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PawedCast Episode 260: Nashville & Chicago Rewinds, Pride-Spirit, Miami Preview and More



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Orlando City didn’t score a lot of goals but still managed to take four of a possible six points from a double-match week. The Lions started things with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Nashville SC and came home to defeat the Chicago Fire 1-0 in a week that saw even more bodies leave the game day roster. Orlando had only one Designated Player at Nashville and had only 30 minutes of a DP on the field Saturday but still managed to get some decent results. We break down the draw and the win and make our Man of the Match selections.

We also premiere the new smash hit “The Grinch is Back” by listener Lee Gavlick. Here are Lee’s absolutely stunning lyrics about the return of Adam Grinwis — sung to the tune of Elton John’s “The Bitch is Back.”

We had a ginger keeper, number ninety-nine
When it came to Cup time, we felt just fine
Times are changing, City’s back on track
And our backup’s gonna stun ‘ya, ‘cause the Grinch is back
Start Pedro in the league, that’s alright
And we’ll cheer for Mason when the time is right
But he can win that cup match, plays real tall
Gets City by on certain evenings when his number is called
Yeah the Grinch, yeah the Grinch
Oh the Grinch is back
Stone cold keeper as a matter of fact
He’s the Grinch, he’s the Grinch
And he’s better than you
With the way that he moves,
Made New York look like fools

Big thanks to Lee for his outstanding musical effort.

The Orlando Pride tasted defeat for the first time under Becky Burleigh after blowing a late lead and falling 2-1 to the Washington Spirit on the road. There was a colossal mistake that let the Spirit back in the game and the hosts stole all three points late. We break down that game as well and discuss the loan of Konya Plummer to the Swedish top flight.

This week’s mailbag asked about Suicide Squad, COVID-19 protocols in Europe, 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 Orlando City vs. Inter Miami.

That’s all for this week.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!

Here’s how No. 260 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City got back-to-back results in a two-match week, and Lee Gavlick wrote a great musical tribute to Adam Grinwis.

34:22 – The Pride fall on the road, our mailbag, and our predictions for the Tropic Thunder rivalry on Friday.


PawedCast Episode 349: Orlando City-Red Bulls Preview, OCB-NYRB II Rewind, and More

The Young Lions stayed unbeaten at home and the senior Lions look to win consecutive road contests.



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We decided to give everyone a little time off this week due to the Memorial Day holiday and so we have no special guest, however, we still had plenty to discuss.

Orlando City B took center stage early this week with a rare Monday night match against New York Red Bulls II. The Young Lions jumped out to an early lead, fell behind by halftime, and managed to stage a comeback to claim all three points. OCB remains unbeaten at home in 2023 after a wild match that of course featured some Jack Lynn heroics.

We discuss the Young Lions’ win over the Baby Bulls and Lynn’s torrid streak. Also, we’ve had more Shak Mohammed sightings recently, as the 19-year-old Ghanaian has been playing better of late with OCB and he scored his first professional goal on Monday night to win the match. It’s a great sign from the Generation Adidas draft pick and we look forward to watching his continued development.

After our OCB recap, we opened up the mailbagbox to find a question about Ted Lasso. Don’t worry, we handled it with care to keep listeners spoiler-free. 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 previewed Orlando City’s upcoming match Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. We included our key matchups and score predictions as the senior Lions take on New York on the road.

Here’s how No. 349 went down:

0:15 – The Young Lions get top billing for this episode. That’s new.

16:43 – The mailbagbox believes! Our thoughts on Coach Beard’s revelation from the show’s penultimate episode (without spoiling the revelation for those who are behind).

30:41 – Key matchups were unanimous and we’ve got score predictions for the Lions at the Red Bulls.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 8: Chicago Rewind, Houston Preview, and More

The Pride dominated the Red Stars but left Chicago without any points, while a trip to Houston looms next.



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The Orlando Pride went from beating the league’s best team to losing to the league’s bottom team in just one week. That’s kind of what we’ve got to deal with while this young team grows, but the positives were there. The Pride completely dominated play and created a ton of chances but the club continues to struggle in front of goal, and it didn’t help matters that Alyssa Naeher brought her ‘A’ game to Saturday night’s proceedings. We break down a disappointing-yet-simultaneously-encouraging loss against the Red Stars and make our Player of the Match selections.

We also talked about the return of forward Julie Doyle and what that could mean for the Pride attack as we move forward through the 2023 season.

Our mailbagbox featured questions from listeners and we did our best to answer them to the best of our ability. 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 gave our key matchups and score predictions for the Pride’s trip to play the Houston Dash on Saturday night.

Here’s how Episode 8 went down:

0:15 – The Pride saw their unbeaten streak snapped at Chicago against a beatable Red Stars team (well, beatable for most teams this season, anyway).

11:00 – The mailbagbox beckons and we answer your questions.

27:56 – The Pride are headed to Houston next and we’ve got our key matchups and predictions.

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PawedCast Episode 348: Atlanta Rewind, OCB-Inter Miami II, and More

The senior Lions couldn’t hold their 1-0 lead but OCB did.



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Orlando City returned home and once again goals were difficult to come by, which allowed the visitors to score late and take points home with them. The Lions were playing their second straight rivalry match and Atlanta United was ripe for the picking, but Orlando City could only muster one goal from Kyle Smith — getting the PawedCast bump from his appearance last week — and allowed an equalizer in the dying moments of the match. A point is OK but too many of these are feeling like losses.

We break down the Lions vs. Atlanta United and give our selections for Man of the Match. We also checked back to see how our predictions went and discussed Smith’s MLS honor this week.

We switched gears and opened our mailbagbox, making a co-ed team consisting of Orlando City and Pride players, and talked a little music as well. 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 discussed Orlando City B’s 1-0 road win at Inter Miami II (courtesy of another Jack Lynn goal), a big international moment for Alejandro Granados, and more.

Here’s how No. 348 went down:

0:15 – The hated Atlanta United came to town and stole two points at the end because the Five Stripes are like that.

12:54 – The mailbagbox and a five-star review to add to the pile.

25:00 – OCB took three more points out of DRV PNK Stadium to bring home to Orlando.

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