Good Morning Lions fans! The weekend is almost here, which means plenty of excitement all around MLS. Today, we have quite a few interesting tidbits regarding Orlando City specifically! So, let's dive in to this morning's links!
Grant Wahl's Take on Orlando City
I highly recommend anyone that hasn't read this article from Grant Wahl yet to pop a squat and enjoy. The esteemed American soccer journalist features Phil Rawlins' path to Orlando and gives a brief description of the atmosphere in the city.
St. Ledger Shakes Off T-Swift Rumor
Yesterday, Lion Links included an article featuring the hot rumor that Orlando City’s Irish center back could possibly be dating pop star Taylor Swift. Well, the Irish Lion has now cleared that up. St. Ledger tweeted this yesterday…
I think the guys @SoccRepublic cut out an important part of that interview where I said that I think miss swift is seeing a certain dj!
— Sean St Ledger (@seanstledger12) April 8, 2015
It seems that Miss Swift is indeed seeing Calvin Harris, just as most pop culture fanatics could've already told us. Oh well, St. Ledger still thinks there is a chance we will see Taylor Swift at an upcoming match!
Tenorio Catches Up With Jamie Watson
Paul Tenorio took the Minnesota United FC vs. Orlando City reserves closed-door scrimmage as a chance to reconnect with former Lion Jamie Watson. Tenorio speaks to the striker, who scored 23 goals and assisted 13 times with Orlando City, about his admiration of the club from afar. Watson says he wants nothing but the best for Orlando, and hopes that Minnesota United meets the Lions later on this year in the U.S. Open Cup.
Deford's Hot Take on Soccer in America
Well-respected, longtime American sportswriter Frank Deford said yesterday that MLS is not going to be a major league anytime soon. The NPR senior correspondent broadcast his opinion that with high quality foreign soccer leagues so easily available to American fans, MLS will continue to struggle to achieve major league status. He believes that MLS' fight to achieve prestige is nothing more than a fantasy. What do you think? Click bait or actual substance?
Dare to Zlatan Search Engine
Have you ever been surfing the web, but for some reason you can't find the perfect article about Zlatan Ibrahimovic that you've been looking for? Have no fear! SweetPop media agency has created Zlaaatan.com, so that nobody ever struggles to find information about the all-star striker again.
The search engine, which functions like Google, filters out all results that do not relate to Ibra himself. Over 100,000 people have already used the search engine since its launch on Thursday.
U.S. Soccer News
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) April 8, 2015
Also from U.S. Soccer, Jeff Crandall previewed the first two rounds of the U.S. Open Cup draw yesterday.
That's it for the Lion Links today, everybody. Enjoy your Thursday!