While it seems like only yesterday Orlando City ended the 2019 season with a 5-2 loss against the Chicago Fire and a swift sacking of James O'Connor, it was over four months ago. At the time of writing it's now just over a week before the start of a new season, with new players and a new Head Coach in Óscar Pareja. Here's why we can not only be excited, but also optimistic about the upcoming season for our Lions.
Anyone who has ever played ten-pin bowling has, at one time or another, wondered if that ball has a mind of its own. There are times that the ball seems attracted to the pins and smoothly knocks them down. Other times it leaves some standing. Sometimes a single pin, sometimes more than one, and sometimes — heaven forbid — a dreaded split.
Tuesday night’s UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie between Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain looked to be heading towards a rather unexpected draw, when Norwegian sensation Erling Haaland thumped a long range effort into the back of the net to send the Westfalenstadion into ecstasy. Even experienced campaigners such as the likes of Paul Scholes would have been proud of a strike like that and it brought to the fore just how incredibly gifted this young man really is. 2-1 it would end to the German side, who looked to have the better of the Parisians for large segments of the much anticipated tie.
Leading up to this game. I wasn’t sure who was going to win. Manchester United was looked promising at the start of the season by beating Chelsea 4-0 at home. As the season went on, the issues were exposed not just from the players. The coach isn’t really qualified to run the team and Ed Woodward does not pick the best football decisions. Even with the new signings of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, it did not solve the problems at Manchester United. They currently sit in 7th place in the premier league with 38 points after defeating Chelsea 2-0
With injuries, a potential send-off and disallowing of two goals, this game was a nightmare for the Blues. This was a tough controversial match called by referee Anthony Taylor, who has had his name mentioned in many controversial calls.
There are 12 games left in the 38 match season. Liverpool are ahead of second place by 25 pts. Liverpool are the current UEFA Champions League winners, they have won the UEFA Super Cup against Chelsea back in August, and they won the Club World Cup against Flamengo in December.