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Lion Links: 6/5/21

Odds of Orlando City winning the East, Pride sign draft pick Kaylie Collins on the eve of a trip to Washington, and more.

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Happy Saturday, everyone. There’s no Orlando City match this weekend, but there’s still some soccer to enjoy. The Orlando Pride will be in action on the road tomorrow afternoon at Washington, the USMNT take on Mexico tomorrow night for a trophy, and there are all kinds of matches you can stream — World Cup qualifiers, international friendlies, Brazilian Serie A, and more.

Meanwhile, let’s see what’s happening in the news of the day.

Orlando City Has Fifth-Best Odds at Winning the East

According to the most up-to-date odds from BetMGM, Orlando City has the fifth-best shot at winning the Eastern Conference. The odds-on favorite to win the conference is New England, which is no surprise given the Revs’ hot start. Orlando City is off to a good start too, but the oddsmakers prefer the Philadelphia Union, Columbus Crew, and New York City FC over the Lions. Oh well.

Pride Sign Fourth-Round Pick Kaylie Collins

With backup goalkeeper Erin McLeod off on international duty with Canada — fresh off a win over North Carolina and an NWSL Save of the Week Award — the Pride filled the spot by signing USC goalkeeper Kaylie Collins. The Pride selected Collins in the fourth round (No. 34 overall) in January’s draft. Collins led her team to an NCAA tournament appearance and had another standout college season. She’ll be available for selection for Sunday’s match, but the Pride still have Ashlyn Harris and Brittany Wilson.

Orlando Pride at Washington Spirit Storylines

Alex Morgan’s search for a fifth goal in five games, the 2021 NWSL season’s first rematch for Orlando, and the Pride’s bid to make it five straight without a loss are among the storylines for Sunday when the Pride visit the Spirit. It’s been a great opening to the season and now the Pride face a tough test against the second-place Spirit on the road. The teams played to a draw in the first game of the season and it will be interesting to see which coach makes the best adjustments for Round 2.

Williams Gets Five Games Tacked onto Suspension

LA Galaxy defender Derrick Williams’ horror tackle on Andy Polo of Portland extended his suspension five more matches to a total of six. Polo is out for the rest of the 2021 season with a ruptured left quadriceps and a torn meniscus. So, just to review: costing a player a season and potentially ending their career is roughly four games worse than a light push to a referee in the minds of the MLS Disciplinary Committee.

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  • Perhaps some good signs here for the Lions:

That’s all my time this morning. Enjoy your weekend and get ready to support the Pride tomorrow.