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PawedCast Episode 112: Orlando City GM Niki Budalic on the Off-Season Signings

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The first PawedCast of 2018 is here and it’s so jam packed with topics that we didn’t even have time (or remember) to wish each other — or you all — a happy new year. Seriously, it’s probably a record in length, so apologies if it takes you multiple commutes to hear it all!

Since we last released an episode of the PawedCast, Orlando City has signed seven players and re-signed one, the Pride re-signed Dani Weatherholt, the Cyle Larin transfer saga has spun horribly out of control, the preseason and regular season schedules have been released, OCB has taken a hiatus from the USL, the club moved its academy, and the SheBelieves Cup is coming. And other stuff, but those are the biggies.

We talk about all of that and still give you the bonus of our interview with Orlando City General Manager Niki Budalic just as the MLS Combine is ending and the SuperDraft is about to happen in Philly. Niki was kind enough to spend some of his valuable pre-draft time with us talking about…well, the SuperDraft, the Combine, Sacha Kljestan, Josué Colmán, Mohamed El-Munir, and more. Big thanks to Niki for returning to the show given his time constraints.

We also spoke about the NWSL, the Pride’s off-season needs — including the status of unsigned players. And we answered listener questions in our #AskTMLPC mailbag. If there’s something you want us to address on our next show, just tweet it to us @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.


Here’s your map to the sprawl of Episode No. 112:

0:12- The Lions have put together an incredible string of business since we last talked and we address every one of them. Plus, Kaká’s retirement, and the three-ring Larin circus in Turkey.

48:08- Niki Budalic returns to the PawedCast to answer our SuperDraft, MLS Combine, and player transfer questions, including some interesting nuggets like how some green cards are coming that will free up some international slots.

1:03:45- Women’s soccer, starting with the Pride, but also touching on some amazing NWSL trades, plus the SheBelieves Cup is coming! Plus, your mailbag questions are answered! Then there’s the OCB and academy situations to discuss. My, we had a lot to cover.

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PawedCast Episode 410: D.C. United Rewind, OCB-Union II, and More

The Lions get back at D.C., OCB brings home another point from the road, and more.

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The Lions came out of the bye week as if they were still on it, but Orlando City eventually got things going and came back twice to beat D.C. United in stoppage time at Audi Field. Nico Lodeiro came off the bench to serve as provider for heroics by David Brekalo and Duncan McGuire. After a slow start, the Lions have now gone three matches without a loss (2-0-1) and look a bit more like themselves. Now if those Designated Players would only start scoring, the team might really be making some progress.

We break down Orlando’s dramatic victory at Audi Field and make our selections for Man of the Match. It was nice to treat D.C. the way the Lions have been treated by United during the Wayne Rooney years.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us whether we prefer Coke or Pepsi and about Orlando City’s slow starts under Oscar Pareja. We kind of debunked the latter, actually. 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 turned our attention toward Orlando City B’s trip to Philadelphia. The Young Lions weren’t at their best, but they did come away with a 1-1 draw. The penalty shootout that followed the draw was epic, and unfortunately went the Union’s way, but it’s still always good to come home with any points from the road. Well done, Young Lions!

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Here’s how No. 410 went down:

0:15 – The Lions Rooney’d Wayne Rooney’s old team.

30:22 – Our mailbagbox desires answers to the deepest, darkest questions in our listeners’ souls.

47:39 – OCB captured another road point in what seems like a neverending road trip to start 2024.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 38: SheBelieves Cup Semifinals, Utah Royals Preview, and More

The Pride come off a bye week with a trip to Utah this week and the SheBelieves Cup produced two compelling semifinals.

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The Orlando Pride had the weekend off with the international window upon us, so there’s no new match for us to recap this week. Instead, we turned our attention (to start the show, anyway) on the SheBelieves Cup semifinals. Both matches on Saturday were compelling, with the U.S. falling behind in the first minute but rallying against a stubborn Japanese side to win, 2-1. It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t easy, but it put the Yanks in the final and that’s what matters.

Brazil also played but none of the three Pride Brazilians started and only two of them — Marta and Angelina — got on the pitch late. Unfortunately for Marta, she did not score on her penalty and Brazil fell in a shootout after a 1-1 draw against Canada. Brazil was the better side during the 90 minutes but wasted a lot of chances and eventually conceded the equalizer before succumbing on spot kicks.

[Note: Yes, we know the final and third-place match were played Tuesday night (don’t @ us). We recorded this show on Monday night. We’ll touch on the the final day of the SheBelieves Cup on our next episode.]

After our SheBelieves Cup discussion, we dove into our mailbagbox, which weighed in on Orlando Pride attendance and start times, as well as the WSL incursion into Florida and what it means for the Pride (if anything). 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.

We finished the show with our preview of Orlando at the Utah Royals. The Pride have to go play at altitude and there are no easy games in the NWSL. Still, this is one that Orlando can win. We provided our key matchups for this battle and try our luck at predicting the final score of the game.


Here’s how Episode 38 went down:

0:15 – The SheBelieves Cup semifinals got underway and included some Pride players (a little).

20:02 The mailbagbox contained comments as well as questions.

32:03 – A look ahead to Friday’s trip to Utah to play the Royals.

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PawedCast Episode 409: OCB Falls to Herons, D.C. United Preview, and More

The Young Lions suffer their first loss and the MLS Lions look to take a bite out of D.C. United.

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The Lions were off despite most of MLS having games over the weekend, so we start this show off with a look back at Orlando City B’s “home” game in Bradenton against Inter Miami II. That didn’t go as well as a typical (and actual) home game typically does, and the Young Lions lost 2-0 to drop their first decision of 2024 after opening the season with a win and a draw followed by a shootout win. Still, OCB has five of a possible nine points so far, and the defense looks much improved. However, like all of Orlando’s other teams, the scoring aspect has yet to coalesce, so the team isn’t scoring a lot of goals.

We break down a forgettable loss at IMG Academy and touch on how the OCSC U-15 and U-17 teams did in the Generation Adidas Cup.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us questions about scoreless draws, how that affects our non-soccer-enjoying friends, and whether the book really is better than the show or movie. 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 turned our attention toward Orlando City’s return to play this Saturday at Audi Field, where the Lions will face D.C. United. The Black & Red have been a problem for Orlando the last two seasons, but in 2021, Orlando swept United. It might be nice to call back to those simpler days of 2021 when wins over D.C. weren’t as difficult as they’ve been the past two seasons. We wrapped up our preview with our key matchups for the game 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. 409 went down:

0:15 – Our breakdown of OCB’s first loss of the 2024 season and now the Young Lions will play two more on the road before they get a real home game.

18:54 – Our mailbagbox asks about books vs. shows/movies and scoreless draws.

42:00 – Our key matchups and score predictions for Orlando City at D.C. United.

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