Lion Links: 04/10/22 – The Land of the Mane

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Greetings on a beautiful Sunday morning, Mane Landers! A win always makes for a much better wake up the next day, and with an American win expected, it looks like the best Sunday morning in quite a while. Let’s go to the links.

City of Orlando extinguishes fire

The Lions hosted the chicago fire at the Exploria Stadium on one of the best days in weeks, and managed to earn all three points in a 1-0 victory. Orlando City’s pressing style of play did a very good job of getting into the attack and winning the ball back when lost. Chicago’s Brian Gutiérrez received two yellow cards and was sent off in the 43rd minute, giving Orlando City the man advantage for the rest of the game. Ercan Kara scored his first goal in purple and the Lions netted their first free kick in the 59th minute.

Check back for our player ratings and five takeaways later today.

USWNT Easily win against Uzbekistan

The United States hosted Uzbekistan in Columbus for the first of two friendlies, defeat the visitors, 9-1. It took 26 minutes for Andi Sullivan to put the United States on the board, but the Yanks scored three more before halftime with a goal from Mallory Pugh and two from Sophia Smith. The team went on to score five more goals, with Smith completing the hat-trick and goals from Jaelin Howell, Catarina Macario, Ashley Hatch and Ashley Sanchez. Uzbekistan’s Aziza Norboeva scored a consolation goal in the 70th minute. The two teams will meet Tuesday night at Subaru Park in Pennsylvania.

Results of Around the MLS

InterMiami CF finally won a gamebeating the New England Revolution, 3-2. Of course, this was a contest between the bottom two teams in the Eastern Conference. In Philadelphia, the Union benefited from an own goal speak Columbus Crew‘s Eloy Room in the second minute. That was the extent of the scoreline, as Union won 1-0. In the last of the first games, CF Montreal completed a comeback win above New York Red Bulls, 2-1, thanks to second-half goals from Rudy Camacho and Romell Quioto. At El Trafico, the LA Galaxy nearly lost a 2-0 lead before in desperation for a 2-1 win. LAFC appeared to score the second of their stoppage time goals through Latif Blessing, but Chris Penso called it off during a video review. Toronto FC went to Rio Tinto and shot a man, but returned home with a 2-2 draw. FC Dallas won 3-1 at home over the Colorado Rapids, while the Houston Dynamo won a crazy game at 4-3 back and forth on San Jose. Nashville SC claimed a 2-1 win on the road at Sporting Kansas City. In a Cascadia rivalry game, the Portland Timbers went on the road and defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-2. The Caps missed a penalty in the game.

Around the EPL

It was a crazy day in the English Premier League on Saturday from Everton defeat Manchester United, 1-0. The Toffees are trying to stay out of the relegation zone, and Manchester United are try to get into the top four. Everton’s home win keeps them afloat but Manchester United’s hopes of a top four finish are fading.

It’s been a little over a month since Jesse Marsch took over the reins of Leeds Unitedand Saturday United took care of business, beat Watford 3-0 at Vicarage Road. Watford boss Roy Hodgson is also trying to avoid relegation. If he can’t turn around at Watford, it will be the first time one of his clubs has fallen.

Chelsea could still be 10 points behind liverpool and Manchester Citybut the Blues are decimating Southampton by a score of 6-0 on Saturday to secure third place. Mason Mount and Timo Werner each scored two goals, Marcos Alonso and Kai Havertz each with a goal of their own.

Arsenal’s very bad, not good week culminated with a 2-1 defeat against Brighton & Hove Albion FC. Brighton’s first-half goal from Leandro Trossard gave the Seagulls the lead and they never gave it up. Enock Mwepu gave Brighton a two lead and only a late goal from Arsenal’s Martin Ødegaard saved the visitors a clean sheet. The defeat made it harder for the Gunners to break into the top four, and a Champions League place.

Tottenham retained fourth place with a 4-0 win finished AstonVilla. An early goal from Son Heung-min put Spurs in place in the third minute. Dejan Kulusevski added the second goal five minutes into the second half, and Son added two more for a hat trick that day. Steven Gerrard will have plenty of movies to study for his team after this one.

Free kicks
  • If you’re like me, you’ll be tuning in to see what could be the game that decides whether Liverpool or Manchester City win the EPL this season. The two titans meet City one point ahead of the Reds in the standings. Here is three key battles between the sides to look for in the match.
  • If you’re looking for a gift idea for the football/Ted Lasso person in your life (or say your favorite Mane Land PawedCast co-host/lead columnist), you could do worse than these excellent candles.
  • Pato is just a good guy.

That will suffice for today. I’ll see you tomorrow morning. Watch LML later today for a recap of OCB’s South Florida trip.

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