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Orlando City bounced back from the Real Salt Lake loss by doing something it had never before done — beat the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Lions left it late but managed to grind out a 1-0 win against the bunkering Caps on a Nani deflection of Sacha Kljestan’s shot. It turns out that winning is better than not winning and so we celebrate this week and pick our Man of the Match. We differed on the choice.
The Pride had a horrific start to their two-game road trip but bounced back nicely to claim a road point against the Reign. We discuss both games and how this team is a bit out of sync to start the season. Also, 50/50 balls in the box are terrifying when the Pride are defending.
We touch on OCB’s third loss in four matches to start the season and why the Young Lions are getting pushed around a bit. (Hint: they’re really young and some of their opponents are in their late 20s and early 30s.)
We answered another good-sized mailbag and also gave our key match-ups and score predictions for this weekend’s road match against New York City FC.
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Here’s how show No. 159 went:
0:15 – Orlando City not only didn’t concede early, but the Lions didn’t concede at all. They even scored the first goal of the game, although it took 88 minutes to do it. We’ll take it.
27:58 – The Pride get punted by the Courage but bounced back to take a point in the third match in eight days. It was nice to see Orlando bounce back from the trouble at North Carolina but there’s work to do.
1:03:19 – It’s mailbag time and Thanos vs. the Night King is an actual topic that was discussed.
1:19:04 – Our key match-ups and score predictions for the upcoming game at NYCFC. Again, we differed.