8 days ago

Nani’s Scoring Ability Pivotal to Orlando’s Success in 2021

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsNani will need to continue scoring from unlikely positions in Orlando City’s potent offense. Since coming to Orlando City and throughout his career, Nani has been great in front of goal. The Portuguese veteran leads by example through taking initiative on the attacking front for the Lions and his experience a[...]
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8 days ago

COVID-19 May Derail Plans for Orlando City B

Image courtesy of Orlando City BOCB’s role in Orlando City’s player development could be set aside due to the global pandemic. The new year brings a lot of excitement in American soccer. January includes United States national team camps, the NWSL Draft, and the MLS SuperDraft. With all the news surrounding Orlando City and the Orlando [...]
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8 days ago

Philadelphia Union trading Kalil ElMedkhar’s homegrown rights to FC Dallas

Dave MusanteMultiple sources have indicated the Middletown, Del. native is heading to Texas to start his professional career Philadelphia Union Academy grad Kalil ElMedkhar, a first round prospect for the upcoming MLS SuperDraft, is getting his homegrown rights traded to FC Dallas, according to multiple sources. The Middletown, Del. native scored 2[...]
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9 days ago

Orlando City Positional Breakdown: Center Backs

Rhona Wise-USA TODAY SportsHow are the Lions situated at central defense headed into the 2021 season? Welcome to the third in a series of stories in which we’ll explore how Orlando City is situated entering the MLS SuperDraft later this month and the 2021 season as a whole. We’ll look at each position group and determine the relative st[...]
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9 days ago

Matt Freese called up to the U-23 USMNT

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY SportsFresse replaces Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa who was injured before camp started Injuries are forcing roster changes for the upcoming Under-23 training camp. One of those changes is now Union goalkeeper Matt Freese is replacing Real Salt Lake goalkeeper David Ochoa. Ochoa suffered a quad injury before arriving[...]
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10 days ago

Matt Freese, Donovan Pines added to U-23 roster

Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty ImagesThey replace the injured David Ochoa and Julian Araujo There have been a couple changes to the United States U-23 roster as January Camp opens in Florida. Philadelphia Union goalkeeper Matt Freese and D.C. United centerback Donovan Pines have been brought into the U-23 camp to replace David Ochoa and Julian[...]
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STARSANDSTRIPESFC.COM

10 days ago

Orlando City Positional Breakdown: Fullbacks

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsHow are the Lions situated at outside back headed into the 2021 season? Welcome to the second in a series of stories in which we’ll explore how Orlando City is situated entering the MLS SuperDraft later this month and the 2021 season as a whole. We’ll look at each position group and determine the relative s[...]
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THEMANELAND.COM

11 days ago

D.C. United acquires GK Jon Kempin in trade with Columbus

Photo by Jason Mowry/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesThe Black-and-Red have filled out their goalkeeping corps for 2021 D.C. United have acquired goalkeeper Jon Kempin in a trade with the Columbus Crew, sending their 3rd round pick in the upcoming MLS SuperDraft to Ohio in the exchange. Kempin, 27, will join a goalkeeping corps that includes Bill H[...]
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11 days ago

Young Lions Could Follow January Camp Path to USMNT

Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesOrlando’s youngsters have an opportunity to follow a trail previously blazed by former January camp success stories. Earlier this week Orlando City fans were greeted with the welcome news that there would be four familiar faces joining the USMNT and U-23 USMNT setup at the team’s traditional January C[...]
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THEMANELAND.COM

12 days ago

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 2021 Begins

Photo by Jeremy Reper/ISI Photos/Getty ImagesThis week we look at a Pride engagement, Alex Morgan’s positive test, and other COVID-19 news. Every year during the off-season I typically find myself being optimistic about the coming season. I was obviously wrong for many years, but this year I don’t think I am. When it comes to the Orland[...]
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THEMANELAND.COM

12 days ago

Official: The Crew announce signing of Kevin Molino

Photo by David Berding/Getty ImagesThe former Minnesota attacker bolsters the Columbus roster even further. It’s official. On Thursday, the Columbus Crew announced the signing of Minnesota United attacker Kevin Molino to join the MLS Cup champions roster. This signing was first reported by Jeff Rueter and Sam Stejskal of The Athletic on Wedne[...]
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MASSIVEREPORT.COM

13 days ago

The Crew officially re-signs Waylon Francis

Photo by Omar Vega/Getty ImagesThe Costa Rican veteran defender will be in Columbus for a seventh season. The Columbus Crew officially announced Wednesday afternoon the re-signing of veteran defender Waylon Francis, after the left back spoke about signing with the club for another year last week. The 30 year old will suit up in the black and gold f[...]
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13 days ago

Exploria Stadium to Host Two USWNT Friendlies vs. Colombia

Photo by Chris Brunskill-FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesOrlando Pride’s Ashlyn Harris and Ali Krieger called up for United States Women’s National Team January camp. Orlando City announced today that Exploria Stadium will host a pair of United States Women’s National Team friendlies. Both games will be against Colombia when the USWNT&r[...]
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THEMANELAND.COM

13 days ago

Orlando City Positional Breakdown: Goalkeepers

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsHow are the Lions situated right now between the sticks and what needs to happen before the 2021 season starts? Welcome to the first in a series of stories in which we’ll explore how Orlando City is situated entering the MLS SuperDraft later this month and the 2021 season as a whole. We’ll look at each posi[...]
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THEMANELAND.COM

13 days ago

Paul Arriola named to USMNT January camp

Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty ImagesAfter a successful return to national team play last month, Arriola is back for a joint USMNT/Under-23 camp in Florida D.C. United winger Paul Arriola was today named to the USMNT roster for this month’s traditional year-opening camp, which begins January 9 and runs until a rumored friendly against Serbia on[...]
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13 days ago

