aware, the Orlando Pride have not been getting any results. Despite being disappointed following the latest loss to the North Carolina Courage, Skinner feels that the team is being rebuilt the right way. Skinner has said that he’s having to build the team from the foundation on up as there wasn’t much to work with when he arrived. He has also promised that the club will continue working on the things it needs to to improve.
All About the Opposition
The headline would have you believe that the Montreal Impact were ashamed to lose to Orlando City. However Montreal Head Coach Remi Garde was actually ashamed of his team’s performance. So much so that he apologized to the fans for the players’ “lack of respect for the game.” Meanwhile, Orlando City’s U.S. Open Cup opponent, Memphis 901 FC, is very excited for the opportunity to play the Lions. Memphis is feeling confident that it can make a game of it.
If, for some reason, you’re not already familiar with the storied history of the U.S. Women’s National Team, then watch these videos to get caught up before the Women’s World Cup begins. You might know players like the Pride’s own Alex Morgan, or recent Men In Blazers Golden Jacket recipient Megan Rapinoe, but do you know of Abby Wambach, or the 99ers? You should, because it’s as rich a history for U.S. soccer as we’re likely to have for a bit. If the team is able to defend its World Cup, the USWNT will be the first in history to do so.
Neymar Denies Allegations
As mentioned in yesterday’s links, Neymar has been accused of raping a Brazilian woman. The woman filed the complaint with Brazilian police, alleging the incident occurred in a Paris hotel room and the police are investigating both it and the video Neymar made vigorously denying the allegation as the video may have disclosed private photos and messages. We will bring you more information as it comes available.
- The Matildas fell 3-0 to the Netherlands in their last match before the World Cup. Netherlands goalkeeper Sari van Veenendaal made several saves to keep the clean sheet and the Pride’s Emily van Egmond and Alanna Kennedy both played a full 90 minutes.
- Do you think you have what it takes to play professional indoor soccer? If so, you have an opportunity to prove it with the Orlando SeaWolves.
Think you have what it takes to play pro soccer? Registration is now open for our first open tryout for the 2019-20 season. Tryouts will take place June 16th from 8am-10am at @XLSoccerOrlando. Must be 18 or older. Register at https://t.co/xfwLiWN6tp pic.twitter.com/PCQ205MCTi— Orlando SeaWolves (@MCOSeaWolves) June 2, 2019
- How many Designated Players would this be, LA Galaxy?
Cristian Pavón has been the subject of European interest for years. However, the right club and offer has never come along and Boca Juniors are ready to sell.— MLS Buzz (@MLS_Buzz) June 2, 2019
Multiple media outlets in Argentina are now saying #LAGalaxy are the only team offering to pay the asking price. pic.twitter.com/gMzM5aluW2
- Finally, there’s this commercial from Nike to get you ready for the Women’s World Cup.
Don’t change your dream. Change the world. #justdoit pic.twitter.com/0cJ1ZTPyVn— Nike (@Nike) June 1, 2019
That will do it for today’s Links. Keep checking back for more news on all things Orlando City.