Lion Links: 3/2/22 – The Land of the Mane

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Hello Mane Landers. Hope all is well with you in Florida. I’m glad to finally have some spring weather here in Chicago and a bit of a rest from the snow. There’s a lot to cover today, so let’s get to the links.

NWSL Publication of the Challenge Cup broadcast schedule

The National Women’s Soccer League has announced the broadcast schedule for the next NWSL Challenge Cup later this month. All six Orlando Pride games will be streamed on Paramount+ and internationally on Twitch. Five group stage matches will be televised on CBS, including a game between Angel City and San Diego Wave FC on April 2 that could feature Alex Morgan and other former Pride players.

The first Pride game is March 19 at Exploria Stadium against the defending NWSL champion Washington’s Spirit. Pride will then travel to face the North Carolina Courage on March 26 before hosting NJ/NY Gotham FC on March 30. The team will then face those same three teams again in April, with the top team in the group advancing to the knockout stage.

In preparation for the Challenge Cup, Pride will be in action tonight at 7 p.m. as they host Kansas City Current in a preseason game. The game is open to the public and the Orlando City Foundation is accepting donations to support the Parramore community.

Lions move up MLS Power Rankings

Orlando City moved up to 11th place in the latest MLS power rankings after winning 2-0 against CF Montreal at home. Facundo Torres, Ercan Kara and Cesar Araujo made their debuts and Alexandre Pato scored his first MLS goal. It may take some time for the new players to adapt, but hopefully Pato can keep the momentum going as head coach Oscar Pareja solidifies the team into a cohesive unit.

New York FC stay ahead despite losing 1-0 to The Galaxy. Nashville SC jumped three places to take second place after a 1-0 victory against the Seattle Sounders. the Columbus Crew made the biggest leap, moving up seven places to ninth after closing the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0 this weekend. Montreal fell four spots to 17th after losing to the Lions.

Houston Dynamo Apparently add Hector Herrera

According to reports, the Houston Dynamo acquired Atlético Madrid midfielder Hector Herrera as Designated Player. Herrera would join Dynamo in the summer on a free transfer once his contract expires. The 31-year-old has played for Atletico Madrid often since joining the Spanish club in 2019 and would bring plenty of experience to the Houston midfield. With Mexico, Herrera has scored 10 goals in 96 appearances and is expected to attract interest from El Tri fans in Houston.

Americans in action in Europe

Meanwhile in Europe, there are many americans in action for league and cup matches this week. Today, Tyler Adams and RB Leipzig are looking to progress in the DFB-Pokal Cup against Hannover. In the FA CupChristian Pulisic and Chelsea will face Luton Town while Josh Sargent and Norwich City will travel to Anfield to face Liverpool. Yunus Musah and Valencia take on Athletic Bilbao in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi-final.

There are also plenty of Americans to watch in the Scottish Premiership, including former Lion Chris Mueller. The winger has started in nine consecutive games for Hibernian FC and will aim for his first league goal in today’s game against Dundee FC. Cameron Carter Vickers, James Sands, Christian Ramirez and Ian Harkes are also all in action in Scotland.

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  • FCToronto reportedly set to add Italy full-back Domenico Criscito for a potential boost to his backline.

That’ll be enough for me, Mane Landers. Enjoy your Wednesday and I’ll see you next time.

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