Hello, Mane Landers. I hope you all are well and safe as we are more than halfway through April. Did you all do anything fun at home this week? I had some Zoom chats with people in the broadcasting business for school, watched Netflix’s Sunderland ‘Til I Die, and worked out to try to stay fit while indoors. Don’t forget, another Orlando City Classic will stream tonight at 7:30 p.m. for the Lions’ big win over the New England Revolution in 2017. Now, let’s get to the links.
MLS Season Postponement Extended Until June 8
Major League Soccer released a statement extending the postponement of the season through June 8. The league is considering all options for formats to finish the season, including pushing the MLS Cup into December or later. MLS is also in discussions with players about changes to compensation due to the financial impact on the league and clubs due to the coronavirus pandemic. A key caveat to this is that the reduction in player salaries would only be necessary if games are cancelled.
A Mount Rushmore for Orlando City Fans
MLS’s Extratime Radio show announced the Mount Rushmore for Orlando City’s MLS era. Their picks are Kaká, Cristian Higuita, Dom Dwyer, and Cyle Larin. Do you guys think they got it right or do you prefer the Mount Rushmore done by us here at The Mane Land that covers the club’s history beyond MLS?
You knew @KAKA would be the first name on the @OrlandoCitySC Mount Rushmore.— Extratime ⚽ (@Extratime) April 17, 2020
He's joined by @Ddwyer14, Cyle Larin and @CristianHiguit2!
Hear why (including @MattDoyle76's impassioned case for Higuita) and let us know what you think! https://t.co/CE6v0GwLGw pic.twitter.com/fmd2IcD9X3
All For Orlando T-shirts
Orlando City partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida to give fans a chance to rep their city with All For ORL T-shirts. The shirts are $20 and all proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest to help fight hunger in the community.
Orlando Pride Nominated for Tifo Challenge
The Orlando Pride were originally scheduled to have their home opener tomorrow against Sky Blue FC. With the sports world on hold and many athletes stuck at home like us, Pride players have been busy on social media connecting with fans and staying sane while we all wait for the NWSL to return. The Orlando Pride were also nominated for the #TifoChallenge by Sky Blue.
- Nani posted a Stay at Home workout and shout out video on YouTube. You can check it out below.
- Pride players showed off their workout sessions on Zoom with some hip-hop beats.
*mic check*— Orlando Pride (@ORLPride) April 17, 2020
I said a hip hop,
The hippie to the hippie
The hip hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it pic.twitter.com/x2o1aQvSDS
- Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio report that MLS hired former U.S. Soccer executive Jay Berhalter as a consultant.
Reporting with @PaulTenorio:— Sam Stejskal (@samstejskal) April 17, 2020
According to sources, MLS has hired former US Soccer executive Jay Berhalter as a consultant. Berhalter has been involved in conversations about designing the new MLS academy league.
- MLS Technical Director of Youth Development Fred Lipka joined Extratime Radio to discuss the future of United States youth development.
- English Premier League clubs remain united to finish the season. In their recent meeting, clubs discussed returning to play in June and finishing the current season by August.
- Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande will build the world’s biggest soccer stadium at a heavy cost near $2 billion.
That will do it for me today, Mane Landers. Stay strong, healthy, safe, and enjoy your Saturday.