Greetings, Mane Landers. I hope your week is flying right on by in a fashion similar to mine. Hump day has come and gone, and now it’s time for the better half the seven-day trek. Before venturing into the second half, however, let’s get right into the links.
Daryl Dike Scores First Goal for Barnsley
Orlando City striker Daryl Dike scored his first goal for Barnsley against Stoke City. The 20-year-old came on as a substitute against the Potters. The composed finish helped his side seal a 2-0 victory yesterday.
More of this (in purple) please. https://t.co/SPj8Aro3il— The Mane Land (@TheManeLand) February 24, 2021
Barnsley now sits eighth in the Championship table, just one point off a playoff spot in the hunt for Premier League promotion. Dike his Barnsley teammates next play against Millwall at home this Saturday. One may wonder if Dike will be rewarded with more match time, or maybe even a start for his impressive goal on Wednesday come the next match. Dike was understandably excited about scoring his first goal in England.
Preach! pic.twitter.com/iOlKk8qkwr— Barnsley FC (@BarnsleyFC) February 24, 2021
Jonathan Suarez Suspended by MLS During Investigation
Orlando City on-loan defender Jonathan Suarez has been suspended by MLS after being arrested on Tuesday night due to sexual battery allegations. MLS is currently awaiting more information before making any further decisions with regards to the player. The suspension is standard protocol in this situation.
Morgan Scores as USWNT Drubs Argentina 6-0 to Win SheBelieves Cup
The USWNT may have only needed a draw to secure the SheBelieves Cup title, however the Yanks outplayed Argentina with style, winning 6-0 to capture the tournament trophy. Orlando Pride forward Alex Morgan scored the side’s fifth with a sliding finish.
@alexmorgan13 makes it 5-0 for the @USWNT! #SheBelieves pic.twitter.com/LnbCrkhwnS— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) February 25, 2021
Morgan was one of five different goal scorers on the night for the United States. The team had a truly phenomenal tournament. Also, it is worth noting that Exploria Stadium may have something to do with the recent successes of the side. The record speaks for itself.
USWNT is now 7-0-0 at Exploria Stadium, outscoring opponents by a combined 22-0.— The Mane Land (@TheManeLand) February 25, 2021
Marta and Brazil Best Jordyn Listro and Canada
In the early SheBelieves Cup match, Brazil cruised past Canada by a margin of 2-0. Marta captained the Brazilians to victory and helped her side by taking part in the second goal. She pestered the Canadian defense with relentless pressure, and was a major helping hand in the goal for Julia Bianchi. Jordyn Listro did not start for Canada, however, she was subbed on in the 46 minute. Her addition did not quite help Bev Priestman’s side get anything out of the match, but she did bring some impressive passing to the field once brought on.
Listro spoke about getting her first cap with Canada:
"It was a dream come true."— Canada Soccer (@CanadaSoccerEN) February 24, 2021
️ Jordyn Listro on making her international debut for #CANWNT pic.twitter.com/hZplk8jg9E
- Orlando Pride superstar Marta shared 5 ways that sport can empower women and girls.
Our Goodwill Ambassador & Brazilian football⚽️ legend Marta shares 5 ways sport can empower women & girls! #WomenInSportpic.twitter.com/GD8jVFcabj— UN Women (@UN_Women) February 24, 2021
- USMNT and Manchester City goalkeeper Zack Steffen has joined a campaign to end systemic racism.
- Dele Alli scored an absolutely world class overhead kick in the Europa League yesterday. His side went on to win the match 4-0, bulldozing Wolfsberger AC 8-1 on aggregate.
First Giroud, now Dele Alli. It's a bicycle kick frenzy in Europe.— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) February 24, 2021
- Inter Miami is taking a page out of Orlando City’s book and signing Brazilians, adding defensive midfielder Gregore from Esporte Clube Bahia yesterday.
That’s all for this Thursday’s set of links. Have a good rest of your week. I’ll catch you next time around.