Lion Links: 11/26/21 – The land of manes


How are you, Mane Landers? Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and food. I have enough leftovers for the next few days which should help save me some money as I finish my holiday shopping. Now on to today’s links from the world of football!

Orlando City SC celebrates Thanksgiving

Orlando City players Daryl Dike, Tesho Akindele, Silvester van der Water, Joey DeZart, Derek Dodson and Raul Aguilera have all gathered to celebrate Thanksgiving this year. It’s always nice to see the Lions team up off the pitch and I love the father energy that Akindele comes out of with his kid and some of the Orlando kids.

The Orlando City Foundation also hosted its annual donation of turkeys to Exploria Stadium to provide the local community with turkeys and groceries for the holidays.

Portland Wood Ahead of Thanksgiving

In the first MLS game ever played on Thanksgiving, the Portland Timbers hit the road and beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 to book their ticket for the final of the Western Conference. Portland defenseman Larrys Mabiala found the back of the net in the 90th minute, following a corner kick, to knock the Rapids out of the playoffs. However, the victory came with some costs for the Timbers, as Sebastian Blanco left the match due to injury in the first half and Dairon Asprilla received a red card in stoppage time. The Timbers will face the winner of Sunday’s match between Kansas City Sports and Real salt lake. Sunday’s action will also include an Eastern Conference showdown between the Philadelphia Union and Nashville SC, while the New England Revolutionthe playoff campaign will not start until Tuesday against New York City FC.

USWNT Play against Australia tonight

In the first of two friendlies, the United States Women’s National Team will face Australia late tonight at 11pm in Sydney. The two teams met twice earlier this year at the Tokyo Olympics, playing a scoreless draw in the group stage before the USWNT beat Australia 4-3 to win the bronze medal. The USWNT’s roster for this pair of friendlies in Australia includes just 10 players from that Olympic squad, with Vlatko Andonovski opting for a younger squad. While no Orlando Pride player is in action for the USWNT, midfielder Emily van Egmond is expected to play for the Matildas. Van Egmond and other notable actors, such as Sam Kerr and Caitlin Foord, should test a USWNT defense who have not conceded a friendly goal against Paraguay and South Korea since the Olympics. The two will play again Tuesday at 4 a.m. in the final game of 2021 for the USWNT.

Ralf Rangnick would have defined the join Manchester United

Manchester United would appoint Lokomotiv Moscow football and development director Ralf Rangnick as his interim manager for the next six months while the club continues its search for a permanent manager. The 63-year-old has decades of experience managing German clubs such as RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Hanover. Rangnick would also be a consultant for United for two years after the six-month contract at the helm. Michael Carrick will still be at the helm for United’s English Premier League clash with Chelsea on Sunday.

Europa League action intensifies

West Ham traveled to Austria and clinches his place in the round of 16 of the Europa League after a 2-0 victory over Rapid Vienna. Member of the EPL club Leicester City also won a victory after a 3-1 result against Legia Warsaw. Leicester now sit at the top of their squad ahead of their game against Napoli, who lost 2-1 to Spartak Moscow FC. There were a number of Americans in action as Timothy Chandler secured an assist for Eintracht Frankfurt in a 2-2 draw with Sam Vines and Royal Antwerp. Deandre Yedlin and Galatasaray won 4-2 to eliminate Konrad de la Fuente and Marseille. Cameron Carter-Vickers’ Celtic lost 3-2 to Bayer Leverkusen and will return to the Europa League preliminary stage.

In the Europa League Conference, Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 to Slovenian club NS Mura. After a red card reduced Tottenham to 10 men in the first half, Harry Kane equalized but Mura found a winner in stoppage time. During this time, AS Rome sailed to a important 4-0 victory against FC Zorya Luhansk as Tammy Abraham completed her brace in style.

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  • Pride midfielder Gunnhildur “Gunny” Jonsdottir started in Iceland’s impressive 2-0 win on Japan as a friendly.
  • MLSsoccer.com‘s Sam Jones had a light interpretation what each MLS club would bring to Thanksgiving. It has been determined that Orlando City will bring a Publix sub, but be sure to check out the full article as there are some friendly jabs against rivals Orlando and other MLS teams.
  • The United States Men’s National Team World Cup qualifier against Canada on January 30 will be played in Hamilton, Ontario.
  • Christian Pulisic, Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie are just a few of the Americans to watch during this weekend’s action across Europe.
  • The temporary rule that allows teams to use five substitutions in a match is should become permanent at the annual meeting of the International Football Association Board in March.

That’s all for today. I wish you good luck with your Black Friday shopping, but don’t forget your favorite convenience stores and this weekend. Have a good Friday and stay your weekend!


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