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Lion Links 1/22/20

Dwyer aims to improve, Zadorsky called up, Pride players in a Super Bowl ad, and more.

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Good morning and happy Wednesday, Mane Landers! I hope this short week finds everyone well. Let’s go ahead and jump right into some links from around the soccer world.

Dom Dwyer Knows This Season is Important

With training camp officially open after this past Monday, players had a chance to set new goals for the season. Orlando City forward Dom Dwyer knows he has a point to prove after a 2019 season filled with struggles and he is focused on the team effort.

“It’s team first, that’s the way that it always is,” said Dwyer. “That’s the way to bring success. We’ll get together as a group, and we’re going to get to know each other this preseason. We’ve got a lot of new guys coming in, a lot of talent, so much young talent for this club. So really it’s a time for us to get together and group and see what we can achieve.”

Head Coach Oscar Pareja is already setting high expectations for the team and the club gave a sneak peek into training under the new gaffer’s leadership.

Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger in Super Bowl Commercial

The Pride stars make up one of six inspirational stories that will feature in Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial. Budweiser teased audiences with the commercial as it shared the ad for the first time with those being featured. The commercial will feature many other heroes and role models such as Hannah Gavios, a runner who completed the New York City marathon after being paralyzed by an attacker during a sexual assault. I’m already crying.

Zadorsky Continues to Get Called Up

The Canadian Women’s National Team announced its squad for the Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifying yesterday. The Orlando Pride’s Shelina Zadorsky will suit up for as Canada aims to qualify in the Concacaf semifinals on Feb. 7.

“The players and everyone around the team cannot wait to get this year started and this qualification going,” said Kenneth Heiner-Møller, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team Head Coach. “The biggest multi-sport event in the world is only a few months away and we want to deliver a massive performance at the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Japan. First we need to qualify, so to do that, we need to focus on the next three weeks and the matches we must perform in to get there.”

Allen Chapman Talks VAR

MLS Referee of the Year Allen Chapman spoke about the controversial VAR and its clear and obvious errors.

“The definition of that is sometimes blurred since what’s clear and obvious for you may not be clear and obvious for me,” Chapman said during an interview with SiriusXM FC. “That’s where it gets crazy. In a way, we’re trying to take some of the human element out of it and just the science is telling us. But in truth, that’s not the case. There’s a lot of subjectivity. Obviously, there are areas for improvement and there’s training that we go through to try to clarify what is clear and obvious.”

Free Kicks
  • Lions’ U.S. Open Cup hero and former goalkeeper Adam Grinwis has a new team as he’s signed with Sacramento Republic FC.
  • Orlando City announced City Art Jam, which will have the new jersey available as well.
  • Everton with all of the sweetness.

That’ll do it for me today, Mane Landers. Stay safe and warm out there!