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PawedCast Episode 170: USOC and Crew Rewind, Portland and NYRB Previews, Pride-Thorns, OCB, and More

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Orlando City had a pretty good week, advancing to the U.S. Open Cup semifinals for the first time ever after a dramatic penalty shootout against New York City FC, then turning around and finishing a triple game week with a late win over the Columbus Crew. We’re breaking down those games and picking our Man of the Match selections from a good week for the Lions.

The Pride followed a four-goal performance with a three-goal outburst in Portland. Unfortunately, Orlando allowed four to the Thorns, with the last one coming on the final touch of the ball. It wasn’t ideal for the Pride, but there are still some positives — Marta, for example.

OCB finished with a late draw and a late loss this week, as the Young Lions’ slide continues. It’s been a difficult first year for OCB but there are opportunities ahead to grab some positives before the end of the 2019 season.

We also dive into this week’s mailbag and finish with our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City at Portland and home against the Red Bulls.

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. 170 went down:

0:16 – The Lions come up with two dramatic results as an extremely busy July rolls on.

48:11 – The OCB minute is sad again. Also, the Pride hit the road and the road hit back. Late.

1:03:46 – We answer our listeners’ questions and give our key match-ups and predictions for the Portland Timbers and New York Red Bulls games.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 45: Portland Rewind, Barbra Banda on Fire, and Listener Mail

The Pride set a new NWSL record as they keep surging in 2024 behind Barbra Banda and a strong defense.

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The Orlando Pride got a signature win Friday night in the club’s 2-1 home win over the Portland Thorns. While Sophia Smith’s absence was a blow to the visitors, the Thorns have plenty of talent, and it’s not like the Pride aren’t dealing with some key absences. The end result was an NWSL-record eighth win on the bounce. The Pride have now gone 11 games this season without a loss, and with four of the next five on the road, it’s time to find out if Orlando can get through a crucial part of the schedule unscathed.

We break down the win over Portland, check back on our score predictions, and make our selections for Player of the Match. Beating the Thorns isn’t something that the Pride have done often, so it feels like this year’s team has found a new level of confidence that we haven’t seen in the team’s history — even in the playoff year of 2017.

We had a brief side discussion of Barbra Banda, who has a chance to completely rewrite the Orlando Pride record book (and possibly the league’s) if she can keep up her torrid form (or even improve upon it).

Our mailbagbox this week asked us about scorers beyond Banda, our favorite non-goal-scoring moment of the win over the Thorns, 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 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.

Without a game this weekend, we held off on our next Pride preview. Enjoy the show and thanks for listening.


Here’s how Episode 45 went down:

0:15 – The Pride denied the Thorns a seventh win in a row while picking up a new league record of their own.

20:13 The mailbagbox is always fun after a win, and this episode was a perfect example of that.

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PawedCast Episode 422: Crew Rewind, OCB-Huntsville, Chicago Preview, and More

The Lions weren’t clinical enough to overcome a curious officiating decision but the Young Lions romped.

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Orlando City faced the Columbus Crew with a solid plan and it seemed to be working when a penalty was awarded to the Lions late in the first half. However, whenever the Professional Referee Organization gets involved, bad things tend to happen to Orlando, such as a soft foul given at the other end while a foul in the buildup to that foul was not given. The Crew managed to tack one on in the second half after scoring the penalty late in the first to get the win. Orlando’s offense continues to be anemic.

We looked back at our score predictions, broke down the game, and made our Man of the Match selections.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us about playing out of the back, conceding possession to the other team, using five substitutes, and former Lion Pierre da Silva (which was a blast from the past). 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 dominant 5-0 win at home Sunday against Huntsville City. The Young Lions could have won by an even bigger margin had they been clinical at all with some guilt-edged chances in the first half, but a big +5 in the goal differential column and a win are nothing to be upset about.

Finally, we turned our attention toward Orlando City’s visit to Soldier Field to play the Chicago Fire Wednesday. After a brief discussion on the Fire’s season so far, we discussed the key matchups we expect and made our score predictions.

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Here’s how No. 422 went down:

0:15 – The Lions didn’t get it done against the Crew. We mourn the loss.

21:19 – Our mailbagbox got philosophical about tactics.

37:02 – OCB’s lopsided win and a preview of the Lions at the Fire on Wednesday.

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PawedCast Episode 421: Orlando City’s Injured Players, Columbus Crew Preview, and More

Orlando City looks to be without another key player Saturday when the Crew visit Orlando.

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We start this show a little bit differently. One of our founding members, who helped this podcast and the blog that hosts it become independent in 2023 hasn’t been around much lately. We touched on why and saluted his contributions and his passion for Orlando City.

After that, we dove into a chat about Orlando City’s injuries. As of Thursday, Duncan McGuire wasn’t fully participating in training, nor has defender Robin Jansson yet joined the main group for full contact drills. That’s not the best news with the defending MLS Cup winners visiting Inter&Co Stadium on Saturday. However, there is a player nearing a return, and it’s an attacker, so that’s helpful. Whether it will be helpful against the Columbus Crew or will have to wait a while longer remains to be seen.

This week’s mailbagbox had nothing in it when we started recording, but we still managed to field questions on why a Crew fan should switch loyalties to Orlando City and whether the Lions will ever sign another big-name player. 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 the matchup with Columbus. The Crew may not have Cucho Martinez this week, but they’re still a formidable bunch. We provide our key matchups for Saturday night and give you 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. 421 went down:

0:15 – A chat about one of our own and then a discussion of Orlando City’s injured guys.

11:35 – Our mailbagbox pendulum swung the other way, but we still had some questions to answer.

22:30 – Our look ahead to the Lions against the Crew.

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