A Lion Reunion This Weekend in Jacksonville

In preparation for Saturday’s match against Jacksonville Armada FC, defender Luke Boden and Head Coach Adrian Heath reminisced about some of the former Lions now playing in Jacksonville. “In the offseason, I’ve been training with Burke and Miguel,” Boden said. “It’ll be good to see them.”

Goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo and defender Bryan Burke now play in the for the Jacksonville Armada FC. But before moving north, they were members of the Orlando City USL team. “We traveled around the country winning games,” Boden said. “We’ll always be close friends.”

Coach Heath smiled at the mentioning of Miguel Gallardo. When asked what it would be like seeing him on the other sideline, Coach simply said “It will be great to see him. I love Miguel to bits,” Heath said. “I wish him nothing but the best.”

Gallardo and Burke both played with Orlando City in the years leading up to their transition to MLS. “They were great pieces that helped build what we’ve got here,” Heath said.

When asked about the friendly rivalry between the players, Boden laughed. “Whenever you play your friends, you want to beat them.” But more than anything, Boden is excited to see his friends. “They’re great people,” Boden said. “We’ve always had great people.”



UPDATE: August 8, 2020 - Major League Soccer unveiled the framework of a revised schedule for the remainder of the 2020 season, with the League’s 25th season continuing in the home markets of the 26 clubs beginning August 12. At this time, MLS has announced the initial phase of the revised schedule for U.S. clubs through September 14 and plans to announce the balance of the regular season schedule by early September. More details on schedules for the Canadian teams will be announced in the near future. Attendance at matches will be determined by MLS and club leadership in accordance with applicable state and local guidelines.