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PawedCast Episode 249: Tesho Akindele Interview, Orlando Pride-Washington Spirit Rewind, National Team Stuff, and More

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Orlando City was off this week with the international break but Daryl Dike has been spotted within the footprint of the 48 contiguous states and we hope to have him back in Orlando after tonight’s USMNT friendly against Costa Rica.

While the Lions were off, the Orlando Pride were not, as they hit the road to face the Washington Spirit. It turns out that the only team the Pride can’t seem to beat in 2021 is Washington, as the teams played to another 1-1 draw. However, with no Sydney Leroux in the lineup and facing a tough opponent during a hot afternoon match, a point seems like a good consolation prize from a trip to the nation’s capital. We break down the Pride’s latest match in what is now a five-game unbeaten streak to start the season. There’s lots of praise to go around.

Following Pride talk, we break down the United States Men’s National Team’s run in the Nations League. OK, we gloss over the Honduras game a bit, but there’s a whole lot to unpack from the championship game against Mexico. That match was as Concacaf as Concacaf gets, but the resilient young Yanks came away with a trophy in the competition’s first go-round. Getting one over on Mexico is always fun, even with all the shenanigans from Sunday night.

Orlando City forward Tesho Akindele jumped on with us this week to talk about his season so far, the Lions’ 2021 campaign, what the team is up to during the break, and his approach to so many situations. Tesho was a great guest and we enjoyed this conversation quite a bit.

Our mailbag was small this week but we discuss Gregg Berhalter’s approach to Sunday’s final.

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. 249 went down:

0:15 – The Orlando Pride stayed unbeaten and for once Alex Morgan didn’t score a goal. Also, the USMNT wins a trophy in a crazy game that had a little bit of everything — even some things that we didn’t even know were things.

52:00 – Sorry to keep you waiting for Tesho, but that was an insane U.S.-Mexico match, so blame it on them. We think he was worth the wait.

1:08:53 – A quick update on the upcoming matches for the national teams and Orlando’s pro sides and some deep thoughts from a shallow mailbag.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 44: Reign Rewind, Portland Preview, and More

The Pride picked up their first win in the state of Washington and look forward to Friday’s showdown with the red-hot Thorns.

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The Orlando Pride appeared to be headed to an absolute beatdown of the Seattle Reign on the road Sunday, but a third goal was (correctly) overturned, and a Seattle goal late in first-half stoppage time gave the hosts a lifeline. The Reign tied the game eventually, but the Pride have Barbra Banda. Sometimes that’s the only difference you need. Orlando won in Seattle for the first time and tied a league record with its seventh consecutive win.

We break down the Pride’s road victory, check in on our score predictions, and make our selections for Player of the Match. Great stuff from Seb Hines and company.

Our mailbagbox this week was quite stuffed. Our listeners asked us about that foul on Banda, theme nights for Pride matches, the lines on the field, 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.

After the mailbagbox, we dove into the game of the season so far, as the Portland Thorns visit the Pride Friday night in what is the league’s first-ever battle between two teams on winning streaks of four or more matches. The Pride will need to be at their best both offensively and defensively to get a result against the surging Thorns. We provide our key matchups and score predictions for a match that Orlando could probably win and still somehow not rise to the top of the ESPN power rankings.


Here’s how Episode 44 went down:

0:15 – The Pride got into an unexpected shootout in Seattle but came out on top. Reign, you’ve been Banda’d!

20:13 The mailbagbox is starting to grow nicely.

35:16 – A massive battle awaits Friday with the arrival of the Thorns in Orlando.

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PawedCast Episode 420: San Jose Rewind and Listener Mail

The Lions finish a rough stretch of three games in eight days unbeaten with their first ever win in San Jose.

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Orlando City went out west and did something that the Lions have never done before — beat the Earthquakes in San Jose. Orlando brought home all three points courtesy of a 1-0 win supplied by Jack Lynn’s late strike. It was a hard-fought match between a pair of leggy teams that each played counterattacking soccer and yet there were scoring chances for both, rather than the game devolving largely into a stalemate in the middle of the pitch.

We looked back at our score predictions to see how we did (happily we were both wrong), broke down the game, and made our selections for Man of the Match.

This week’s mailbagbox was absolutely loaded, asking us questions about cruise vacations, the USMNT, The Soccer Tournament, Mel Brooks movies, what we’d wear to the game as players, Jack Lynn’s (lack of) goal celebrations, and more. 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.

We’ll be back before the end of the week to preview Orlando City’s coming matchup on Saturday against the Columbus Crew.

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. 420 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City and San Jose tangled in Norcal and the Cardiac Cats won the day.

23:03 – Our mailbagbox was insanely full this week, which is awesome.

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PawedCast Episode 419: Miami Rewind, San Jose Preview, and More

A look back at Orlando City’s 0-0 draw and a look ahead at the Lions’ trip to play the Quakes.

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The injured Lionel Messi was a no-show as the Lions and Herons played to a scoreless draw on Wednesday night, and we aren’t sure what we were expecting, but it was not that. Most of the chances seemed to come early in the match, although there were some attacks in the second half for both teams that fizzled just prior to the teams taking a potentially decisive shot. We break down the match for probably way longer than a scoreless draw requires. We also looked back at our score predictions (which were the same this time) to see how wrong we were and made our selections for Man of the Match (which were not the same this time).

This week’s mailbagbox asked us whether Messi is ducking playing in Orlando and which player we would change their footedness (is that a word?). 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 looked ahead to Saturday’s late-night matchup with the Earthquakes in San Jose. The Quakes have been scoring plenty of goals but giving up a lot more of them. Tired legs, lack of rotation, and a cross-country trip will combine to make things difficult for Orlando City, but the game is something from which the Lions could take points with a good performance. We look ahead to the key matchups on Saturday and try to predict the final score.

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. 419 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City and Inter Miami played more than 90 minutes without scoring a goal. But everyone got plenty of fresh air and exercise.

23:03 – Our mailbagbox was light, but fun.

32:20 – A preview of the San Jose match.

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