MLS Orlando City 2018 season preview: Roster, projected lineup, schedule, national TV and more Thomas Floyd @thomasfloyd10 Last updated 1 year ago 00:18 27/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Bill Streicher/USA Today MLS Orlando City Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram and Oriol Rosell are among the signings brought in this offseason as a new-look Lions squad eyes the postseason If Orlando City again fails to make the playoffs in 2018, the club certainly won’t have complacency to blame.Perhaps no MLS team reinvented itself more this offseason than Jason Kreis’ Lions, who parted ways with club icons Kaka and Cyle Larin while bringing in a host of newcomers, including proven MLS standouts Sacha Kljestan, Justin Meram and Oriol Rosell.Orlando still hasn’t been to the MLS playoffs since entering the league in 2015, but there’s no doubting the club’s ambitions this year. Entering his second full season the job, Kreis will surely be feeling the pressure to end that drought and bring postseason soccer to Central Florida. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp How did Orlando City perform in 2017?2017 finish: 10th in Eastern Conference (10-15-9), missed the playoffsA 6-1-0 start seemed to place Orlando among the Eastern Conference contenders, but the Lions promptly fell off a cliff. Kreis’ side managed just four wins the rest of the season, going 0-6-2 from July through early September and ultimately finishing 11 points out of a playoff spot.Orlando City’s key offseason lossesBrazilian legend Kaka announced his retirement after three MLS seasons, having faded into a bit-part player down the stretch last season. He was followed through the exit door by leading scorer Cyle Larin, who prompted a messy divorce from Orlando by forcing through a move to Besiktas.While Kaka and Larin were the two biggest names to leave Orlando, the housecleaning was exhaustive: part-time starters Jose Aja, Tommy Redding, Antonio Nocerino, Servando Carrasco, Giles Barnes and Carlos Rivas have moved on as well.Orlando City’s key offseason additionsThe headliner is Sacha Kljestan, who arrived via a trade with the New York Red Bulls following back-to-back seasons leading MLS in assists. Justin Meram, meanwhile, was acquired from the Columbus Crew after notching a career-high 13 goals in 2017.Orlando also was busy with signings from abroad. Paraguayan playmaker Josue Colman, 19, has joined as a young designated player, while veteran Senegalese center back Lamine Sane was brought in from Werder Bremen to solidify a leaky defense. But the most influential addition could be former Sporting Kansas City defensive midfielder Oriol Rosell, who joined Orlando after a stint with Sporting CP.Libya international Mohamed El-Munir is a candidate to win the job at left back, while Amro Tarek, R.J. Allen, Jose Villarreal and Stefano Pinho have been signed as depth. The club also added two midfield prospects, acquiring the homegrown rights to Cam Lindley from Chicago and taking Chris Mueller sixth overall in the MLS draft.Full Orlando City roster entering 2018 seasonGoalkeepers: Joe Bendik, Earl Edwards Jr., Adam Grinwis, Mason StajduharDefenders: R.J. Allen, Pierre Da Silva, Mohamed El-Munir, Victor “P.C.” Giro, Lamine Sane, Jonathan Spector, Scott Sutter, Amro Tarek, Donny ToiaMidfielders: Josue Colman, Cristian Higuita, Will Johnson, Sacha Kljestan, Richie Laryea, Cameron Lindley, Justin Meram, Dillon Powers, Tony Rocha, Oriol Rosell, Jose Villarreal, Yoshimar YotunForwards: Dom Dwyer, Chris Mueller, Stefano PinhoOrlando City’s projected starting lineupBendik is locked in as the No. 1 between the posts, and Sane figures to partner with Spector in central defense while Tarek provides depth. Sutter and El-Munir should be favored to start at fullback, though Allen and Toia are established options.Whether Kreis goes with a 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2 diamond or something else entirely, Rosell can be expected to sit in front of the back line. Yotun will be shaded toward the left, and Kljestan should play as a No. 10. Meram and Colman are versatile enough to play out wide or in central attacking roles. Expect Higuita, Powers and Johnson to be in the mix for midfield minutes, as well.Having shared the front line with Larin following his midseason arrival, Dwyer can now play the lone striker role he flourished in with Kansas City. If Kreis does play a 4-4-2, Meram and Pinho are the top options to partner with Dwyer up top.Orlando City’s national TV coverageNew York City FC vs. Orlando City – Saturday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. ET on