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Lion Links: 8/18/21

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Orlando City faces Nashville SC tonight, Orlando Pride loan Konya Plummer to AIK, Derek Dodson scores, and more.

Leagues Cup 2021: Quarterfinals - Santos Laguna v Orlando City SC Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

Hello, Mane Landers. I hope all is well down in Florida. I’ve had a busy week at work and will try to catch up on some soccer this weekend. We have plenty to cover today, so let’s get to the links.

Orlando City SC Faces Nashville SC Tonight

Orlando will be on the road tonight for a midweek match-up against Nashville SC. The match kicks off at 8:30 p.m. and you can watch it locally on FOX 35 Plus or you can stream it on the LionNation app. The Lions currently sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, just one point behind third-place Nashville. Orlando hasn’t lost in its past three MLS games as the team prepares to play in Nissan Stadium, where Nashville has yet to lose a match this season. Tonight’s match is the first of three meetings between the two sides this year. The last time the two played each other was on Decision Day in 2020, with Nashville winning 3-2 at Exploria Stadium.

Orlando Pride Loan Konya Plummer to Sweden’s AIK

Defender Konya Plummer was loaned from the Pride to AIK in Sweden through Nov. 15. With Ali Riley’s return from the Olympics and the recent addition of Amy Turner, Plummer will see more opportunities for playing time while on loan than with the Pride. AIK is near the bottom of the table in Sweden’s top flight and has conceded a league-high 36 goals in 13 matches this season. Drafted 10th overall in the 2020 NWSL draft, Plummer has made seven appearances and played 305 minutes across all competitions for the Pride. This should be a good move for all parties as Plummer can get important minutes abroad while the Pride will still have a strong group of defensive players for the rest of the season.

Derek Dodson Scores for Hartford Athletic

Orlando City forward Derek Dodson continues to do well in the USL Championship while on loan with Hartford Athletic. Dodson scored Hartford’s first goal in a 2-1 win over the Charleston Battery, getting his head on a nice cross from Danny Barrera in the 31st minute.

The goal was Dodson’s fourth with Hartford since going on loan in early July. Orlando drafted Dodson with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft and can recall him at any point while on loan. With the win, Hartford moves back into playoff position and its next match will be on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. against Miami FC.

Megan Rapinoe is Taking Time to Decide Her Future

Earlier this week, United States Women’s National Team forward Carli Lloyd announced her retirement from soccer. OL Reign forward Megan Rapinoe also won bronze with the USWNT at the Olympics and isn’t sure what her future in soccer holds. She returns to the NWSL this week and will spend some time thinking about her next move.

“Just in terms of my whole career, I don’t really know yet. I need to take some time to think about it,” Rapinoe said on ESPN’s Spain and Fitz show when asked whether she would be following Lloyd into retirement.

“They always say, ‘You’ll know when you know,’ but it’s not really like that, because you could kind of keep going, and it’s like ‘Aw yeah, you’ve accomplished so much, you’ll be fine stepping away.’ But the conversation is always anguished in your mind. Or people just don’t think about it. I’ve been thinking about it a lot.”

Free Kicks
  • Orlando defender Kyle Smith talked about how he and the Lions are staying grateful and positive.

That will do it for me today, Mane Landers. Enjoy your Wednesday and I’ll see you next time.