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PawedCast Episode 161: Toronto Rewind, Pride-Dash, OCB, Atlanta Preview & More

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“I felt my heart beat back a weekend’s worth of sadness.” – ‘Til Tuesday, “Coming Up Close”

Orlando City SC gave all of us a weekend’s worth of sadness with two losses and a draw between the three teams and not one single goal to cheer about. In fact, there weren’t even many shots on target that might actually lead to a goal as the Lions lost 2-0, the Pride fell 1-0, and the Young Lions played to a scoreless draw. We broke down the MLS side’s home loss to Toronto FC and picked our OCSC Man of the Match and we were split on the latter.

Paul Tenorio of The Athletic stopped by and we discussed yesterday’s big news with FC Cincinnati parting with its coach but we also talked about how the expansion side compares in its approach to Orlando City’s side in 2015. We also discussed the Lions, the job Luiz Muzzi and Ricardo Moreira are doing personnel-wise, and what the future holds in store for this team.

Dave and I talked about OCB’s draw and the Pride’s loss and how bleak things seem for fans of the club’s NWSL side. We then got into a lengthy mailbag with some great questions this week, and finished with our key match-ups and score predictions for Sunday’s match at Atlanta United.

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. 161 shook out:

0:16 – Orlando City once again came out second best against the Reds but it was the energy level that was disappointing.

23:24 – Paul Tenorio jumps aboard and he gives his take on several Lions who could soon be former Lions.

41:00 – OCB and the Pride have been shut out a lot already this season, the mailbag always scores, and our predictions for Orlando City at Atlanta will likely miss the mark.

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SkoPurp Episode 40: San Diego Wave Rewind, Spirit Preview, and More

The Pride get their first home win over the Wave, Barbra Banda debuts, a Spirit preview, and listener mail.

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The Orlando Pride suddenly find themselves on a winning streak to go with their unbeaten streak to start the season. Orlando dispatched the San Diego Wave 1-0 in a game that should not have finished that close, as the Pride dominated long stretches of the match, but largely wasted a 20-4 advantage in shots. We break down the match, check on our score predictions, and make our selections for Player of the Match.

Barbra Banda made her long-awaited Pride debut against the Wave. She didn’t score, but she had her chances, and she showed how adept she is at getting into dangerous areas. Banda should be a great addition to Orlando’s roster.

Our mailbagbox this week asked us about Brianna Martinez, former Pride players who might make good coaches, NWSL expansion, the biggest challenges on Orlando’s schedule, and more. 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 visiting the Washington Spirit on Friday night. The Pride swept the regular-season series last year but didn’t fare as well in the Challenge Cup. Can Orlando keep things rolling in the regular season against a talented Washington squad? We provide our key matchups for the game and our score predictions.


Here’s how Episode 40 went down:

0:15 – The Pride finally got their first home win over a California team. We discuss.

18:15 The mailbagbox has many questions.

37:37 – Previewing the Spirit ahead of the Pride’s trip to Washington.

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PawedCast Episode 412: Montreal Rewind, OCB at Crown Legacy FC, and More

The Lions brought home another road point, OCB handled its business in North Carolina, and more.

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Orlando City’s regular-season series against CF Montreal is over already, and nobody won. The teams played to a 2-2 draw on Saturday night at Stade Saputo, with the Lions looking like the better side in the first half and the hosts controlling much of the second period. We finally saw some attacking players score their first goals of the season, too, so it was another positive step forward for the 2024 Lions. We break down the match, check our score predictions, and make our selections for Man of the Match.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us how the Lions will utilize new player rules regarding Designated Players and MLS U22 Initiative signings. Our listeners also wondered what positions we would target in the summer transfer window. 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. The Young Lions went to Crown Legacy on Friday. The Carolina-based side made it through 2023 without a home loss, but that’s not going to happen in 2024. OCB went to Matthews, NC, and came away with a 2-0 victory. It wasn’t exactly one of the drunkest MLS NEXT Pro games we’ve ever seen, but we’ll take the result any day of the week. Congrats on the goals to Alex Freeman and Shak Mohammed.

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Here’s how No. 412 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City completed its two-game road swing, earning four of a possible six points. We dissect the most recent match in Montreal.

21:19 – Our mailbagbox asks us about Designated Players and U22 Initiative players, as well as other stuff.

31:41 – OCB handled its business with a complete 2-0 win on the road at Crown Legacy.

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PawedCast Episode 411: Orlando City’s Designated Players, CF Montreal Preview, and More

We discuss the roles of the various Lion attackers and get ready for the trip to Montreal.

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As the Lions prepare to take to the road again for a Saturday night match in Montreal, we looked back at the first MLS game Facundo Torres, Martin Ojeda, and Luis Muriel started together. The trio of 2024 Orlando City Designated Players looked good at times, but still aren’t producing at a level one would expect. We discussed how their skills match, what their positioning was like against D.C. United, and try to figure out the best way to use the three players.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us trivia questions and whether or not I’m a Swifty. 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 trip to Montreal. It’s a difficult place to play, but the Lions have a chance to come home with points. We look at the key matchups in the game and make our final 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. 411 went down:

0:15 – Let’s talk about the three Orlando City DPs and whether they fit together.

14:23 – Our mailbagbox tests our trivial knowledge.

27:32 – A preview of what awaits the Lions in Montreal — plus, score predictions.

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