Lion Links: 8/4/22 – The Land of the Mane

How are you, Mane Landers? After a hectic month of July, I made the most of August. I haven’t done much beyond following Only murders in the building, but it’s nice to relax in the rest of the summer this way. The heat is always hard to deal with, so make sure you stay hydrated there. For now, let’s dive into today’s links!

Joey DeZart undergoes successful knee surgery

Orlando City Midfielder Joey DeZart underwent a successful procedure to fix the lateral hamstring in his right knee and will be out for three to four months. The 24-year-old was injured on July 17 in Orlando City B’s 4-3 win over chicago fire II. In his third year with Orlando, DeZart only appeared for the first team once in a brief appearance in May.

Erin McLeod for Save of the Week

Again, Orlando Pride goaltender Erin McLeod has been nominated for NWSL Backup of the week. McLeod’s save this time around was crucial in stoppage time as she denied Kristen Hamilton and then snuffed out the rebound to preserve a 2-2 road draw against Kansas City Current. Kansas City goaltender Adrianna Franch was nominated for stopping Mikayla Cluff’s shot from close range in that same game.

Sebastian Lletget is traded to FC Dallas

The New England Revolution have traded American midfielder Sebastian Lletget to FC Dallas in exchange for $600,000 in general allocation money. Lletget was traded to the Revolution last winter from the The Galaxy and now joins a Dallas team that includes fellow Americans Paul Arriola and Jesus Ferreira.

In other MLS transfer news in the west, the Colorado Rapids added midfielder Felipe Gutierrez on loan of CD Universidad Católica in Chile. Real salt lake exchanged the allowance money to LAFC in traded for striker Danny Musovski. The Vancouver Whitecaps too signed Austrian midfielder Alessandro Schöpf to a contract until the 2024 season. According to reports, Charlotte FC is bartering Christian Makoun to the Revolution and finalize the signing of centre-back Adilson Malanda from Ligue 2 in France.

Candidature of South American nations for the organization of the World Cup

A joint effort by Uruguay, Argentina, Chile and Paraguay has been announced to bid to host the 2030 World Cup. The bid relies heavily on the feeling that this is happening 100 years later Uruguay hosted the first World Cup.

“There will be other World Cups,” added CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez, “but a hundred years only ends once, and it should be at the place of birth. All of football owes a moral debt to those who dreamed of and made possible the first World Cup, and that’s why we want the competition to return to where it began. We don’t have great economic resources, but we can refer to history.

However, economic factors and the fact that the 2026 World Cup will already be held in the Western Hemisphere could hurt the bid’s chances. Spain and Portugal also have a joint bid to host the World Cup in 2026, so it will be interesting to see how it all plays out.

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  • Javier Carrillo, who coaches Orlando City’s U-17 side, has earned his elite training coaching license.

That’s all I have for you today, Mane Landers. Hope you all have a great Thursday!