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PawedCast Episode 64: Montreal Review and LA Galaxy Preview

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It’s been a long time since Orlando City enjoyed a two-game winning streak and so we’re going to enjoy this one for as long as we can, even though we’ve got a trip to play the LA Galaxy coming up this weekend. That trip was made all the more difficult with this week’s announcement that Landon Donovan is returning from retirement to help the Galaxy the rest of this season. He’ll reportedly be available for selection on Sunday too, which has us pretty terrified, even if only because of the emotional lift he’ll give LA.

We break down Donovan’s return and give our key match-ups and score predictions for Sunday’s game.

But before that, we’ve got a lot to talk about. We give a complete blow-by-blow breakdown of Orlando City’s unbelievable 4-1 win at Montreal and the tour de force performance by substitute striker Carlos Rivas. Goals, penalties, sendings off and even an indirect free kick in the penalty area. This game had it all and we are happy to chat about it.

We also discuss the Orlando Pride’s 1-1 draw at Sky Blue FC and the very pointed comments by Ashlyn Harris about her teammates in the wake of that disappointing result, in which Alex Morgan had staked the Pride to a 1-0 lead. Then we get into the free falling OCB and discuss whether they can hold onto that last USL Eastern Conference playoff spot. It’s going to be tough.

Plus, the USMNT, Cyle Larin, Kevin Molino, the Hex, and more!

Here’s the rundown:

0:12- Orlando City with a huge win at Montreal and we discuss it in loving detail. All four goals, the weirdness, the red card, the indirect free kick, and more.

29:30- The Orlando Pride’s 1-1 draw with Sky Blue snapped a losing streak but extended a winless skid. But the tie was perhaps overshadowed by Ashlyn Harris’ post-game comments.

34:30- OCB seems to have lost the plot in their playoff quest but they are still above the red line. What’s the problem? We discuss.

41:12- The USMNT defeated Kevin Molino’s Trinidad & Tobago and both countries are into the Hex. We’ve got thoughts on the U.S. victory, CONCACAF qualifying, and the upcoming Hex.

48:00- Our key match-ups and final score predictions for Orlando City at the LA Galaxy are definitely affected by Landon Donovan’s return from retirement. Why is Don Ovan coming back? Couldn’t they get Hat Trick Rick, El Nino, or Spray Dan?

And that’ll do it. We’ll be back next week to break down the OCSC-Galaxy match and look ahead to the Columbus Crew. Plus the Pride, OCB, and more!

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 9: Houston Rewind, Gotham & Thorns Previews, and More

A second shutout loss on Saturday was not an optimal result heading into a tough, two-game week.

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The Orlando Pride were shut out for the second straight match when they faced the Dash in Houston on Saturday night and this time it wasn’t a case of wiping the floor with the opponents except for failing to score. This time the Dash were clearly better on the night and the Pride slipped back into some of their poor habits from last year. But hey, rebuilding is a process and the mentality of the team seems to be strong. It will need to be in order to deal with the two matches coming up this week.

We discussed the 2-0 loss to Houston and selected our Player of the Match, which was not easy. We also discussed Kylie Strom being honored with a selection on the NWSL Team of the Month for May.

After that, we looked deep into our mailbagbox and found…nothing. No questions to answer this week, but get yours in for our next show. 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.

Finally, we gave our key matchups and score predictions for a difficult, two-game week. The Pride face Gotham FC tonight at Red Bull Arena in the NWSL Challenge Cup, and we’re expecting a lot of squad rotation. Orlando will then come home to face the Death Star (a.k.a. the Portland Thorns) on Sunday evening at Exploria Stadium.


Here’s how Episode 9 went down:

0:15 – Our breakdown of the loss to the Houston Dash and a monthly NWSL honor for Kylie Strom.

19:37 – The mailbagbox was empty but we’ve got our key matchups and score predictions for both upcoming games this week.

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PawedCast Episode 350: Red Bulls Rewind, OCB at Toronto, and More

A look back at a big road win for the Lions and a horrible road loss for the Young Lions.

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It’s early June, so technically it’s still time to do some spring cleaning. Speaking of which, the Lions got their brooms out and swept the New York Red Bulls on Saturday night in Harrison, NJ. Ivan Angulo, Facundo Torres, Wilder Cartagena, and Robin Jansson starred on a night when Orlando City’s strategy was to stay organized against New York’s chaotic press and wait for opportunities to punish the Red Bulls on the counter. That’s pretty much what the Lions did on Saturday and it resulted in a 3-0 win against a team that hadn’t given up more than two in a match all season.

We broke down Orlando’s win in the Garden State and selected our Man of the Match. We also touched on several Lions who were honored for their performances in that game. Oh, and Mikey Halliday is coming home, which is good, but it’s because the U-20 USMNT lost in the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup quarterfinals, which is bad.

After our review of Saturday’s match, we opened up the mailbagbox. Among this week’s topics were Targeted Allocation Money and buying down Designated Players, along with home form vs. road form. 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.

Finally, we discussed a disjointed Orlando City B performance north of the border against Toronto FC II. The Young Lions never seemed in this game and the warning bells were chiming loudly just 17 seconds into the match. It was not a fun night for OCB.


Here’s how No. 350 went down:

0:15 – The Lions didn’t have their sharpest passing night, but they put the ball in the net three times, which is always a welcome sight.

33:42 – OCB had a very bad night in Canada.

42:31 – The mailbagbox beckons and we don’t claim to be experts on the weird player-signing mechanisms in MLS.

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PawedCast Episode 349: Orlando City-Red Bulls Preview, OCB-NYRB II Rewind, and More

The Young Lions stayed unbeaten at home and the senior Lions look to win consecutive road contests.

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We decided to give everyone a little time off this week due to the Memorial Day holiday and so we have no special guest, however, we still had plenty to discuss.

Orlando City B took center stage early this week with a rare Monday night match against New York Red Bulls II. The Young Lions jumped out to an early lead, fell behind by halftime, and managed to stage a comeback to claim all three points. OCB remains unbeaten at home in 2023 after a wild match that of course featured some Jack Lynn heroics.

We discuss the Young Lions’ win over the Baby Bulls and Lynn’s torrid streak. Also, we’ve had more Shak Mohammed sightings recently, as the 19-year-old Ghanaian has been playing better of late with OCB and he scored his first professional goal on Monday night to win the match. It’s a great sign from the Generation Adidas draft pick and we look forward to watching his continued development.

After our OCB recap, we opened up the mailbagbox to find a question about Ted Lasso. Don’t worry, we handled it with care to keep listeners spoiler-free. 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.

Finally, we previewed Orlando City’s upcoming match Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. We included our key matchups and score predictions as the senior Lions take on New York on the road.


Here’s how No. 349 went down:

0:15 – The Young Lions get top billing for this episode. That’s new.

16:43 – The mailbagbox believes! Our thoughts on Coach Beard’s revelation from the show’s penultimate episode (without spoiling the revelation for those who are behind).

30:41 – Key matchups were unanimous and we’ve got score predictions for the Lions at the Red Bulls.

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