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PawedCast Episode 224: New York City FC Rewind, Suspensions, New England Preview, and More

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Orlando City is nothing if not on brand. The Lions advanced in their historic first playoff match but didn’t even win it. The result will go down as a draw, with the lads in purple advancing on penalties after the weirdest shootout most people have ever seen. But hey, how many times do you get to celebrate advancing in the playoffs three times in one day?

We break down the Lions’ incredible shootout victory after a hard-fought 1-1 draw against New York City FC and make our selections for our Man of the Match.

Jake Catanese from The Bent Musket was kind enough to stop by and help us preview Sunday’s unexpected match-up against the New England Revolution. We haven’t seen the Revs for a while, so it was good to get some insight from Jake on where the team is heading under Bruce Arena and what we might be able to expect on Sunday.

After our segment with Jake, we discuss league officiating double standards and whether they mean anything at all. We also talk about the Pride players who are and are not with the USWNT for Friday’s match and we touch on the death of Diego Maradona.

Our mailbag has questions, as usual, and we have answers. 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.

Finally, we’re here with our key match-ups and predictions for Sunday’s match against New England.

That’s all for this week.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!


Here’s how show No. 224 went down:

0:15 – The Lions got their first MLS postseason “win” on Saturday but it took some doing and they had to work overtime to get there. What happened? What worked? What didn’t?

36:36 – Jake Catanese provides information about an opponent Orlando City normally sees a couple times per year (but this is 2020 so the teams haven’t met yet).

58:09 – We’re thankful for this week’s mailbag and to our listeners, plus, there are key match-ups and predictions to discuss.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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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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