Merry Monday morning, Mane Landers! I know that plenty of you reading this have today off as a holiday. Usually I would be jealous at work trying to sell some cars, but this year I’m off as well. I know that might not seem like a big deal, but I rarely get time off for holidays, so I’m pretty happy despite Orlando City’s 2-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. I know the Lions will get back on the right side of the things, but I currently don’t know what to do with the holiday off.
Enough about me. I hope you enjoyed Independence Day and enjoyed grilled meats or impossible meats depending on your preference. I also hope you were able to see some fireworks and that you still have all your fingers if you set some off yourself. On that cheery thought, let’s get to the links.
Matheus Aias is Headed to Spain
Orlando City forward Matheus Aias was loaned out to Real Oviedo. No, not that Oviedo, this club is in Spain’s second division. The loan lasts until June 30, 2022 and there is reportedly an option to buy as well. Although Daryl Dike will head to the Gold Cup, Alexandre Pato is nearing his return from injury and this loan gives Aias an opportunity for some playing time away from Orlando. Oviedo’s season will start on Aug. 15, so Aias will have some time to settle in with his new club.
Orlando Pride Lose at Home
The Orlando Pride lost their second match in a row, falling 2-0 to the North Carolina Courage. The Courage scored off of a defensive mistake by Meggie Dougherty Howard in only the third minute of play. From then on, the Pride were chasing the game and the Courage’s Havana Solaun scored in the 66th minute. Orlando couldn’t find that last bit of quality with the ball, no matter if it was Marta, Taylor Kornieck, or Sydney Leroux. The other bad news was defender Ali Krieger coming off due to injury just before halftime. Defender Amy Turner made her Pride debut in the 80th minute as well. The Pride will host Racing Louisville FC this Friday at 7 p.m.
Orlando City U-17 Team Wins MLS NEXT Cup
The future is bright for Orlando City. One of the things that Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi and Head Coach Oscar Pareja are hoping to instill in Orlando is an academy system that will allow players to advance from near childhood to the senior team. Evidence of that system working came when Orlando’s U-17 side won the MLS NEXT Cup on Saturday night. The Young Lions defeated Players Development Academy from Somerset, NJ in penalty kicks after neither team scored during the match. Orlando goalkeeper Isaac Delgado made two saves during the shootout while Alejandro Nasato, Owen Van Marter, and Ian Silva all made their kicks to give the Young Lions the victory.
USWNT Send-Off Series Ends Tonight
The USWNT plays against Mexico tonight in its final game before heading to Tokyo for the Olympics. The match will be played in East Hartford, CT at 5 p.m. It will be the second time that the two teams will meet in five days, with the Yanks defeating Mexico 4-0 in the previous match. Pride forward Alex Morgan will be with the team, along with all the others heading to the Olympics.
- Nashville will host the United States Men’s National Team’s first home match of its 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign. The Yanks will take on Canada at 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 at Nissan Stadium.
- The semifinals are set for the Copa America, with a final between Brazil and Argentina still possible. But first, Brazil will play against Orlando goalkeeper Pedro Gallese and Peru today at 7 p.m. Argentina ousted Sebas Mendez and Ecuador in the quarterfinals and will take on Colombia tomorrow night at 9 p.m.
- Toronto FC has had a less than stellar start to the season with only one win, two draws, and eight losses. As such, the club has let Chris Armas go as head coach. The final straw was a lopsided 7-1 loss to D.C. United.
- Olivia Moultrie made her NWSL debut for the Portland Thorns against Racing Louisville, setting a record as the youngest player in NWSL history. The 15-year-old midfielder came off the bench in the 83rd minute.
That will do it for today. Go Lions, go Pride, and go USWNT!