How’s it going, Mane Landers? I’ve been enjoying the cooler weather as temperatures drop a bit heading into the weekend. Decision Day is only a few days away so make sure to get your game plans in order. Let’s dive right into today’s links from around the soccer world.
Orlando City Prepares for CF Montreal
Decision Day will determine whether or not the Lions will claim a spot in the postseason as they face CF Montreal this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. in Canada. The Lions can book their ticket with a win or a draw while Montreal will need all three points to make the playoffs. Orlando is undefeated this season when keeping opponents from scoring multiple goals, which will be a tough task against a Montreal offense that is getting healthier as both Romell Quioto and Lassi Lappalainen returned from injury in a 2-0 win over the Houston Dynamo earlier this week. One of the biggest match-ups during the game will be between Orlando’s wide defenders and Montreal’s Djordje Mihailovic. The 22-year-old American is enjoying a career year with Montreal and is second in the league with 16 assists.
Orlando Pride Face an Important Off-Season
After missing out on the playoffs, the Pride now turn their attention to a busy off-season with the 2022 NWSL Expansion Draft and 2022 NWSL Draft both set to take place next month. The Pride will be in the market for a new coach after Marc Skinner left during the summer and interim head coach Becky Burleigh withdrew from consideration. The midfield will also need a revamp to better connect the team’s stars on offense and defense. Phoebe McClernon and Taylor Kornieck had good years in Orlando and Viviana Villacorta will give the Pride another option in the midfield when she recovers from the ACL injury that kept her from playing this year.
USMNT Roster Revealed for November Qualifiers
United States Men’s National Team Head Coach Gregg Berhalter named his 25-man roster for World Cup qualifiers later this month against Mexico and Jamaica. Orlando City forward Daryl Dike was not selected for these qualifiers despite a good run of form with the Lions and Berhalter gave his reasoning for the choice.
“We want dynamic movement in the penalty box. These type of things are important. Daryl, I think is getting back to his form. I think he will have a role to play with the national team in the future, I think it’s just not exactly where we need it to be right now. Jordan, similar, he’s a strong, physical forward, more of a stationary type of forward, a hold-up player. And we’re looking for guys that are running a little bit more.”
Christian Pulisic returns to the team after his injury in September and joins other European-based players such as Weston McKennie, Brenden Aaronson, and Tyler Adams. Sergino Dest is excluded from the roster due to a back injury and 18-year-old right back Joe Scally earns his first call-up after doing well with Borussia Monchengladbach. Veteran center back John Brooks also won’t be with the squad and agreed with Berhalter’s decision.
“The decision to leave me out of this this camp isn’t surprising given some of my recent performances.”— Doug McIntyre (@ByDougMcIntyre) November 4, 2021
Impressive accountability from John Brooks. Here’s his full statement to @FOXSports on being left off the latest #USMNT roster: pic.twitter.com/i5CdZzIbSH
USWNT Will Play Australia Later This Month
In its final games of 2021, the United States Women’s National Team will travel to take on Australia for a pair of friendlies. The USWNT will play the Matildas in Sydney for the first time on Nov. 27 before traveling to face them again in Newcastle on Nov. 30. The games will be good tests for the USWNT after friendlies against Paraguay and South Korea, following the Olympics. It is also the first time the USWNT will make the trip to Australia since a 1-0 win in Newcastle in 2000.
- The Dynamo parted ways with head coach Tab Ramos after a disappointing season. Houston is the only team that won’t be in action on Decision Day and will immediately begin the search for a new head coach as the team hasn’t made the playoffs since 2017.
- MLS made a statement in regards to the allegations of misconduct made by the Vancouver Whitecaps’ women’s team.
- The New England Revolution unveiled their new logo that will be used next year. While I like the stylized “R” and colors, I’m not a huge fan of the band going across it.
- American goalkeeper Zack Steffen signed a new deal with Manchester City that will last through 2025.
- Napoli, Bayer Leverkusen, Lyon, and Celtic were a few of the big winners from a busy day in the Europa League. In Antonio Conte’s first game managing Tottenham Hotspur, his side nearly blew a three-goal to Vitesse but held on for 3-2 win in the Europa Conference League while AS Roma battled back for a 2-2 draw with Bodo/Glimt.
That’s going to be all from me today. Decision Day is going to be tense for Orlando fans, but don’t forget to have some fun out there as we support the Lions from home.