UnivisionOrlando City vs. New York Red Bulls – Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. ET on UniMasOrlando City vs. Portland Timbers – Sunday, April 8, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNPhiladelphia Union vs. Orlando City – Friday, April 13, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNColorado Rapids vs. Orlando City – Sunday, April 29, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPNOrlando City vs. Atlanta United – Sunday, May 13, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1Atlanta United vs. Orlando City – Saturday, June 30, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNLos Angeles FC vs. Orlando City – Saturday, July 7, at 4:30 p.m. on FoxOrlando City vs. New York City FC – Thursday, July 26, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNLA Galaxy vs. Orlando City – Sunday, July 29, at 9:30 p.m. ET on FS1D.C. United vs. Orlando City – Sunday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m. ET on FS1Orlando City vs. Atlanta United – Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNChicago Fire vs. Orlando City – Sunday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m. ET on FS1
Burnley 2 Everton 1: Wood returns to win it for Clarets Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 22:22 3/3/2018 Getty Images Cenk Tosun’s first Premier League goal was in vain as Burnley came from behind to win 2-1 at Turf Moor, substitute Chris Wood heading home. Chris Wood returned from injury with a winning goal, the striker heading in to secure a 2-1 comeback victory for Burnley at home to 10-man Everton on Saturday.Cenk Tosun’s first Premier League goal had put Everton ahead, but the Toffees collapsed to a fifth successive away defeat in the league.Ashley Barnes scored for the second Premier League game in a row to level after the interval, beating the otherwise impressive Jordan Pickford at his near post. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp And half-time substitute Wood came up with the winner, ensuring Sean Dyche’s men marked his 250th game in charge with a victory, their first in any competition since December.Wood was featuring for the first time in 2018 and he headed in a Johann Gudmundsson corner to complete the comeback.A disappointing afternoon for Everton worsened late on when centre-back Ashley Williams was sent off for elbowing Barnes, the Wales international now facing a suspension with Sam Allardyce’s men still having work to do to make absolutely sure of safety.1 – This is the first time that Burnley have won a Premier League game after going behind under Sean Dyche (61 games – W1 D12 L48). Character. pic.twitter.com/h8WyIR8YAQ — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Gudmundsson’s deflected strike was saved by Pickford as the Clarets made a bright start.Everton should have taken the lead after 14 minutes, Theo Walcott blazing over the crossbar after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s sharp cutback found him eight yards out.The deadlock was broken five minutes later though, Tosun opening his Everton account.Walcott’s cross from the right was flicked on by Seamus Coleman – making his 250th Toffees appearance – with Tosun left unmarked eight yards out to beat Nick Pope with a simple header.Pope denied Tosun and then saved from Walcott as Everton cut Burnley open with a rapid break.Chances continued to come with Barnes forcing a fine fingertip save from Pickford, the striker prematurely celebrating after thinking his header from a Matt Lowton cross was in.Dyche sent on Wood at the break, and Burnley then forced two great saves from Pickford.The goalkeeper dived low to his left to turn Aaron Lennon’s drive around the post, before tipping over Ben Mee’s header from the resulting Gudmundsson corner.And Burnley’s pressure eventually told, Barnes equalising after 55 minutes.2 – Ashley Barnes has scored in successive appearances for Burnley in all competitions for the first time since December 2014. Relief. #BUREVE pic.twitter.com/IaUb1dUD4Y — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 3, 2018 Lowton’s superb throughball sent Barnes racing away from former Burnley defender Michael Keane and he confidently beat Pickford at his near post from close range.Pickford denied Barnes a carbon-copy of his goal, Lowton having sent the striker clear again, before Everton substitute Oumar Niasse hit a volley well over the crossbar.Sigurdsson could have snatched all three points for Everton after brilliantly turning James Tarkowski, but the Iceland international lacked composure with his finish and fired wide.And that miss proved pivotal as Wood held off his marker to nod home Gudmundsson’s corner to end a long wait for a Burnley win, with Williams’ late red compounding the misery for Allardyce’s side. Key Opta stats:- Burnley have equalled their best-ever Premier League points tally in a single season (40 – level with 2016-17), with nine games remaining in 2017-18.