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Lion Links: 4/26/21

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Second week of MLS wraps up, Daryl Dike and Barnsley clinch a playoff spot, European clubs push for titles, and more.

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Merry Monday morning, Mane Landers! It’s a long week between matches as Orlando City and the Orlando Pride don’t play until Saturday night. Before we dive into today’s links, lets wish a happy birthday to Orlando midfielder Sebas Mendez! The Ecuadorian has started in both of the Lions’ games so far and turns 24 today. Now, let’s get to the links.

Second Week of MLS Wraps Up

Although the Lions are still hunting for their first win of the season after a draw against Sporting Kansas City, there have been plenty of dropped points from the rest of the league as well. In all of MLS, only the LA Galaxy have won both games so far. After netting a brace in the Galaxy’s opener, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez had a hat trick in a 3-2 win over the New York Red Bulls.

In Eastern Conference action, Inter Miami won 2-1 over the Philadelphia Union, Atlanta United hosted the Chicago Fire and beat them 3-1, and an own goal sunk D.C. United in a 1-0 loss to the New England Revolution. Playing in Exploria Stadium, Toronto FC had a 2-2 draw with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Out west, Austin FC went on the road and won 3-1 against the Colorado Rapids for its first victory in MLS.

Daryl Dike Will Compete for Promotion

Orlando forward Daryl Dike played all 90 minutes in Barnsley FC’s 1-0 win over Rotherham United, but did not find the back of the net. With the win and other results across the English Football League Championship, Barnsley secured a spot in the playoffs for a chance at promotion. With two regular season games left, Barnsley is jockeying for position in the playoff alongside Swansea City, AFC Bournemouth, and Brentford FC.

As for other Americans abroad this weekend, Zack Steffen started for Manchester City and made a save in the club’s 1-0 win to lift the Carabao Cup against Tottenham Hotspur. On the women’s side, Christen Press scored a goal in Manchester United’s 4-1 win over Tottenham.

European Clubs Race to the Finish Line

As seasons reach the home stretch across Europe, clubs are making final pushes to make sure they finish on top. In the EPL, City is hunting for a treble after winning the Carabao Cup. Pep Guardiola’s squad still hasn’t clinched the league title as Manchester United chases City with five matches left in the season. Ole Gunnar Solskjær had some thoughts before United’s 0-0 draw against Leeds United, but his prediction aged about as well as milk.

Atletico Madrid lost 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao, opening the door for Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Sevilla FC to win La Liga. Things are a little more wrapped up in Italy’s Serie A after Inter Milan won 1-0 over Hellas Verona. Inter has not lost in Serie A since January 6 as it hopes to topple Juventus’ dominant reign as Serie A champions.

European Super League Clubs May Face Consequences

It’s been quite a week since the Super League formed and failed. UEFA and FIFA both condemned the clubs that attempted to form the breakaway league. Now, UEFA is saying that all the teams involved will face consequences for trying to do so. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has broken down the “offenders” into three groups.

“But for me it’s a clear difference between the English clubs and the other six. They pulled out first, they admitted they made a mistake. You have to have some greatness to say: ‘I was wrong.’ For me there are three groups of this 12 — the English Six, who went out first, then the other three [Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter] after them and then the ones who feel that Earth is flat and they think the Super League still exists [Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus]. And there is a big difference between those. But everyone will be held responsible. In what way, we will see.

Free Kicks
  • The Young Lions did well this past weekend as neither academy team lost. In the United Premier Soccer League, the U-23 side fought Inter Jax FC to a scoreless draw.
  • Pride defenders Ali Riley and Toni Pressley will be guests on NWSL Live today at 5 p.m.
  • Former Pride player Alanna Kennedy buried a goal into the upper left corner for Tottenham in that aforementioned loss to United.
  • All of English football will boycott social media from April 30 to May 3 in response to the numerous instances of discriminatory abuse directed at players. The hope is to get the social media platforms to do more to fight against the abuse.
  • Let’s end our links by congratulating former Orlando goalkeeper Joe Bendik and his family on the new arrival.

That’s going to be it for today, Mane Landers. I hope you all have a great Monday and rest of your week.