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PawedCast Episode 51: Hadji Barry Interview, Montreal and Philadelphia Review, and NYCFC Preview

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One great thing about a double game week is that it gives us even more to talk about and boy did we ever on this supersized episode of the PawedCast. We break down Orlando City’s 2-1 win over Montreal and the 2-2 midweek draw against the Philadelphia Union. Plus, we’ve got thoughts on the Orlando Pride, OCB, Kaká to Brazil’s Copa America squad, and a look ahead to the friendly against Stoke City.

Man, that's a lot to talk about, but we covered it all.

That alone would have made for a good show, but this week we’ve also got Lions rookie striker Hadji Barry, who scored his first two professional goals with OCB on Sunday night. That performance was good enough to not only get him in the 18 on Wednesday for the senior club, but also to get him on the field. Hadji talks about his adjustment to American life, his transition from collegiate soccer to the pros, and more.

And of course we have our key match-ups and predictions for the trip to play New York City FC on Sunday.We hope our predictions are wrong, but we also hope we didn’t undersell the difficulty Orlando City will have with this match.

Here's the running order:

0:12- A full rewind on Montreal and Philly, discipline, our Man of the Match awards, Kaká to Brazil, the Pride over Houston, OCB over Rochester and more in a full segment.

48:01- Hadji Barry! The first-year pro is excited to get on the score sheet and he tells us about his personal history and what his pro experience has been like so far.

58:52- A little friendly talk about Stoke City in Melbourne, plus our key match-ups and predictions for Sunday's match and we really don't mean to be doom and gloom.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 33: Megan Montefusco’s Injury, New Kits, the Player We’re Most Excited to See, and More

A secret Pride preseason, a blow to the team’s depth, new kits, the new Orlando player we’re most excited to see, and more.

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Our off-season schedule continues. After a lot of news in January, the news has been slow of late, despite it being a time of year when it’s normally busy. The Orlando Pride have been exceedingly secretive this preseason, because, when the season is coming up quickly, why be fun or informative when you can be neither?

One thing we know is that defender Megan Montefusco had foot surgery and has been placed on the season-ending injury list. That’s not the fun news we were hoping for, but it is news. It’s also extremely unfortunate for a key depth piece for the Pride and we wish Megan a speedy and full recovery. We discuss where that leaves Orlando’s back line depth, which is important with Rafaelle a regular on her national team.

Our mailbagbox was empty for this episode, but we did have a nice five-star review, so we read that. 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 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 launched two new kits as part of the NWSL’s full, leaguewide kit reset, and we like them. We tell you why.

Finally, we finish with a brief discussion of the new Pride players we’re most looking forward to seeing on the field in 2024. We were in agreement with our top two picks. Who do you want to see?


Here’s how Episode 33 went down:

0:15 – The Pride is keeping preseason a secret, which effectively omits fun and prevents any buzz from building. Also, Megan Montefusco is on the season-ending injury list, and that sucks.

9:31 The mailbagbox may have been empty, but at least we got a nice five-star review.

16:35 – A discussion of the new Orlando Pride kits for 2024. Also: the new Pride player we’re most interested in seeing take the field in 2024.

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PawedCast Episode 398: CF Montreal Rewind, Cavalry FC Preview, and More

A look back at the 0-0 draw to open the regular season and a look ahead at potential advancement in Concacaf Champions Cup.

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Orlando City loves to draw on opening day, and so the Lions split the points in their first MLS match of the season for the seventh time in 10 seasons. The 0-0 draw against CF Montreal wasn’t the worst result, but it sure wasn’t what we expected or wanted. Orlando City was the better side but couldn’t get the final touch right, which is an unfortunate part of the sport sometimes. It’s not unusual for teams playing in continental tournaments to struggle early in the MLS season. FC Cincinnati and the Philadelphia Union also drew against 2023 non-playoff teams, for example.

After starting the show with some unfinished business from last time, we break down the Lions’ opener against CF Montreal and hey, at least Josef Martinez didn’t score. But then again, Orlando hasn’t allowed a goal on opening day since Oscar Pareja arrived.

This week’s mailbagbox was curious about the roles of Martin Ojeda and Luis Muriel for 2024. We think both players are going to do big things. There was also a question about which of the two major home improvement stores we prefer. 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.

Following the mailbagbox, we had some breaking news that will seem old by the time you listen to this show. I went on a mini rant about MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+. Then, we finished with our key matchups and score predictions for tonight’s game against Cavalry FC in the Concacaf Champions Cup.


Here’s how No. 398 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City got its first win in Concacaf Champions Cup in emphatic fashion, outclassing Cavalry FC with speed and ball movement. We recap.

23:35 – The mailbagbox wants to know about home improvement stores, Muriel, and Ojeda.

38:00 — A rant about MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+ and our key matchups and score predictions for the second leg against Cavalry FC.

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PawedCast Episode 397: Cavalry FC Rewind, CF Montreal Preview, and More

The season is officially underway and the first half of Beat Canada Week went well.

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Orlando City went to British Columbia and came home with a victory. The Lions were rarely threatened in their Concacaf Champions Cup opener, getting a goal from Duncan McGuire and two more from Facundo Torres to put a 3-0 beating on Cavalry FC Wednesday night. But perhaps the two best Lions on the pitch were Ivan Angulo and Dagur Dan Thorhallsson. It’s subjective, obviously, and plenty of guys had great games as Orlando City started the season on the right foot, taking a stranglehold on the two-legged tie ahead of next Tuesday’s return fixture. We break down the game and cover the highlights. However, as tired as we were from staying up late, we forgot to pick our Man of the Match.

We also discussed Robin Jansson getting the captain’s armband, in one of the least surprising decisions ever.

This week’s mailbagbox wanted to know about words we hate seeing get mixed up, words we mix up ourselves, which Eastern Conference non-playoff teams from 2023 might get over the line in 2024, 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.

Following the mailbagbox, we looked ahead to Saturday’s matchup at home against CF Montreal. We gave our key matchups and score predictions and basically agreed that winning would be really cool.


Here’s how No. 397 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City got its first win in Concacaf Champions Cup in emphatic fashion, outclassing Cavalry FC with speed and ball movement. We recap.

19:23 – The mailbagbox wants to know about pet peeves and stuff. Clearly, we have too many.

39:52 — CF Montreal visits Orlando on Saturday and that means it’s key matchups and predictions time.

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