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PawedCast Episode 204: MLS is Back Preview with Miguel Gallardo, Challenge Cup, Predictions, and More

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Holy cow, Orlando City soccer is about to return. [/furiously knocks on wood]

The Lions will square off with Inter Miami for the first time at 8 p.m. tonight as the MLS is Back Tournament gets underway. We’ve all been waiting a long time for MLS to return so we after we discuss how this entire event could fall apart quickly — based on FC Dallas having already withdrawn and uncertainty surrounding Nashville SC — we chat with club legend Miguel Gallardo about the tournament, Orlando City’s health and chances of advancing, and much more.

We also touch briefly on some minor Orlando Pride news and the latest on the return of OCB later this month. Then we’re off to the mailbag, answering questions about Hamilton, what kinds of changes we’d make to soccer, and so on. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

We continue to review our Marvel Cinematic Universe rewatch. This week we’re talking about Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Finally, we are back to giving you our key match-ups and score predictions. We’re both feeling good about the Lions but anything can happen in a tournament.

Stay safe and enjoy the show.


Here’s how show No. 204 went down:

0:14 – MLS is Back is…well, here (we think). Let’s discuss how it could not be here, and also touch on some minor Orlando Pride and OCB happenings.

30:27 – Miguel Gallardo is jacked up over the return of Orlando City and we love his enthusiasm. We discuss Group A, what Miggy thinks Orlando’s chances hinge upon, and much more.

53:09 – The mailbag segment is full of inquiries, and we discuss this week’s MCU flicks, plus we finally get to go back to the key match-ups and score predictions segment!

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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.

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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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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 39: Utah Royals Rewind, San Diego Wave Preview, and More

The Pride remain unbeaten and finally get their first 2024 win with a home date against San Diego looming.

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OK, so we forgot to talk about the end of the SheBelieves Cup, and we recorded Monday night, so we were done before the news broke about the Orlando Pride waiving Kaylie Collins and Tori Hansen on Tuesday morning. Let’s just say we still had plenty to talk about, because the Pride won their first match of 2024 and stayed unbeaten at 1-0-3.

We discuss the Pride’s trip to Utah and how Orlando came home with all three points, which will hopefully become a springboard to a playoff run. But it’s a long season. For now, we are happy to break down the Pride’s road win and another solid defensive outing. We make our selections for player of the match and check back on our score predictions.

If the Pride’s offense has been a little slow to get started in 2024, well, help is on the way. We discuss Barbra Banda’s arrival in Orlando. Banda took part in her first training session with the Pride on Tuesday and is a player who can make the offense much more dangerous. She’ll also create more room for the likes of Marta, Adriana, Ally Watt, and Julie Doyle, so that can only help those players as well.

Then we dove into our mailbagbox, which asked us about Pride newcomers, goal differential, Marta, Star Wars droid battery technology, 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 hosting the San Diego Wave on Friday night. The Pride have never beaten a California team at home, which is weird, because they have gotten plenty of results out west. Is this the year? The Pride already failed to beat Angel City at home, although a draw isn’t the worst outcome. We took a stab at predicting the score and provided our key matchups.


Here’s how Episode 39 went down:

0:15 – The Pride flew west, played at altitude, and brought home all three precious points from Utah.

22:49 The mailbagbox contained a wide variety of questions to seriously test our expertise. Wait, what expertise?

52:25 – A look ahead to Friday’s matchup against the Wave.

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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!

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. 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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