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Lion Links: 1/3/20

Orlando City’s off-season, Pride players nominated for Central Floridian of the Year, Traxler returns to SeaWolves, and more.

W-League Rd 6 - Melbourne v Brisbane Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images

How’s it going, Mane Landers? We’re approaching the first weekend of 2020 and I hope you have some fun or relaxing plans lined up. I’m already failing my exercise and diet resolutions and we’re not even a week into the new year yet so wish me luck. Hopefully all of your 2020 hopes and dreams are off to strong starts though. Now, let’s kick off this Friday with some links from around the soccer world.

Orlando City Off-Season Round-Up

Here is a nice refresher on all of the moves Orlando’s made so far this off-season, the most recent being the addition of center back Antonio Carlos. Now the club looks ahead to 2020 and most attention will be on new Head Coach Oscar Pareja as he is the latest to try leading Orlando to the playoffs. Pareja will likely bring in more players for the upcoming season and there are plenty of transfer targets he could try bringing in. The MLS SuperDraft begins on Jan. 9 and Orlando has the fifth pick and a decent track record at finding talent in past years, so make sure to get up to date on the details and how to tune in.

Pride Players Nominated as Central Floridian of the Year Finalists

The Orlando Pride and United States Women’s National Team’s Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger, and Ashlyn Harris were named as finalists for the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Floridian of the Year. Not only did the trio win a World Cup this past summer, but they were outspoken in support of equal rights and pay for women’s soccer players. While you will definitely recognize their names on the list of finalists, I suggest checking out the others you may not have heard of to learn more about the unsung heroes in our community.

W-League Recap and Preview

Pride defender Alanna Kennedy made the W-League Team of the Week after a strong performance in Round 7 down in Australia. Kennedy led Sydney FC’s defense to a 2-0 shutout win against Adelaide United and seems to have found her footing with the team after a sluggish start to the season.

In Round 8 action, Emily van Egmond and Claire Emslie both started for Melbourne City in a 2-0 victory against Pride teammate Carson Pickett and the Brisbane Roar. Pickett had five shots, three on target, but couldn’t find the back of the net as City won its sixth-straight. Later this week, Camila and Canberra United host Kennedy and Sydney in a tough test with plenty on the line.

Traxler Returns as SeaWolves’ Coach

The Orlando SeaWolves named Tom Traxler as their head coach once again on Thursday. Traxler was the head coach for the SeaWolves in their inaugural season when the team went 9-15, missing out on the playoffs. Traxler is a known figure in the Central Florida soccer scene and has his work cut out for him with a team that is performing worse than when he last coached them.

“I’m very excited to return to the Seawolves organization,” Traxler said. “The club, its players, and especially its supporters have a very special place in my heart. I can’t wait to rekindle our relationship. I look forward to working alongside Andrew Haines and the staff to help the club continue to grow.”

Here is Traxler’s video message to the fans:

Free Kicks
  • In Orlando City B news, versatile midfielder Austin Amer will be back with the team for the upcoming season.

That’s going to do it for me, Mane Landers. I hope each and every one of you have an awesome Friday and I’ll be bringing you even more links tomorrow.