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PawedCast Episode 248: Orlando City-Red Bulls and Pride-Kansas City Rewinds, Daryl Dike & National Team News, and More

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Orlando City is undefeated no more after a tough 2-1 loss at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Lions didn’t play well in the middle and dug a deep hole, then nearly climbed out of it thanks to Silvester van der Water. The rally came up a bit short, and the team can now concentrate on getting healthy, welcome back Nani and (eventually) Daryl Dike, and start preparing for another go-round with Toronto FC.

We break down Orlando City’s loss to the New York Red Bulls, choose our Man of the Match selections, and worry aloud about Chris Mueller’s form. We also discuss the news that Barnsley FC is not buying Daryl Dike’s rights and the big striker is expected to rejoin Orlando City after the international break, which is welcome news.

The Orlando Pride kept rolling with their third straight win, making it four matches in a row without a loss and you get to hear me find out in real time that the goal in Sunday’s 1-0 victory was changed from Marta to Alex Morgan at some point while I was driving home Tuesday. The Pride have a big match coming up against the second-place Washington Spirit this weekend as the NWSL’s top two teams thus far will square off in the nation’s capital. Can the Pride keep it going?

Following Pride talk, we discuss the USMNT’s loss at Switzerland and why neither of us are freaking out about it.

Our mailbag is curious as to who Orlando City will sign to replace Dike and we get to have some funsies with one of the questions. Listeners also want to know how we’d feel about Jozy Altidore in purple.

If there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the 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. 248 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City’s zero in the loss column is gone, so…mission accomplished, MLS DisCo!

34:55 – The Pride are on a roll and there are a lot of reasons why you should come to the stadium to see them.

1:06:49 – It’s mailbag time and this week we have no key match-ups or predictions as Orlando City is off until late June.

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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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