- Everton have now lost 19 competitive games in 2017-18; their most in a single season since 2005-06 (21).- This is the first time that Burnley have won a Premier League game after going behind under Sean Dyche (61 games – W1 D12 L48).- Ashley Barnes scored in consecutive Premier League games for the first time since December 2014.- Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been directly involved in eight Premier League goals this season (2 goals, 6 assists), three more than any other Burnley player. read more
Transfers Lozano, De Ligt and 15 summer transfer targets in Eredivisie Peter McVitie 21:01 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Eredivisie Heerenveen VVV Ajax Groningen ADO Den Haag Sparta Rotterdam AZ Utrecht Heracles Roda JC PSV Excelsior Feyenoord NAC Breda Willem II PEC Zwolle Vitesse Twente The Eredivisie remains a fruitful hunting ground for Europe’s top leagues and has many possible targets for clubs looking to strengthen this summer Netherlands’ inability to compete with the top guns of European football at club and international level may prevent their best players from showing off their talents on the big stage, but the Eredivisie still has a solid reputation for producing bright young stars.The likes of Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord are always supplying the continent’s richer leagues with players looking to test themselves at a higher level after a successful time in the Dutch top flight and this year there is another group of stars from across the league ready for a step to another division.Here, Goal takes a look at some of those options.
Marco Reus Injury prone Reus vows to stay fit for World Cup Rob Lancaster 23:57 8/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images Germany Borussia Dortmund Bundesliga The Borussia Dortmund star’s career has been plagued by injury but he is confident he can stay in shape to help Germany defend the world titl Marco Reus is adamant he will not miss out on a second successive World Cup as he aims to secure a place in Germany’s squad for Russia.The Borussia Dortmund forward did not feature in the 2014 edition due to an ankle problem, forcing him to watch on from afar as his compatriots lifted the trophy in Brazil.Having also missed out on Euro 2016, Reus is determined to make sure he is available to play in this year’s event – provided he is recalled by national coach Joachim Low. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp The 28-year-old only recently returned from a serious knee injury suffered last May, but has scored three goals in as many league games for Dortmund.”I’ll look forward to [the World Cup] when we get there,” Reus said in an interview with the Bundesliga’s official website.”My excitement will grow more and more as we get closer and start playing international games.”We will see what decisions the head coach makes – I’m very relaxed though. I will not miss out through injury.”Reus revealed he has always remained in “close contact” with Low, who will announce a preliminary squad on May 15.”We stay in regular contact of course, particularly because of my injury,” he added.”We message each other and speak on the phone to discuss my progress and other matters. We’re in close contact.”Three goals in three games – Marco Reus is on FIRE! @BVB #DieMannschaft pic.twitter.com/aIZcK4CzCP— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) March 3, 2018While his short-term future is focussed on finishing the season strongly and, hopefully, making it to the World Cup, Reus admits his latest lengthy absence gave him time to reflect on his future after football.”I think it’s very important that you don’t start thinking about your life after football when you are 33 or 34,” the former Borussia Monchengladbach player said.”There are many more amazing things in this world and it’s important to think about these things before you retire.”It’s difficult for every single player in my opinion because there is such a big hole to fill. The level of fame is no longer there and people are much less interested in you.”That’s actually a good thing because it allows you to do those things that you perhaps were not able to before. I think it’s important to be thinking about your personal life and your family not just when you’ve retired but also during your career.”
