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Lion Links: 4/18/20

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MLS extends postponement of season, Orlando City’s Mount Rushmore, #ALLforORL shirts, and more.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

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?

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.

Free Kicks
  • 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.
  • Sam Stejskal and Paul Tenorio report that MLS hired former U.S. Soccer executive Jay Berhalter as a consultant.

That will do it for me today, Mane Landers. Stay strong, healthy, safe, and enjoy your Saturday.