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Lion Links: 5/13/24

Lions and Pride win, Luis Muriel breaks through, MLS weekend recap, and more.



Image courtesy of Orlando Pride / Jeremy Reper

Hello, Mane Landers! It was a good weekend for our teams as both Orlando City and the Pride won their respective matches. I was busy at Under Armour all weekend, as well as managing the broadcast operations for the NISA league’s matches. There is plenty to cover today, so let’s get to the links.

Lions Pick Up Key Road Win at Philadelphia Union

On Saturday, Orlando City held on for a 3-2 win on the road against the Philadelphia Union at Subaru Park. Luis Muriel scored his first two MLS goals for the Lions, and Duncan McGuire added one. Nico Lodeiro had an assist on all three goals for the Lions, recording his 15th career multi-assist game. Orlando snapped its two-game losing streak and three-match winless skid. 

It was a very tense match, with Orlando City enduring a Robin Jansson injury, two penalties for the Union — in which Daniel Gazdag converted one but got his second attempt saved by Pedro Gallese — and 19 minutes of stoppage time to hang on for the win. Orlando City moves up to 11th in the Eastern Conference with 12 points. The Lions will have a quick turnaround with a match Wednesday at Inter&Co Stadium against Inter Miami.

Luis Muriel Discusses His First Goals for Lions

Orlando City forward Luis Muriel shared some insight on what it meant to him to finally score for the Lions in their recent matchup against the Philadelphia Union over the weekend. 

“It’s been a long time coming. I’ve been waiting for that to happen,” Muriel said post-match through a translator.

“I think the adaptation of the league was something that I was really trying to get as quickly as possible. … My teammates and this group are just so hard-working, so to be able to have that and have them pushing me is great.”

Muriel delivered two goals for the Lions in their 3-2 win over the Union. Orlando Head Coach Oscar Pareja stated that scoring those two goals is very important for Muriel’s confidence and that he hopes this is just the start. 

Pride Win at Home against Bay FC

The Orlando Pride won their sixth straight match on Saturday at Inter&Co Stadium against NWSL newcomers Bay FC with a 1-0 win. Adriana’s first-half penalty conversion was the lone goal in this match, as the Pride got their ninth straight result this season. The Pride remain undefeated in league play, keeping their unbeaten streak alive at nine matches. The Pride are tied with the Kansas City Current for first place in the NWSL table with 21 points. Orlando will head out west Sunday to take on Seattle Reign FC.

MLS Weekend Roundup

We had Rivalry Week in matchday 13 action in Major League Soccer. Let’s start in Ohio with FC Cincinnati pulling out a 2-1 win against rival Columbus Crew. Cincinnati had never beaten the Crew in Columbus and avenged its playoff loss from last season. St. Louis City defeated the Chicago Fire 3-1, with Joao Klauss scoring twice. FC Dallas edged past Austin FC 2-1, and the Houston Dynamo also won 2-1 against Sporting Kansas City. The San Jose Earthquakes, New York City FC, Inter Miami, and D.C. United all won their matches with a 3-2 scoreline over Colorado Rapids, Toronto FC, CF Montreal, and Atlanta United, respectively. Christian Benteke scored three goals for D.C. United. Charlotte FC won 1-0 over Nashville SC, the New York Red Bulls won 4-2 against the New England Revolution, and LAFC cruised past Vancouver Whitecaps with a 3-0 win. The LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake match ended in a 2-2 draw, and the lone Sunday matchup was the Cascadia Cup, which saw the Seattle Sounders edge past the Portland Timbers 2-1

EPL Title Race to go to Final Day; Burnley Relegated

Manchester City crushed Fulham 4-0 on Saturday, while Arsenal defeated Manchester United 1-0 on Sunday to take the Premier League title race to the final day. Arsenal is in first with 86 points while Manchester City is second with 85 points. Manchester City plays at Tottenham tomorrow and will close out its season finale against West Ham, while Arsenal faces Everton. Burnley lost 2-1 to Tottenham over the weekend and joins Sheffield United in being relegated to the EFL Championship. Luton Town needs help, needing a win at Fulham and a Nottingham Forest loss to Burnley, and making up an inferior goal difference, which stands at 12, to avoid relegation on the final day of the Premier League season this Sunday.

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That will do it for me today, Mane Landers. Enjoy your Monday and I’ll see you next time.


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