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PawedCast Episode 250: National Team Rewind, Homegrown Signing, Toronto & San Jose Previews, and More



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Orlando City and the Orlando Pride were off this past week but both the U.S. men and women were in action, which meant Orlando players Daryl Dike and Alex Morgan were on the pitch. And, both scored! We talk a little about Dike’s performance in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s friendly against Costa Rica and the USWNT’s Summer Series so far. That last game was a mixed bag for Pride players, as Konya Plummer conceded a penalty but Morgan got back on the score sheet.

Plus, we talk a little about Orlando City’s newest Homegrown Player signing, Thomas Williams. He’s an intriguing defensive prospect at 6-foot-4 and just 16 years old.

Alicia Rodriguez, who writes for Center Line Soccer (among several other sites), joined us to preview the upcoming match next Tuesday against the San Jose Earthquakes. We figured the Lions just played Toronto a couple of games ago, so the Reds are still fresh in our minds and the biggest changes are that Jozy Altidore is in the doghouse and Yeferson Soteldo (whose name I can’t quite master) is on international duty.

This week’s mailbag was a little light but it probably would have been meatier had Dave Rohe or I been able to catch more of the Euro or Copa America. Then we jumped into our key match-ups and score predictions for both the “road” game against Toronto and next week’s home match vs. San Jose.

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. 250 went down:

0:15 – The USMNT had little trouble with Costa Rica and Daryl Dike was involved throughout the match, scoring his first national team goal. Plus, a new Homegrown Lion.

14:15 – Alicia Rodriguez gives us the full story on what’s going on with the Earthquakes of San Jose.

29:06 – The USWNT in the Summer Series, the next couple of Pride opponents, our mailbag, and OCSC prediction time.


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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PawedCast Episode 389: USMNT, Ricardo Moreira Interview, Columbus Crew Preview, and More

We chat with Orlando City Technical Director and Assistant GM Ricardo Moreira and preview the Crew.



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After an unbelievably long gap in the playoff schedule, Orlando City is back this weekend with an Eastern Conference semifinal match at home against the Columbus Crew. And because it’s a special week, we’ve got a special show for you.

We open our discussion this week with a quick look at the United States Men’s National Team’s two-leg performance against Trinidad & Tobago. The games couldn’t have been more different and, although the second leg went off the rails when Sergino Dest lost his mind and got himself sent off for no good reason, the Yanks at least survived and advanced.

After that, we welcomed Orlando City Technical Director and Assistant General Manager Ricardo Moreira back to the show to talk about the team he and Luiz Muzzi put together for the 2023 season. We also asked him about his future plans beyond this season, the club’s unusual season in terms of Designated Players, whether Ivan Angulo and/or Wilder Cartagena might be back next year, and much more. Big thanks to Ricardo for taking time out to talk with us.

The mailbagbox only had one question in it this week, but it was a doozy. 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 looked ahead to Saturday’s showdown with the Columbus Crew, making our score predictions and giving our thoughts on where the match could be won or lost.

Here’s how No. 389 went down:

0:15 – We open the show with a short discussion of the USMNT’s series against Trinidad & Tobago and Sergino Dest losing his mind.

9:26 – Ricardo Moreira joins us and we ask him about his future, team building, and a bunch of other stuff.

31:55 — A quick dip into the mailbagbox and our key match-ups and predictions for Saturday’s match against the Crew.

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PawedCast Episode 388: A Look Ahead to the Columbus Crew, Listener Mail, and More

A dive into Orlando City’s next playoff opponent, a big pile of listener mail, and more.



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Orlando City now knows its opponent for the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Lions will welcome the Columbus Crew into the purple palace in Parramore on Saturday, Nov. 25 for a 5:30 p.m. match. The series this year has been extremely competitive, with Orlando going 1-0-1 in the two regular-season meetings but needing to rally from two goals down both times to secure a result.

We look at how these teams got to this point, dive into some of the key players for Columbus, and discuss the offensive prowess the Crew have shown in 2023. These were two of the best teams in the conference all season and now they’ll go toe-to-toe with a berth in the conference final on the line. It should be a great match.

We also looked at the various Orlando City players who will be with their national teams during the current international break. Hopefully they all come home healthy and inspired to show what they can do for their club after serving their countries.

The mailbagbox was chock full again this week! Big thanks to everyone who submitted questinos, including some about the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Facundo Torres’ future in Orlando (or elsewhere), what one parent should tell his child about OCSC supporters’ goal kick chant, and much 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.

We’ll be back next week to preview the game against the Crew and to cover any other news that breaks between now and then. Thanks for listening!

Here’s how No. 388 went down:

0:15 – The Lions will face the Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference semifinals. We’ve got your tale of the tape for the matchup.

19:35 – Several Lions will be with their national teams during this international window. Let’s find out which ones.

21:48 — A big pile of mail greeted us when we looked in the mailbagbox this week. So, we answered it.

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