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THE PITCH: Akindele Leads Lions to 1-0 Win Over Sporting Kansas City

Orlando City SC (9-11-6, 33 points) earned a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City (7-11-7, 28 points) on Wednesday night at Exploria Stadium.

Tesho Akindele scored the eventual game-winner for the Lions in the 21st minute, his ninth goal of the 2019 season, to take sole possession of the team lead and set a single-season personal best.

The clean sheet served as City’s seventh of the 2019 season, tying a Club record set in both 2015 and 2017. Goalkeeper Brian Rowe has been responsible for each of the Lions’ seven shutouts this season, matching former City goalkeeper Joe Bendik’s 2017 total for the most in a single-season.

Orlando City SC travels to take on Minnesota United FC (12-8-5, 41 points) on Saturday, August 17 in its first visit to Allianz Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

“Obviously a massive three points for us at the midweek, but now we face a formidable opponent in Minnesota. They’ve had a good run of form as of late and they present a lot of different challenges to any team,” Head Coach James O’Connor said. “I think the biggest thing for us is to be mindful of the threats they present while being clinical ourselves going forward.”

Van Egmond to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery – Orlando Pride midfielder Emily van Egmond will undergo ankle surgery, forcing her to miss the remainder of the 2019 season.

The Australian international will have the procedure to remedy an injury she sustained on her left ankle while playing at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for the Matildas. Van Egmond will return to her native country of Australia for the surgery.

Van Egmond, 26, joined the Pride in 2018 and has appeared in 25 matches since then, including eight this season. The midfielder has registered two assists since arriving in Orlando, one in each of the two seasons she’s been with the Club.

The Orlando Pride (3-10-2, 11 points) is set to host Utah Royals FC (7-6-3, 24 points) on Saturday, August 17 at Exploria Stadium, closing out a three game home stand. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

“[Utah] brings Christen Press and Amy Rodriguez, they’re very good players in this league and have been for a while and we have to do well to contain them. Christen scored last time we played at home so we know the danger of them and we know we have to stop that danger,” Head Coach Marc Skinner said. “They’re a very good team. There’s no surprise, they had a little bit of a rough patch, but there’s no surprise that they’re putting in performances where they’re getting those goals. We’ve got to do what we do, prepare for those and be ready to beat them anyway regardless of who they’ve got.”

Parano Voted USL Championship Player of the Week – San Antonio FC midfielder Cristian Parano has been voted the USL Championship Player of the Week for Week 23 of the 2019 season. Parano recorded two goals as San Antonio moved into the playoff positions after a 4-1 victory on the road against Reno 1868 FC on Saturday night.

Parano received 62 percent of the poll conducted by a national panel of independent media representing every USL Championship market.

The New York Red Bulls II’s Jared Stroud finished second on 19 percent after recording one goal, one assist and eight key passes in his side’s victory against Hartford Athletic that moved New York to the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Greenville’s Gomez Named USL One Player of the Week – Greenville Triumph SC midfielder Carlos Gomez has been named the USL League One Player of the Week for Week 20 of the league’s inaugural 2019 season.

Gomez notched a pair of assists and completed 15 of 18 passes overall to lead Triumph SC to a 3-1 victory on the road against Toronto FC II on Friday evening.

The victory kept Greenville in the middle of the race for the League One Playoffs with the club in fifth place as the week concluded, one point outside the four playoff positions.

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