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PawedCast: Harrison Heath on Orlando City’s Inaugural MLS Preseason

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It’s almost time for Orlando City SC’s first MLS season to start. But before we get to that, there’s the whole pesky matter of the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement, which must be resolved in less than three weeks if games are going to take place as scheduled.

Also, the Lions will first have to solidify their starting XI, which is something that they’ll start working on this weekend at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston against New York City FC. I’m joined by Mane Land writers Andrew Marcinko and Austin David to discuss these topics, plus who might be loaned to USL affiliate Louisville City at the end of preseason.

Plus, Orlando City midfielder Harrison Heath joins us to talk about his preseason so far and the team's outlook as it moves toward the 2015 inaugural MLS season.

Here's how it broke down:

0:26 – Michael and Andrew discuss the MLS CBA issue and what to expect at the upcoming Carolina Challenge Cup.

10:05 – Austin jumps on to talk about the likely candidates for loan to Louisville City FC, roster battles and the projected opening day starting XI.

28:19 – Harrison Heath tells us what it's like to play with Kaká, how the team chemistry is coming along, and whether he'd rather make the big club or get more playing time in Louisville.

Starting next month we'll be moving to a weekly schedule through the end of the MLS season. See you next time!

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PawedCast Episode 434: Nashville Rewind, Orlando City News, NYCFC Preview, and More

The Lions completed a two-game road sweep, but a revenge match looms Saturday vs. NYCFC.

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Image courtesy of Orlando City SC / Mark Thor

Orlando City kept several streaks going Wednesday night as the Lions beat Nashville SC 3-0 on the road. It was the team’s fourth consecutive win, the third straight road victory, the seventh game in a row in which the team scored multiple goals (a club record), and the fourth consecutive shutout victory against Nashville. That’s a lot of streaking! Ramiro Enrique even kept up his goal-scoring streak, running it to three matches with an absolute banger.

We spent some time breaking down the Lions’ latest win in Music City (that’s three straight wins there and five consecutive results in Tennessee in the regular season). We discussed the critical plays and players, looked back at our score predictions, and made our selections for Man of the Match (we were split this week).

There was player news to discuss as well, with Dagur Dan Thorhallsson signing a new contract to extend his stay in the City Beautiful. This was a good move by Orlando City, and we talked about why.

This week’s mailbagbox asks about liquids and international clubs coming to the U.S. to play. Remember, if there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the show, just ask us by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC, or hitting us up on Bluesky Social with that same hashtag.

After the mailbagbox, we shared some breaking news — well…it was breaking at the time we discussed it — as Benji Michel was reportedly headed to Real Salt Lake per Tom Bogert. It’ll be good to have Benji stateside again.

Finally, we looked ahead to Saturday’s rematch between the Lions and New York City FC. The Pigeons have been a bit of a pain over the years, especially on their baseball diamond, but Orlando City has home history on its side on this one. With NYCFC’s road record and Orlando’s home record both being poor, it’s anyone’s guess how this will go. In fact, it’s our guess, because we included our key matchups and score predictions with our preview.

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Here’s how No. 434 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City kept the shutout magic going against the team from Tennessee.

20:30 – The mailbagbox has some good (and difficult) queries this week.

30:50 – Breaking Benji Michel news and our key matchups and predictions for a home rematch against the Pigeons.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 52: New Contracts, Courage Summer Cup Preview, and More

The Pride lock up a couple more young players through at least 2025 and have a tough road opener in the Summer Cup.

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We open this week’s show with a discussion of the Orlando Pride signing two young players to new contracts through the 2025 season with option years for 2026. Rookie Cori Dyke and second-year pro Summer Yates have earned new deals and the Pride didn’t want to waste time getting them to stick around for a bit longer. We discuss both players’ accomplishments in 2024, and of course we recorded the night before Orlando signed Viviana Villacorta to a similar new deal. Haley Carter is doing all of the business!

Our mailbagbox asked about the NWSL Best XI for the month of June, Marta’s highlights, National Team Replacement Players, and more. Remember, you can ask us anything by hitting us up on Twitter at either @TheManeLand or @SkoPurpSoccer and using the hashtag #AskSkoPurp. Or you can visit our show page, scroll down, and fill out the handy form. We’d also appreciate any ratings or reviews you can leave wherever you get your podcasts, and if you do that on Apple Podcasts, we’ll find them easily and read them on the show.

The Pride now head to North Carolina to face a difficult Courage side in the NWSL x Liga MX Femenil Summer Cup, and we have no idea what to expect. Will Seb Hines play his best available lineup with more than half of his starters unavailable? Will he give opportunities to young players to see how they respond to getting competitive minutes? Will it be a combination? There are a lot of variables and we’re not even tempted to try to figure out how to identify the key matchups or predict the score.


Here’s how Episode 52 went down:

0:15 – The Pride signed Cori Dyke and Summer Yates to new deals and we love seeing the club invest in its young players.

15:52 The mailbagbox is interested in June’s NWSL Best XI and other topics.

38:35 – It’s hard to predict Orlando’s Summer Cup opener at North Carolina due to a number of missing Orlando starters on international duty.

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PawedCast Episode 433: Revolution Rewind, Nashville Preview, and More

The Lions finally got a road win in New England and now head to Nashville for a midweek clash.

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Orlando City pulled it off! The Lions went to Massachusetts and came home with all three points at the expense of the New England Revolution. We don’t much care that Carles Gil didn’t play or that the Revs had a lot of injuries. What we mainly care about is getting a damn win finally at Gillette Stadium. Facundo Torres is red hot and we’re here for it. It is also helpful that Duncan McGuire’s replacement scored a goal. These are things we support.

We break down the Lions’ 3-1 win over the Revolution, look back at our score predictions, and make our picks for Man of the Match. It was, as you might expect, unanimous.

OCB was at home this weekend, but the Young Lions only fared 2/3 as well as the senior side. After falling behind Inter Miami II in the second half, Wilfredo Rivera lifted the Young Lions to another home draw, which is less good than a win, but more good than a loss. At least the prospects had the good sense to keep a clean sheet in the postgame penalty shootout, winning it 2-0 to claim the extra point. We discuss a team that isn’t quite as interesting this year, but is still hanging around the playoff line.

This week’s mailbagbox asks about Designated Player replacements, Orlando City trivia, and more. Remember, if there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the show, just ask us by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC, or hitting us up on Bluesky Social with that same hashtag.

Finally, we looked ahead at the trip to Tennessee to face Hany Mukhtar and Nashville SC. The team from Music City is battling for a playoff spot in 2024, thanks in part to goal contributions by Mukhtar and the improvement of Sam Surridge (who, now that I think about it, I might have called “Sturridge”). I hope I didn’t, but now I’m not sure. Sure, I could go back and listen to see if I did, but honestly, who has the time? We discuss the match on Wednesday with our preview, our key matchups, and our score predictions.

Be sure to rate and review our show wherever you get your podcasts. Remember, we’ll read any five-star reviews we get on Apple Podcasts on the next show.


Here’s how No. 433 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City finally won in Foxborough. It’s as amazing as we’d always dreamed it would be.

30:07 – The mailbagbox asks us about Designated Players and stuff.

43:10 – Our key matchups and predictions for a trip to face Nashville at Geodis Park.

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