Transfers Neymar to Real Madrid? Ask Florentino Perez, says Emery Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 04:27 17/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Transfers Real Madrid Nice v PSG Nice PSG Ligue 1 Real Madrid v Girona Primera División Neymar The PSG boss had little patience upon being asked once more about his star, and asked reporters to direct those questions to the Real president Unai Emery says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez should be asked about Neymar’s future at Paris Saint-Germain.Neymar has been heavily linked with Madrid since becoming the world’s most expensive footballer by joining PSG from Barcelona for €222million in August.Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has said he would sign Neymar for the Liga giants, while Casemiro suggested his fellow Brazilian could play in the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But with Neymar on the sidelines due to a broken bone in his foot and Perez reported to have met with the player’s father in Brazil, a frustrated Emery no longer wants to be asked about the PSG forward.”I think I have answered questions on this subject about 30 times in press conferences,” Emery told reporters on Friday.”The PSG project is very strong with Neymar in it.”As for Real Madrid? I don’t know, ask Florentino.”PSG travel to Nice in Ligue 1 on Sunday as Emery’s men – 17 points clear of last season’s champions Monaco – close in on the title.
The Cowboys are in Tulsa for the first time since their Big 12 championship-winning 2011 season — coincidence? Maybe.Ahead of Oklahoma State’s game with the Golden Hurricane, OSU Athletics put out this video to up your heart rate up a little before the 2:30 p.m. kick.The. Turnpike. Classic. #okstate #GoPokes pic.twitter.com/3MJvVrD4lp— Cowboy Football (@CowboyFB) September 14, 2019 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The details of Boone Pickens’ funeral and celebration of life were disclosed on Friday following the death of Pickens on Wednesday at the age of 91.His funeral will take place next Thursday, and Jerry Jones will be one of the featured speakers. Oh, and so will governor Greg Abbott. Here are the details.The funeral service to honor the life and legacy of T. Boone Pickens has been set for invited family, friends and dignitaries at 2 p.m. CDT on Thursday, September 19, at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane in Dallas, Texas.The general public is invited and encouraged to view the services in Wesley Hall at the church. A live stream will be available at boonepickens.com.Speakers at the event will include Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Alan White, a long-time friend of Mr. Pickens.As for the celebration in Stillwater, The Oklahoman had the details on that. It will take place on a Wednesday at 3 p.m., which is great for students but unfortunate for alumni looking to make the trek.Here are the details.The life of Boone Pickens, who died Wednesday at age 91, will be celebrated at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, inside Gallagher-Iba Arena. The public invitation calls fans to “celebrate and remember the man and the legend Boone Pickens whose gifts to academics and athletics transformed Oklahoma State.” [Oklahoman]The outpouring for Pickens this week has been incredible. Friends of mine who don’t follow OSU but live in Dallas have been talking about it, everyone has been talking about it. I don’t know if it’s the OSU sports story of the year, but if not it’ll be somewhere close.I’m glad for the celebration of life in Stillwater. That will be awesome and a good opportunity to pay tribute to somebody who gave a university and an athletics program as much as, and probably more than, anyone before him has ever given.
