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Lion Links: 6/6/20

Orlando City B’s return, Daryl Dike calls for change, Alanna Kennedy helps her community, and more.

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Hello, Mane Landers. I hope everyone is having a healthy and safe weekend. I’ve just been busy with schoolwork, catching up on shows, and plan to catch up with friends in Celebration tomorrow. Don’t forget to check out the Orlando City Classic against D.C. United tonight at 7:30 p.m. Now, on to the links.

USL League One Intends to Return July 18

Orlando City B soccer will return. The USL League One’s Board of Governors voted on Friday in favor of the returning to play, with a provisional start date of July 18. This is great news for the third division league and means OCB will play this season. According to the league statement, the competition format, scheduling, broadcasting, and other details will be announced in the coming weeks. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, OCB has missed out on 15 of its 28 games this season and we’ll have to wait and see how those are made up.

Daryl Dike Calls for Change

Orlando City SC forward Daryl Dike shared his thoughts on Instagram about growing up black and the need for everyone to do their part to make a difference during the protests against racism and police brutality.

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Throughout my childhood, I had often been called “the whitest black guy” that people have ever met. I have had many conversations with people who have told me that I talk like a white boy or said they wish they were black so they could be athletic. I brushed these remarks off and did not think about the bigger picture of these microaggressions. I did not look at the bigger picture when my mom specifically told me, a black boy, how to conduct myself around police officers. Racism extends farther than just George Floyd’s death. Every day we see many of our brothers and sisters placed in prejudiced conditions due to racism, but do nothing about it. We choose to remain silent. By not saying anything, we are accepting the positions we have been placed in. Not anymore. Enough is enough. Now is the time we speak and act together to destroy racism. We need every person to help this situation no matter how much voice you think you have. Every contribution helps whether it be protesting, donating, spreading the word, or simply educating yourself and your peers. I have been gifted that I am able to use my platform to speak for the millions of people who may not have a voice. Social media has given all of us the power to reach millions of people with the click of a button, so use that power you have been given. Use this power to save the people around the world today. Use this power to save the many generations come. Do not let this be another hashtag and movement that takes affect for two weeks and leaves no change. The time to change is now and we need everyone to use the power they have to help. We need everyone to end this war on racism. Lastly, for those who do not feel affected by racism. Racism is affecting the people around you and hurting them. Do not wait until racism does affect you to try to do something. Prevent it by speaking now. ✊ #blacklivesmatter #unity

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I agree with Daryl completely that it’s up to all of us to do our part as well as listen. With many athletes speaking out against racism and injustice, I’m hopeful change will come for the better.

Alanna Kennedy Helps Her Community

The Orlando Pride’s Alanna Kennedy went to help out her community in Australia. The defender packed food at the Addison Road Community Centre in Sydney and encourages anyone to donate during these challenging times.

Soccer to Watch This Weekend

The Bundesliga continues this weekend and we could have another American showdown. The first of two games to keep an eye on today is at 9:30 a.m. as Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig play SC Paderborn to remain in contention to qualify for the UEFA Champions League. At 12:30 p.m., Giovanni Reyna could get his first start for Borussia Dortmund in a match against Hertha Berlin. We could also see Timothy Chandler play today for Eintracht Frankfurt against Mainz 05. Tomorrow could feature a potential American showdown with Josh Sargent’s Werder Bremen taking on John Brooks’ Wolfsburg.

Free Kicks
  • Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao donated a ticket signed by Kaká from the last game of the 2016 season that will be auctioned for charity.
  • The Orlando Pride’s Ali Riley released her playlist this weekend for you to check out on Spotify.
  • The LA Galaxy parted ways with Aleksandar Katai after the controversy involving his wife posting racist comments on social media.

That will do it for me today, Mane Landers. Take care of yourselves and enjoy your Saturday.