Good morning, Mane Landers! It’s Wednesday and a game day at Exploria Stadium! I’m way too excited to be back in the purple seats. Let’s get to the links.
The USWNT is Headed to the Final
After a thrilling match that held three goals (Christen Press, Alex Morgan, and England’s Ellen White) in the first half, a controversial penalty, and VAR taking back what would have been a game-tying second goal from England in the 67th minute, the U.S. survived and advanced. As Orlando City fans, we’re no stranger to phantom fouls, which to me looked like what happened to White in the 79th minute, resulting in England being awarded the penalty. Unstoppable as White was all match, Alyssa Naeher proved to be superwoman when she saved the penalty by Steph Houghton and held on to it to keep the score at 2-1 for the Americans. It was quite a roller coaster, but you can read the full game recap on USWNT 2-1 win over England.
Additionally, Alex Morgan was named Budweiser’s Woman of the Match, on what was her 30th birthday! What a way to celebrate.
Orlando City prepares for Back-to-Back Meetings with Philly
Orlando City is about to take on the Philadelphia Union in back-to-back matches. The Lions are coming off a great June and a 4-1 streak, but the Union didn’t have as much luck in June with a 2-1-2 record. Could Philadelphia's weakened defense and recent struggles help the Lions claim victory? Orlando City Head Coach James O’Connor weighed in.
“I think when you have a lot of games, you have to really manage the load. That’s obviously one of the biggest things. It’s a case really of just managing the players and seeing who’s in a position to go again and who maybe needs some rest.”
Orlando City Foundation Pride in Our City Auction is back
The online auction features game worn and autographed jerseys from the Pride’s June 30 match, and the pride warm-up tops worn by Orlando City players before their May 24 and June 26 matches. The auction is live now and will be open through July 9. At the time of this writing, Marta’s is already at $600!
MiB Coming to Orlando
Men in Blazers, a popular podcast duo with a show on NBCSN, are coming to Orlando for the MLS All-Star Game. They’ll be at the ACE Cafe July 29, tickets are $25.
ORLANDO. We're Going. MiB #MLSAllStar Show, presented by @WellsFargo. Monday, July 29 @acecafeorlando. We cannot wait to be in the American city to which Davo first moved to celebrate all things #Jamlando. TIX AVAILABLE NOW: https://t.co/y8wueEuPG5 @MLS @OrlandoCitySC pic.twitter.com/nMGF2ItFlb— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) July 2, 2019
Heartbreak hits as body of Swiss International was Found
On Saturday Florijana Ismaili, a midfielder for the Swiss women’s soccer team, and a friend hired a boat off the Swiss border on Lake Como in Musso, Italy. It’s reported that Ismaili jumped from the boat but did not resurface. Search efforts led a diving robot to where her body was recovered.
- Orlando City’s Sebas Mendez getting some recognition from American Soccer Analysis.
- Former Orlando City defender Rafael Ramos ends “a beautiful chapter” with FC Twente.
- FC Augsburg signs Carlos Gruezo from FC Dallas.
- Columbus Crew SC welcomes midfielder Luis Diaz.
- Seth Jahn of Lakeland named to roster for the 2019 IFCPF World Cup.
- Former Lion RJ Allen officially signed with the Philadelphia Union.
That will do it for me today, Mane Land! Can’t wait for tonight’s match against the Philadelphia Union, who are currently No. 1 in the Eastern Conference. Here’s hoping we see some of the grit we saw against the Crew! Be sure to check back in for all things OCSC vs. Philadelphia and USMNT vs. Jamaica.