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Lion Links: 6/25/15



Happy Thursday, Lions Nation! I know you might still be hyped from last night's match, but you'll have to curb that enthusiasm because we've still got two more days before the weekend.

Anyway, here are today's top stories:

Orlando City at Home Against the Rapids

Goals from Kaká and Cyle Larin helped lead Orlando City to a 2-0 win over the Colorado Rapids on Wednesday night. The Lions and Rapids played scoreless into halftime, but Orlando City was able to capitalize on a pair of chances minutes apart in the 62nd and 65th minutes to extend the Lions' unbeaten run at home to five games in league play and six in all competitions. Severe thunderstorms threatened the start of the match, but in the end only pushed back kickoff by 25 minutes. Be sure to check out our Player Grades and vote in our Man of the Match poll!

And the good people over at our sister blog over at Burgundy Wave are taking the loss about as hard as you'd expect. They're even calling for Pablo Mastroeni's head. Buck up, guys, we're terrorizing the Western Conference to the tune of 4-1-1 this year!

Kevin Molino is Starting to Feel Like His Old Self

Nearly two months after tearing his ACL in a friendly match against Ponte Preta, Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino is feeling good about himself and the road ahead as he recovers from his injury and prepares to return to the pitch in 2016. Paul Tenorio of the Orlando Sentinel recently spoke to Molino and profiled him for his weekly column. If you're one of those cool cats that actually has a Sentinel subscription — I mean, LOL at print media, am I right? — then you may go ahead and click on the link below.

USWNT Schedule First Two Post-World Cup Friendlies

The USWNT is still up in Canada battling it out for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup — their next match is Friday, June 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET against China in the quarterfinals — but that hasn't stopped them from preparing their post-World Cup schedule later this year. The U.S. will play a pair of friendlies against CONCACAF foes Costa Rica in August. The first is in Pittsburgh (Aug. 16) and then in Chattanooga, TN (Aug. 19).

Just Do It (But Not if it's Against Us)

Grant Wahl did some interesting reporting on on Wednesday. Chris Maxwell was the kit man for the USWNT before he was fired by U.S. Soccer earlier this year, after helping one player, Morgan Brian, sign a sponsorship deal with Adidas. Okay, so what's the big deal about that? Well, one of U.S. Soccer's biggest sponsors is Nike, a massive competitor to Adidas. Anyway, it's a sticky situation and you can read more about it in Grant's piece.

On the Look-Out for a Head Coaching Job?

Then I have great news for you! The Finland FA recently put up a job posting on its website for the open position of manager for the country's national team. All you have to do is submit your resume via email by Aug. 3. But wait, there's a catch: You need a UEFA Pro-license. Other than that, the job might be yours!

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That's all for today. Stick around on The Mane Land today, and take a look around the site at some of our wall-to-wall coverage of last night's game against the Rapids.


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