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Lion Links: 3/27/20

Nani checks in, Carson Pickett’s season, NPSL cancels season, and more.

W-League Rd 13 - Brisbane v Canberra Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images

How’s it going, Mane Landers? Hopefully you all are hanging in there as we transition from the week to the weekend. While that has lost some of its meaning with so many people working from home, that short walk from the home office to the sofa can still be really satisfying. Now, let’s get this Friday started with some links from around the soccer world.

Nani Checks In

As the MLS suspension continues, Orlando City captain Nani took to Twitter to check in with fans. The 33-year-old urged everyone to stay home while the world gets through this pandemic, but also took the time to ask how everyone was doing during this time without soccer.

Carson Pickett Recognized

Although the W-League is all wrapped up, the league is still giving shout-outs to the international players who made the trip to Australia to play in this past season. The Orlando Pride’s Carson Pickett had a great season with the Brisbane Roar, although her team couldn’t reach the postseason. A force both on offense and defense, the fullback scored three goals this season and created plenty of chances for the Roar by whipping crosses into the box. It was Pickett’s third year with the Roar and another strong showing in Australia as she worked through the Pride’s off-season.

NPSL Cancels 2020 Season

Before the National Premier Soccer League season could even get started, it is officially cancelled. NPSL Chairman Kenneth Farrell made a statement regarding the difficult and unanimous decision by the Board of Directors. It is unfortunate news for the 94 teams in the league but the NPSL is working to ensure that the league thrives in the future.

Getting to Know Will Wilson

New United States Soccer Federation CEO Will Wilson sat down to answer some questions regarding his position and the future of soccer in the country. Wilson also weighed in on the situation with the United States Women’s National Team and how there is plenty of work to be done to find a solution. It’s a great read to help get inside his head and learn more about what he is all about as a leader of the USSF.

Free Kicks

That’ll do it for today, Mane Landers. How are you all keeping sane out there? Let me know in the comments below if you have some tip or trick to keep the boredom and craziness at bay.