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PawedCast Episode 143: Houston Rewind, Marta’s Award, and USL D3 Talk



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Orlando City still can’t buy a goal right now but thanks to goalkeeper Adam Grinwis — in his MLS debut — and a first-choice back line finally healthy, the Lions grabbed a point at home in a 0-0 draw against the Houston Dynamo. There’s not a lot of scoring to recap, but we do our best to give you the flavor of the game and we do pick our Man of the Match.

Marta represented the Orlando Pride well at the FIFA awards by capturing her sixth Player of the Year crown. We discuss her year and how she stacked up against some other outstanding players. We also touched on Rachel Hill returning to Australia this off-season to play for the Perth Glory.

USL Senior Vice President of Division III Steven Short jumped on with us to talk about the return of Orlando City B, just how many teams the USL’s newest division will jump to (eventually), the league’s new branding strategy, promotion and relegation, and much more. It’ll be good to see OCB back in business.

The mailbag featured some quality questions and we even had a couple iTunes reviews to share this week. Without a game this weekend, we have no predictions but we’ll give you those next week.

If there’s something you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

Here’s how show No. 143 went:

0:12 – Orlando City welcomed the Houston Dynamo on Saturday and generously refused to score on the visitors. It wasn’t all bad, though, as the Lions captured a point and there were some positives.

27:34 – Steven Short answers questions about Orlando City B’s move to USL D3, the league’s future plans, and how much money it would cost us to make Atlanta United 2 go away.

50:17 – No predictions this week as the Lions are off. We do answer our mail and read some iTunes reviews, though.


PawedCast Episode 425: OCB vs. Carolina Core, USMNT, LAFC Preview, and More

The Lions were off while the Young Lions played with their food. Plus, USMNT talk and an LAFC preview.



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Orlando City’s MLS side was off for the international break over the weekend, so we begin this week’s show (the only one this week due to the schedule) with an extended breakdown of Orlando City B’s comeback draw against Carolina Core FC. The Young Lions started poorly, fought back to tie the match, appeared to take the lead late, had multiple red cards shown to the bench at the end of normal time, and then won the extra point in the postgame penalty shootout.

Games like this are what made us coin the term “drunk OCB,” because unexpected things happen. In fact, each team scored on a penalty in regulation. When you factor in the multi-goal comeback, the waved-off winner, the red cards to people not even on the pitch, and the wacky shootout in which four consecutive players failed to score at one point, it was a crazy match.

After our recap, we discussed the summer fates of some of Orlando City’s internationals. The club’s Uruguayans aren’t needed for Copa America, while starting center back David Brekalo is off to the Euros to play for Slovenia.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us about Orlando City’s shape and which summer international tournament we’re looking forward to most. 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 touched on the USMNT’s beatdown at home against Colombia. The final score was ugly, and it could have been uglier, but it also could have been much better. It was a weird game.

Finally, we prepare you for Orlando City’s home match Saturday against LAFC, a team the Lions have never beaten. Is this the year? Well, LAFC is quite good and the Lions have not been able to score goals, and that’s not a recipe for success. We provide our key matchups and score predictions.

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Here’s how No. 425 went down:

0:15 – The Young Lions were comically bad to start the game but showed a great deal of grit to climb back into the match and take two of a possible three points from Carolina Core.

20:33 – Our mailbagbox is fairly short and sweet this week.

31:28 – The USMNT’s bad day and a preview of the LAFC match.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 46: Grace Chanda Signs, San Diego Preview, and More

The Pride add another Zambian attacker, Orlando heads to San Diego, and more.



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The Orlando Pride were off this week, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t something significant to discuss. The club announced the signing of Zambian international attacking midfielder Grace Chanda last week, and we break down the signing, what it means for the Pride, and (perhaps more importantly) what it might mean for star striker Barbra Banda. Could she be even more effective with her Zambia teammate playing alongside her? We’ll see!

Speaking of Pride internationals, Brazil’s first match of the international window was a showcase for Orlando players Marta, Adriana, and Rafaelle. All were factors in a win over Jamaica, and it’s great that they’re finding form that they could bring back to Orlando with them.

Pride rookie Ally Lemos started for the U-20 USWNT over the weekend but things didn’t go quite as well against South Korea as they did for the senior team.

Our mailbagbox this week asked us about the quality of the NWSL and the rules surrounding international players. 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’s home game against the Kansas City Current in September had a change in game times and streaming platform, and it will now be on Prime Video at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13.

Finally, the Pride head to San Diego to face the Wave late Friday night. We’re staying up for it, and we know you are too. The Wave have a talented squad and, despite their slow start, Seb Hines’ club has to be on point to keep things rolling. We present our key matchups in the contest and our final score predictions.

Here’s how Episode 46 went down:

0:15 – The Pride add an attacking piece that could make Barbra Banda even better.

14:02 The mailbagbox is light, but we answer with the usual gusto.

24:35 – A schedule change and our preview of Friday’s match at San Diego.

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PawedCast Episode 424: Red Bulls Rewind, OCB at Miami, Academy News, and More

The Orlando offense is missing in a tough loss at New York, OCB failed to take advantage of extra players, and more.



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Orlando City played a solid defensive game on the road against the New York Red Bulls. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the anemic offense may have just had its worst performance in the Oscar Pareja era, mustering only four shot attempts and just one weak dribbler on frame. The Red Bulls converted a free kick that shouldn’t have been given and that was enough to give the hosts a 1-0 win.

We broke down the match to the extent that we could stomach to do so, checked on our score predictions, and made our Man of the Match selections.

If you’re looking for more good news after the team went 0-2-1 in its last three matches, well, the team is off until June 15. The bad news is that it’s against LAFC.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us about MLS contracts and the shape employed by OCB’s opponents on Sunday. 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 discussed OCB’s 3-1 loss to Inter Miami II in South Florida. The Young Lions had the manpower advantage throughout the second half, but not only couldn’t equalize, but also conceded a third goal and refused to send any fresh legs onto the pitch when the game was still within reach.

In better OCB news, Yutaro Tsukada was named MLS NEXT Pro Player of the Month for May. The 2024 MLS SuperDraft pick has been impressive with the reserve side this season.

Finally, we’ve got news about the OCSC academy teams. The U-15 and U-17 squads each fared better against Inter Miami than the first team or reserve side has managed in 2024.

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. 424 went down:

0:15 – The Lions were not good on Saturday night…at least offensively. The defense was good.

18:26 – Our mailbagbox shows our listeners aren’t afraid to ask the tough questions.

28:23 – OCB suffered a bad loss, but there’s some good news about the club’s young players as well.

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