Chicago Fire’s Mauricio Pineda earns USMNT U-23 call up

Winslow Townson-USA TODAY SportsPineda is vying for a spot on the U.S. Olympic qualifying team Chicago Fire defender/midfielder Mauricio Pineda is heading to Florida to join the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team camp. The second-year Fire player is a part of the squad that will train alongside the senior USMNT in Bradenton, Fla. from Jan. 9-24. D[...]
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14 days ago

FC Dallas trio earns call up to US U-23 camp

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY SportsThe Homegrown trio will head to Florida for the winter camp. FC Dallas Homegrown players Jesus Ferreira, Bryan Reynolds and Tanner Tessmann have been called in by head coach Jason Kreis to represent the U.S. U-23 Men’s National Team in the upcoming training camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. The camp will ga[...]
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14 days ago

Miles Robinson, George Bello named to USMNT U-23 January training camp roster

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY SportsCongrats, fellas! Two of Atlanta United’s brightest young stars are heading back to the international stage. Miles Robinson and George Bello have each received the call to join U.S. Soccer’s hybrid USMNT/USMNT U-23 training camp in Bradenton, Florida from January 9-24. Both players have been called in by[...]
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14 days ago

Crew’s Aboubacar Keita receives called up to U.S. U-23 camp

Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsThe 20-year-old MLS Cup-winning center back has represented the United States before for the U-20 team Tuesday afternoon, the United States Men’s National Team announced the senior and Under-23 players invited to the January camp that will run from Jan. 9 through Jan. 24 in Bradenton, Florida. Among the U-23 player[...]
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MASSIVEREPORT.COM

14 days ago

U.S. Soccer announces USMNT, U-23 January Camp rosters

Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty ImagesA big camp coming to Florida. The United States Men’s National Team will begin a busy 2021 with their annual January Camp, set to begin January 9th. The camp will take place in Bradenton, Florida and will last through the end of the month. As they have done in previous years, the U-23s will also join them [...]
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STARSANDSTRIPESFC.COM

14 days ago

Aias Could Be the Second Striker Orlando Needs in 2021

Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY SportsAfter failing to make a mark in a short 2020 stint, newcomer Matheus Aias could make a big impact in his first full MLS season. When Dom Dwyer went down with an injury during the MLS is Back Tournament, Orlando City was left in a bind at striker. The only other options at the number nine were Tesho Akindele, who&r[...]
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THEMANELAND.COM

14 days ago

Major Link Soccer: Marta and Toni Pressley got engaged

Photo by Andrew Bershaw/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesThe Orlando Pride duo got engaged! Seattle 2020 in Cheney Stadium, and the loss of Bob Robertson, as told by Tacoma Rainiers staff, Seattle Mariners player Jarred Kelenic and more. 2020: R Year in Review, Part IV - We R Tacoma MLS Leaks say the kit will have an interesting new main color schem[...]
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15 days ago

Three Free Agents Who Could Fill In for João Moutinho

Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY SportsJoão Moutinho is out for another three to five months after surgery last month and the Lions must find a replacement. João Moutinho suffered a serious injury that saw him out of contention for a large portion of the previous campaign. The Portuguese left back appeared in 12 matches across all competit[...]
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THEMANELAND.COM

16 days ago

LA Galaxy 2020 player postmortem: Sacha Kljestan

Photo by Shaun Clark/Getty ImagesVeteran provided needed leadership during tough season. Sacha Kljestan joined the LA Galaxy as a free agent in the offseason ahead of the 2020 season, and demonstrated the pull the club still has locally, as the Orange County native proclaimed the Galaxy had always been his favorite local team, even though he got hi[...]
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18 days ago

State of The Mane Land: A Look Back at 2020

Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty ImagesAs the calendar turns to 2021, let’s take a last look at the worst year ever (but a pretty good year on the pitch!). Happy New Year once again to all of our faithful longtime readers, and those who have recently stumbled across our site. We here at The Mane Land have just completed our sixth calendar y[...]
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19 days ago

Looking back at some of our favorite Chicago Fire stories from 2020

Chicago Fire FCIt was an odd year, to say the least Back in February, when COVID-19 started to look more and more serious, I had a conversation with a Chicago Fire staffer about whether the league would consider holding games without fans. We both agreed that idea seemed absolutely crazy. Football without fans? How would that even work? On the mor[...]
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19 days ago

Top Moment of 2020: Lions Improbably Advance Past NYCFC

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsOur No. 1 moment of the year is Orlando City advancing past New York City FC in the playoffs with the help of an unlikely hero. As we count down to the new year of 2021 — which will be Orlando City’s seventh in MLS and the Orlando Pride’s sixth in the NWSL — and say goodbye (and good riddan[...]
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20 days ago

Top 10 Moments of 2020: Orlando Clinches a Playoff Spot

Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY SportsOur No. 2 moment of the year is Orlando City finally making the MLS Cup playoffs. As we count down to the new year of 2021 — which will be Orlando City’s seventh in MLS and the Orlando Pride’s sixth in the NWSL — and say goodbye (and good riddance) to 2020, it’s time to look back at the cl[...]
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21 days ago

Mueller’s Breakout Year Raises Questions about His Future

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsAfter a great 2020 season, what is Chris Mueller’s future in the City Beautiful? Chris Mueller has become one of the best players in Orlando City’s relatively brief history in Major League Soccer. After being drafted sixth overall back in 2018, the “Money Badger” has risen from useful super-sub [...]
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