Good morning, Mane Landers. I hope this Wednesday morning finds everyone well. Before we jump into the links, let’s all take a moment to wish a very happy 38th birthday to Orlando City legend Kaká!
Óscar Pareja on Soccer After the Pandemic
After an exciting preseason and with a pair of Orlando City games under his belt, everyone was excited to see what new OCSC Head Coach Óscar Pareja could do with the Lions. Unfortunately, it all came to a hard and fast stop amid the global pandemic and Pareja doesn’t think the game will be the same once matches resume.
“I think the soccer world is not going to be the same,” Pareja said. “I don’t think it will be even similar or alike. I think the acquisition of players and the ways we negotiate players and values, for me at some point [they] were all crazy,” Pareja said. “That’s going to completely change.”
Giles Barnes Shares a Message for Orlando
Former Lion Giles Barnes took a moment to send a message to everyone in Orlando. The attacking midfielder played in Orlando during the 2017 season and although he no longer plays in Orlando, it looks like the community still holds a place in his heart.
"This is one city that I know that wears its heart on its sleeve and we can really make a difference in and around this area." @GilesBarnesReal with today's inspo. #AllForORL pic.twitter.com/REn3ewgjVN— Orlando City SC (@OrlandoCitySC) April 21, 2020
Daryl Dike’s Must-Watch Shows
In another installment of what OCSC players are watching while in quarantine, rookie Daryl Dike shared his watch list. His must sees include Money Heist, All American, and Prison Break. What have you guys been watching? I need ideas because I’ve been re-watching shows, so let me know in the comments below!
New Studies Launched to Combat ACL Injuries in Women
An ACL injury is one of the worst and most common injuries in sports, but it is affecting women at an alarming rate. The English FA, which administers the Women’s Super League and Championship competitions, is launching an audit of ACL injuries in its top two tiers.
“One of the ways to reduce the risk of an ACL is relatively simple: getting the girls to land correctly or to cut and rotate well. We call it ‘general movement competency’ and this is influenced by growth and maturation in both boys and girls. However, changes that occur to both hip width and things such as increased circulating estrogen form part of a complex puzzle that contributes to girls being classed as high-risk athletes.”
- The Eredivisie will end its season, with no soccer set in the Netherlands until Sept 1.
- Utah Royals FC acquired European stars Sarah Bouhaddi, Dzsenifer Marozsan.
- Tottenham Hotspur Stadium became the first English Premier League ground to be used for coronavirus testing.
Equipment has now been installed at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to operate drive-through COVID-19 testing and swabbing for NHS staff, families and their dependents. @SpursOfficial becomes the first @premierleague ground to be used for testing pic.twitter.com/aRUpOYi71i— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) April 21, 2020
- Dont’ miss Orlando Pride draft pick Taylor Kornieck answering questions later today on Instagram Live.
- Get your votes in for which Orlando City Classic match should stream on May 2.
That’ll do it for me today, everyone! Have a great day and stay safe.