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PawedCast Episode 241: Robin Jansson Interview, Atlanta Preview, Pride Draw Racing Louisville, and More

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Orlando City is all done with the preseason and the games now count. The Lions dispatched the Loons from Minnesota United in the final preseason scrimmage and signed draft pick Rio Hope-Gund last week and now it’s time to prepare for Atlanta United on opening day this Saturday. That Daryl Dike dude keeps on scoring and I tried to do contract math about it.

To help us prepare for the 2021 Major League Soccer season — Orlando City’s seventh in the league — we welcome the Beefy Swede himself to the show! Robin Jansson joins us to discuss the team’s preparation for the season, how the new guys are fitting in, the team’s expectations for 2021, and more. One thing Jansson hopes to see (that we also would like to see) is him scoring more bangers.

The Orlando Pride started their NWSL Challenge Cup campaign over the weekend and ended up drawing at Racing Louisville. It was a draw that felt like a loss after the Pride grabbed the lead in the 88th minute, only to concede in stoppage time. But Racing Louisville should have been down a player by that time, and we explain why as we break down the whole game. Orlando will face Batman NJ/NY Gotham FC tonight at the stadium.

We also talked about the USWNT’s trip to Sweden and France and Alex Morgan’s contributions to the team’s success. And the Orlando City U-23s got a big win last week as well.

This week’s mailbag wants to know who Orlando’s supervillains are, underrated and overrated players, and how Orlando City will spend. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

That’s all for this week.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!


Here’s how show No. 241 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City beat the Loons on a goal by new boy Silvester van der Water, Pato keeps scoring preseason goals, and Daryl Dike keeps scoring them in England. Plus, money for Kaká!

27:57 – Robin Jansson jumps on with us to tell us about the Lions’ preseason preparation and discusses some of what we’ve not been able to see behind closed doors.

45:02 – The Pride’s young players are scoring goals, the team earned a point on the road in the rain, and Alex Morgan is scoring national team goals again. Plus, our mailbag and we give our key match-ups for Orlando City-Atlanta United, along with our always hilariously wrong score predictions.

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PawedCast Episode 391: Orlando City Off-Season Roster Predictions

It’s our annual “stays or goes” episode, where we try to predict which Lions will be back and who will depart.

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With only MLS Cup remaining, it’s a painful time of the off-season for Orlando City fans. As such, we try to entertain you a little bit by diving into our annual “stays or goes” episode. Quite simply, we go down the Orlando City roster, giving you what contract information we know and trying to predict which players will be back in purple next year and which ones will be moving on to another team. Before the break, we went down the first half of the OCSC roster.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us about Christmas ornaments, obscure Orlando City jerseys we’ve spotted at games, and the first season of MLS on Apple TV+. 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.

Finally, we jumped back into stays/goes with both feet, trying to predict the core of the 2024 Orlando City roster. There may be a bit less guesswork now that we have more reliable contract information, but you never know.


Here’s how No. 391 went down:

0:15 – We tackle the first half of Orlando City’s roster asking each other if that player will stay with the Lions or be playing elsewhere next year.

29:02 – It’s mailbagbox time!

45:05 — We continue our game of stays/goes through the remainder of the OCSC roster.

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PawedCast Episode 390: Columbus Rewind, Orlando City’s Off-Season Priorities, and More

We hate it when a plan doesn’t come together.

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Welp, the season is over. It seemed like this was an Orlando City built to do the darn thing, but you can’t do the darn thing if you don’t score any goals. It’s also difficult to do the darn thing when one of your center backs gets sent off and your team has fewer players than the opposition. These are the things the Lions had to contend with on Saturday and there were still opportunities there to take the game. We discuss all of those chances that went wanting and select our unanimous pick for Man of the Match.

This week’s mailbagbox only had one submission, but 10 (!) questions. Don’t worry, they went quickly, as it was a rapid-fire trivia game for your hosts. We got some right. We got many wrong. 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.

Finally, we broke down Orlando City’s off-season priorities, in order of importance. Obviously there are three key figures who either need to be re-signed or replaced with someone of equal or higher quality — it’s not going to be easy to find someone who fits that description, let alone three someones, so we are hoping for the re-signing thing to happen. There are Designated Player slots to consider, guys who have their loans ending, and others who need to have their options picked up or sign new contracts entirely.


Here’s how No. 390 went down:

0:15 – We open the show with our recap and breakdown of Orlando City’s 2-0 loss to Columbus after extra time. The Lions could have used some goals, quite frankly.

20:24 – We dip into our mailbagbox, only to find out it’s trivia night!

34:29 — Orlando City’s off-season priorities are pretty straightforward.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 30: Pride Protected from Expansion Draft, Off-Season Roster Status Updates, and More

The Pride are marked safe from Bay FC and Utah, roster decisions announced, and more.

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We’re back for our November monthly episode and so far it’s been a quiet off-season for the Orlando Pride. However, business should be picking up soon and just within the last week there has been plenty of news to chew on.

The Pride made a couple of trades to stay safe during the upcoming NWSL Expansion Draft. We break down what Orlando sent to Bay FC and the Utah Royals, including draft picks and one regular player from the lineup, and it looks like the club is compiling Allocation Money again, which can only be a good thing. The club sent a clear message that management and the coaching staff are confident in the way the roster is shaping up and they don’t want to see anyone plucked away, only to develop for a new team. It will be interesting to see how that pays off.

We had some good questions in our mailbagbox, aksing about the prospects of the Pride’s free agents returning for 2024 as well as the likelihood of whether Orlando will be going after one particular well-known free agent. 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.

Finally, we discussed the Pride’s end-of-season roster announcements to let you know which players are seemingly gone, which have had their options picked up, and more. The club has recently done a good job of locking up players across multiple years, so there was not as much to get done this off-season, but it will be interesting to see which free agend


Here’s how Episode 30 went down:

0:15 – The Orlando Pride won’t have any players plucked from their roster in this year’s NWSL Expansion Draft. Here’s why.

9:30 Mailbagbox time! We answer our listeners’ questions.

19:45 – A look at the Pride’s off-season roster decisions and pending free agents.

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