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Lion Links: 10/31/22

MLS Cup final is set, Thorns win NWSL, Weston McKennie injured, USWNT news, and more.

Soccer: Morocco at USA Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Halloween, Mane Landers! May your day be filled with treats rather than tricks. Are you dressing up in a costume? Perhaps you are taking the kids trick or treating or hosting a Halloween party. However you plan on spending the evening please have fun and be safe. Let’s get to the links.

MLS Cup Final is Set

LAFC will host the Philadelphia Union in the MLS Cup final next Saturday at 4 p.m. LAFC won the Western Conference on Sunday afternoon, defeating Austin FC 3-0 at Banc of California Stadium. Goals from Cristian Arango and Kwadwo Opoku combined with an own goal by Maxi Urruti decided the contest.

It took until the second half for the goals to come, but once they did the match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC took off, with the Union winning 3-1. Maxi Moralez struck first for NYCFC, but Julián Carranza and Dániel Gazdag gave Philadelphia the lead. Cory Burke added another and the Union won the Eastern Conference. It’ll be the first time the teams with the two best records in the league have met in the final since 2003.

Portland Thorns Win NWSL

The Portland Thorns defeated the Kansas City Current 2-0 Saturday night to win a record third NWSL title for the club. League MVP Sophia Smith struck early and the Thorns never looked back. A second-half own goal by Addisyn Merrick sealed the victory for Portland.

USMNT’s Weston McKennie Injured

With the World Cup only weeks away, Weston McKennie has been added to the list of USMNT players who are injured. McKennie was subbed off at halftime in Juventus’ 1-0 win over Lecce on Saturday. The midfielder suffered a thigh injury that is expected to keep him off the field for 15 days. His recovery will not leave much time before he hopefully is able to start for the U.S. in the team’s first World Cup group-stage match against Wales.

Franch Call up Expected

Goalkeeper Adrianna Franch had an excellent year for the Kansas City Current. Her five clean sheets and average of 3.4 saves per 90 minutes helped the Current make it to the NWSL Championship match. Now it appears that she will be called up to the USWNT for the upcoming friendlies against Germany next month. Franch last played for the USWNT last October. She will be replacing Aubrey Kingsbury.

Free Kicks

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