By Frank Flanagan

Rookie striker Cyle Larin recorded a hat trick against NYCFC yesterday afternoon, though it wouldn’t be enough to lead the Lions to victory. Orlando loses, 5-3.

Another tough week for the Lions, the club fell 3-1 to the Chicago Fire on Wednesday in the US Open Cup quarterfinals. The Lions head home to face the Columbus Crew this coming Saturday, hoping to start August off with a victory. Without a single MLS win in July, the Lions dropped to eighth place in the eastern conference standings, bumping them out of the playoffs for now.

“It’s a key game,” Lion’s midfielder Kaká said, on the upcoming clash with the Crew in a postgame interview, “it’s time to get back on track.”

Some good news for the City came earlier this week when the MLS announced they would repeal Larin’s red card, voiding Larin of suspension, and further consequences for the Lions. Larin, who was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLS Superdraft, continues to be an impact player for the Lions.


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