Lion Links: 5/28/22 – The Mane Land

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Good Saturday, Mane Landers. Orlando Pride had ended a whirlwind last night to draw 2-2, with two goals coming in late at stoppage time. The Lions were at home tonight when FC Dallas came into town. Hopefully, you’ve added attending these games to your list of Memorial Day weekend celebrations. In addition, OCB will take on FC Cincinnati 2 tomorrow, so there’s still plenty of Orlando football to watch this weekend. Now, let’s take a look at what’s happening around the world of football.

Orlando City host FC Dallas

Tonight will see Head Coach Oscar Pareja against the former club for the second time since taking on Orlando City and will also be the first meeting of Papi to be held at Exploria Stadium. The kickoff is set for 19:30 FC Dallas and Orlando have split the series in their last three meetings, each club winning 2-0 at home before a final 0-0 stalemate in September 2020. Tonight, all eyes will be on the front. Jesus Ferreira. He has been a top scorer in MLS for nine seasons. Paul Arriola will also get attention after finding the fifth net with a pair of assists. Our own Josh Munsey ruined the statistics of the other far -flung teams in the scouting report.

Orlando Pride Stoppage-time Stunners

In a match that lasted just over 94 minutes, Pride players Mikayla Cluff and Darian Jenkins brought the club level when they died against the Washington Spirit. With a goal in 97:53, Jenkins will go down in Orlando folklore for not only stealing the last point but also scoring the most recent regular season goal in NWSL history. Check out the full summary of the match.

MLS East and West Best XIs

Andrew Wiebe of MLSsoccer.com featured the MLS Best XI for every conference so far this season. However, you won’t find an Orlando City player on that list. Wiebe has five Philadelphia Union players listed at best in the Eastern Conference. In addition, he selected two from New York City FC and the New England Revolution. To complete the conference, FC Cincinnati and CF Montréal represented the attacking midfield with their respective players.

For the Western Conference, Golden Boot leaders Ferreira, Arriola, and Paxton Pomykal of FC Dallas led the charge. LAFC and Nashville SC each have a pair of players. Seattle, Minnesota, Real Salt Lake, and Minnesota United completed the last four slots with one player.

Texas MLS Club Unites for Uvalde

After Tuesday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas – Austin FC, FC Dallas, and Houston Dynamo will honor the victims by wearing a reminder patch on their shirts during the MLS Sunday 14 game this weekend. In addition, each of the three MLS clubs donated funds to the Robb Elementary School Memorial Fund, created at First State Bank of Uvalde, to help victims, their families, and local communities. The three clubs issued a statement about a collaborative effort to help the community during this difficult time. In addition to donations, each club offers other ways to allow fan involvement.

Austin FC: For the month of June, Robb Elementary School Fund will be the heir to Austin FC’s Verde Store roundup program.

FC Dallas: The FC Dallas Foundation will auction the game’s t -shirts, which will be signed by players against Orlando with profits benefiting from the Robb Elementary Memorial Fund.

Houston Dynamo FC: Dynamo Charities, the official non-profit of Houston Dynamo Football Club, will auction the game-wear shirts that team players will wear against Real Salt Lake with proceeds from the benefits of the Robb Elementary Memorial Fund.

Free Kick

I hope you all enjoy your weekend getaway with your friends and family. Talk about it – If you have a family in town who has never participated in a match, what are you waiting for?!? Get extra tickets and get to Exploria Stadium tonight! Wamos Orlando!