6TCU37 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. 5TCU12 1Oklahoma22 This is problematic, especially because it’s not difficult to imagine Baylor (and maybe even Kansas State?) passing OSU by the end of the year. Tech likely won’t catch them, but at the end of 2019, OSU could have one of the three worst three-year records in Big 12 Conference games.On the flip side, beat TCU and West Virginia and you could have one of the four best. Still, counting on an optimistic ending to what has been a frustrating year just to beat mediocrity in this league is never what you want to be staring at with Halloween just over the horizon.So I think this is where a lot of the frustration with Mike Gundy comes from. It’s not a reaction to one or two games or even a single season. Rather it’s a standard (that he set) that he’s not living up to. OSU fans (myself included!) got pretty comfortable in that second slot in the league, and looking at No. 6 or No. 7 or worse isn’t all that exciting a proposition for the future of this program. 9Texas Tech7 5Texas45 14Colorado2 7West Virginia34 3Iowa State14 8Texas Tech29 8Baylor8 11Texas A&M10 Oklahoma State, anchor of the second-best program in the Big 12 over the past decade has been an anchor in this league. Beyond OU, the Cowboys have been the most consistent and best team for 10 years running.A streak that might be about to come to an unceremonious end.But before we get to the bad news, here’s some good news. This is conference wins since 2010. There is mildly conflicting data on this from CFB Reference and Team Rankings, but I went with Team Rankings because it looks to be more ackrut.Here are the Big 12 teams ranked by conference wins since 2010. 8Iowa State29 3Kansas State48 Kansas is 5-79 in this span. Texas A&M, Missouri and Nebraska — none of which have been in the league for at least seven years — all have more Big 12 wins in the last decade than Kansas does. This is incredible and never ceases to amaze me.OSU is currently maintaining a healthy lead on Kansas State, Baylor and Texas but the latter two are closing in on them. Still, it’s overwhelmingly likely that the Pokes end the 2010s with the second-most Big 12 wins behind OU. That’s good.Onto the bad.Here’s a look at conference wins over the last three years. That’s 2017-2019 in Big 12-only games. 2Oklahoma State54 12Nebraska6 RankTeamWins 7Kansas State9 13Kansas5 RankTeamWins 6Oklahoma State10 4West Virginia12 1Oklahoma72 10Missouri11 10Kansas1 2Texas15 3Baylor48
Here’s the most interesting (yet unsurprising) thing about our Six Degrees site: people love it, and keep coming back to it, to see their own pictures and stories online. Celebs might be the hook, but the audience’s own role is the sticky part. People like to feel important. They want to feel powerful. They need to know they made a difference.This is such an important perspective to keep in mind when you’re marketing to your supporters.Here’s a really good comment to that effect from Tom Ahern in On Philanthropy today:Donors aren’t ATM machines. I don’t think successful fundraising is about keeping the staff paid and the lights burning. It’s far more about giving your donors a vivid sense that they’re changing the world. It’s about recognizing that people want to feel important — something Carnegie learned from Sigmund Freud and philosopher John Dewey. And one way we feel important is when we feel we’ve made a difference, by making a gift to a terrific organization. I think fundraising’s real job is to give donors a powerful sense of accomplishment.Yes, yes, yes.
I’m always looking for inspiration, and Peter Deitz of the First-of-its-kind philanthropy network offers a list of amazing group fundraising campaigns. I highlight it because it illustrates the power of those uber-activists I blogged about in my last post. Peter calls it “microphilanthropy,” like this knitter without border:Stephanie Peal-McPhee, a prominent blogger in the world of knitting, has been raising money on behalf of Doctors without Borders ever since the devasting Tsunami hit South East Asia in December 2004. Her micro-philanthropy campaign, which calls on knitters to donate at least $1 to Doctors without Borders, has so far raised a staggering $320,093. Stephanie’s campaign makes no use of social networking or group fundraising tools beyond the original blog format of her website. Instead, she tallies the donations using an excel sheet and relies on donors to email her once they have contributed to Doctors without Borders. Everyone who contributes gets instant membership in Knitters Without Borders, and has the chance to win something knitted by one of her blog readers.Peter also highlighted the amazing Robin Maxwell, who was diagosed with MS less than a month ago and is already fundraising for her local chapter.I’d also like to highlight Ali Edwards, whose son has autism, and who has also been a great fundraiser – in her case, for Autism Speaks. Read the comments on her blog – it shows you just how tight-knit (pun intended) are the uber-activists’ circles.Thanks Micropersuasion for reminding me about comeeko!