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Orlando Pride Signs Seven Players
With the NWSL Fall Series about to start and many of the Pride’s players out on loan, it comes as no real surprise that the club has signed seven players to short-term contracts. The Pride announced yesterday the signing of defenders Carrie Lawrence and Ally Haran, midfielders Zandy Soree, Deneisha Blackwood, Jordyn Listro, and Savanah Uveges, and forward Kate Howarth. They will all join the team for the upcoming series.
“We are very excited to add each of these players to the Orlando Pride,” Head Coach Marc Skinner said. “All seven represent the young, hungry talent we are hoping to identify and work with for the upcoming match period. We’ve been very happy with the progress each of these players have made since joining us and look forward to giving them the opportunity to play for the Pride in the Fall Series.”
MLS NEXT Unveiled
The new elite youth development platform created by MLS and top academies around the world, known as MLS NEXT was unveiled this week. The platform will include 489 teams across 113 clubs, while stretching over six age groups, all in an effort to advance players to first teams.
”MLS NEXT advances player development in North America, furthering Major League Soccer’s commitment to developing world-class players through an elite competitive pathway,” said Fred Lipka, VP and technical director of MLS Player Development, in a statement. “Major League Soccer is excited to begin MLS NEXT competition which will place player development at the forefront while giving players a safe and healthy environment to advance from academies to MLS first teams.”
Lee Nguyen Traded Back to New England Revolution
Orlando City is set to play Inter Miami again this weekend, and it was announced yesterday, that the New England Revolution have acquired Lee Nguyen from Miami. In exchange, Miami will receive a fourth-round selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft and up to $50,000 in General Allocation Money (GAM). His best seasons were with the Revs from 2012-2017 when he scored 51 goals and added 49 assists, helping New England make it to the 2014 finals.
FIFA World Cup 2022 World Cup Update
Concacaf has had continued discussions with its members, FIFA, and other stakeholders as the confederation works toward returning to competition. Following those discussions, Concacaf and FIFA both agree that the Concacaf qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar will not be played during the October/November FIFA match windows, but will instead begin with the first round in the FIFA match window of March 2021. New schedules will be released when finalized.
- We all know Marta is the queen, now you can pre-order a shirt and let the world know.
- Don’t miss Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger on Instagram live later today.
What questions do you have for Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris? The Royal Couple join us LIVE tomorrow on Instagram Live to celebrate the return of @NWSL and the @ORLPride 5.30 PM ET (Follow along on Insta https://t.co/vQV76hl9fr) pic.twitter.com/NlSvIUGxlc— Men in Blazers (@MenInBlazers) September 8, 2020
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th international goal.
UNBELIEVABLE!— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 8, 2020
Cristiano Ronaldo scores international goal No. 100 in epic fashion pic.twitter.com/KJuFNj7ld8
- Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford has received the PFA Merit Award for his efforts in fighting childhood hunger during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Early reports suggest the NWSL Expansion Draft is coming in November.
Expansion draft timing for #NWSL, thanks to multiple sources:— Meg Linehan (@itsmeglinehan) September 8, 2020
Oct 17: #NWSLFallSeries ends
Nov 4: Deadline for teams to submit list of protected players
Nov 5: Final list distributed to the teams
November 12, 12 PM ET: Expansion draft
Trade window opens back up Nov 13.
- Carlos Bocanegra was elected to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. As the lone inductee, it begs the question, how do others such as Hope Solo, Jaime Moreno, and Steven Cherundolo continue to be overlooked?
- Portland Timbers’ Sebastian Blanco will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL.
That’s going to do it for me today, everyone. Have a great day and stay safe!