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PawedCast Episode 257: Atlanta Rewind, Pride-Courage, National Teams, Miami & Cincy Previews, and More



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Orlando City made it six straight against rival Atlanta United without a loss (3-0-3) on Friday night, with an emotional come-from-behind victory in Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar’s MLS debut. Silvester van der Water came off the bench to spark the comeback and the Lions forced Josef Martinez to make sad faces on national television, which is always a good thing. We break down the match and give you our Man of the Match selection, which is unanimous.

The Orlando Pride looked much more organized under interim coach Becky Burleigh in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the North Carolina Courage. Sydney Leroux had the goal and the team played well at times, although there still are some things to iron out to get the Pride playing as they did in the season’s opening weeks. We dive into that match as well as the players’ postgame comments, which were very telling.

We may be used to the United States Men’s National Team disappointing us while the USWNT gets results, but those roles were reversed over the past few days. We look back at the USMNT’s Gold Cup final victory over Mexico and what it means for the program moving forward. Then we look at how the USWNT flamed out of gold medal contention at the Olympics.

The Florida Cup returned to Orlando this past week and I give a brief overview of the proceedings from last Wednesday. It was kind of weird being back in Orlando City’s old home for the first time in five years.

This week’s mailbag wants to know about our all-time Orlando City XI, places to visit in Cincinnati, Concacaf’s choice of stadiums, and more. 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.

We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Inter Miami tonight and FC Cincinnati on Saturday.

That’s all for this week.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!

Here’s how No. 257 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City got the dub and it wasn’t easy. The Lions showed resiliency and van der Water was the catalyst the team needed.

38:01 – The Orlando Pride took a step in the right direction in Becky Burleigh’s debut, but what did those postgame comments really mean? Plus, the USMNT and USWNT might be going in opposite directions, and the Florida Cup was fun (again).

1:15:03 – Our mailbag, and prediction time for Orlando City against Miami and at Cincinnati.


PawedCast Episode 426: LAFC Rewind, OCB-Chattanooga, Charlotte Preview, and More

Orlando City’s attack continues to misfire, OCB is bad at shootouts, and a midweek trip to North Carolina.



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We start this episode with a quick announcement that you can hang with your PawedCast hosts on Saturday before the Lions take on the Chicago Fire. That’s right. Dave’s down from Tallahassee and we’d love to thank you in person for listening to the show and reading our website. Give the episode a listen to find out where we’ll be in downtown Orlando from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Orlando City’s time off did not fix the offense. Well, that’s not fair. It’s fair to say that the offense is better at generating shots. However, if the shots aren’t getting to the target or are missing it, that’s a problem. Is it better to get only four shots and put one on frame or to get 19 and only put one on target? That’s a terrible set of options. We break down a frustrating result despite a good performance against one of the league’s best teams. We also look back at our predictions and make our selections for Man of the Match.

OCB was drunk in the bad way last week in a 2-2 home draw against Chattanooga. The Young Lions continue to defy the odds with some horrible postgame penalty shootout performances, however, and it’s cost the team points. In this case, OCB went from three points in hand in stoppage time to just one lousy point. Look, only insane people care about soccer teams, because they’re designed to hurt you for caring.

This week’s mailbagbox wants to know about some of the young players. 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 touched on the USMNT’s good performance against Brazil in Orlando. It was weird being back at Camping World Stadium, but it was good to see the U.S. bounce back for a good result against a tough team. We also discussed David Brekalo’s cameo at the Euros on Sunday.

Finally, we provide our key matchups and score predictions for the Lions’ midweek trip to Charlotte. The North Carolina side is a good defensive club, which is not what the Orlando offense needs. But hey, you have to play them all.

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Here’s how No. 425 went down:

0:15 – The Lions can’t shoot. The Young Lions can’t shootout. It’s not a fun season on the men’s side.

28:04 – Our mailbagbox, a quick discussion of the USMNT vs. Brazil in Orlando, and David Brekalo gets (a few) minutes at the Euros.

45:17 – We go again Wednesday in Charlotte. Maybe the team will score. Maybe not.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 47: San Diego Rewind, Courage Preview, and More

The Pride remain unbeaten despite their winning streak snapping in San Diego, and a trip to North Carolina looms next.



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The Orlando Pride played without Adriana and Rafaelle and got only a half out of Marta and Barbra Banda, but still managed to bring home a hard-fought road point after a 1-1 draw against the Wave in San Diego. The Pride remain unbeaten in Southern California and on the 2024 season thanks to an acrobatic goal from Julie Doyle. We break down the match, check back on our score predictions (one of us nailed it), and made our selections for Player of the Match.

Banda and Emily Sams made the NWSL Team of the Month for May, and the Pride’s Zambian striker was also the league’s Player of the Month. Both are well-deserved honors for Banda, and it’s nice to see Sams recognized for her outstanding efforts.

Our mailbagbox this week asked us about the Pride’s unsung hero, Sophia Smith’s silly sending off, Anna Moorhouse’s performance Friday night, 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.

Finally, the Pride will visit the North Carolina Courage on Saturday. The Pride blasted the Courage the first time the teams met, but North Carolina has a perfect home record in 2024, so Orlando will have to be better than it was in San Diego. We hit you with our preview, key matchups, and score predictions for this week’s game.

Here’s how Episode 47 went down:

0:15 – The Pride didn’t win for the first time in a while, but still got a good road result. Plus, some Orlando players gained league recognition.

17:34 The mailbagbox gives us a chance to provide much-needed answers to our listeners’ most penetrating questions.

35:58 – The Pride head to North Carolina to take on the Courage.

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PawedCast Episode 425: OCB vs. Carolina Core, USMNT, LAFC Preview, and More

The Lions were off while the Young Lions played with their food. Plus, USMNT talk and an LAFC preview.



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Orlando City’s MLS side was off for the international break over the weekend, so we begin this week’s show (the only one this week due to the schedule) with an extended breakdown of Orlando City B’s comeback draw against Carolina Core FC. The Young Lions started poorly, fought back to tie the match, appeared to take the lead late, had multiple red cards shown to the bench at the end of normal time, and then won the extra point in the postgame penalty shootout.

Games like this are what made us coin the term “drunk OCB,” because unexpected things happen. In fact, each team scored on a penalty in regulation. When you factor in the multi-goal comeback, the waved-off winner, the red cards to people not even on the pitch, and the wacky shootout in which four consecutive players failed to score at one point, it was a crazy match.

After our recap, we discussed the summer fates of some of Orlando City’s internationals. The club’s Uruguayans aren’t needed for Copa America, while starting center back David Brekalo is off to the Euros to play for Slovenia.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us about Orlando City’s shape and which summer international tournament we’re looking forward to most. 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 touched on the USMNT’s beatdown at home against Colombia. The final score was ugly, and it could have been uglier, but it also could have been much better. It was a weird game.

Finally, we prepare you for Orlando City’s home match Saturday against LAFC, a team the Lions have never beaten. Is this the year? Well, LAFC is quite good and the Lions have not been able to score goals, and that’s not a recipe for success. We provide our key matchups and score predictions.

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Here’s how No. 425 went down:

0:15 – The Young Lions were comically bad to start the game but showed a great deal of grit to climb back into the match and take two of a possible three points from Carolina Core.

20:33 – Our mailbagbox is fairly short and sweet this week.

31:28 – The USMNT’s bad day and a preview of the LAFC match.

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