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PawedCast Episode 302: Miami Rewind, Pride-Dash, OCB, Colorado & Atlanta Previews, and More



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Orlando City won in bizarre fashion Saturday night when Inter Miami’s Damion Lowe put a Jake Mulraney cross into his own net, handing the Lions a 1-0 home win. The Orlando Pride won in bizarre fashion Friday night when a Houston Dash defender deflected the ball into her own net, handing the Pride a 1-0 home win. Whoa. Mind. Blown.

We break down Orlando’s weather-delayed and rather dull match on Saturday and make our Man of the Match selections. We also discuss the transfer of Matheus Aias and former captain Nani’s latest soccer destination.

On the Pride side, Seb Hines got his first victory as interim coach and now has a two-match unbeaten streak going. We also talked about the recent exclusive Ian Fleming interview, in which we asked the Pride’s general manager about the strategy of the club’s roster makeover. Fleming knew he wasn’t going to be able to make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and there are a lot of folks who would rather keep those shells intact and maybe not have an omelette at all. Or something. I’ve lost the thread on the metaphor because now I’m hungry.

Anyway, I addressed the chat with Fleming (because I was there) and gave a little more background. The thing is, when you interview someone, you kind of have to quote them accurately, whether they’re spinning some things or not. Fleming did seem to do that at times, but I also felt he gave some straight answers.

OCB refused to make it a clean sweep over the weekend, discarding a 1-0 lead in the second half with a silly foul in the box and a couple of goals that Adam Grinwis would probably like to have back in a 3-1 home loss to Inter Miami II. Welp, you can’t have everything.

We also talked about the USWNT’s run in the Concacaf W Championship. The Yanks may not be impressing anyone right now but they’re winning and taking care of business. They need to do that for two more matches and we’ll be watching to see if they can.

This week’s mailbag asked us about the likelihood of the Lions adding another major piece to the club in the summer transfer window and…well, we’re just not sure, although we’d love to see it. 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.

Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City’s upcoming two-game road swing to Colorado and Atlanta.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!

Here’s how No. 302 went down:

0:15 – A quality finish from Lowe brings joy to the Lions, a midfielder plays great, and new homes for Aias and Nani.

24:27 – The Pride get their first home win of the season and they’re playing hard for Seb Hines. Also, a bit of a rant and some OCB and USWNT talk.

1:03:07 – Our mailbag and our predictions for Colorado and Atlanta, but not against each other.


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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PawedCast Episode 347: Kyle Smith Interview, Orlando City’s All-Time Best XI, Atlanta Preview, and More

Our exclusive interview with Orlando City defender Kyle Smith.



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[Note: Apologies for the echoey sound on my mic on this episode (Dave and Kyle sound great). Apparently my mic switched to the built-in laptop mic without me noticing and that’s on me. It sounds OK but not as good as usual.]

We’re back with a second show in between rivalry matches and we’re joined by Orlando City defender Kyle Smith! It’s about darn time we had Kyle on the show and we’re very thankful for his time.

Before our interview with Kyle, we updated some Orlando City news items and then had a breakout discussion from one of our mailbagbox questions. We selected our Bext XI from Orlando City’s history. There were some difficult decisons, but honestly, we felt like most of the spots were pretty easy to pick.

After that, Kyle jumped on with us to patiently answer multiple questions about whether he is, in fact, an accountant or wants to become one. On more topical pursuits, we asked Kyle his approach from week to week when he’s not sure which side of the field he’ll be playing on or even what position he might play. He also told us who his most difficult opponent in MLS has been, as well as what it’s like to face former Orlando City teammates when they move on to another team.

We then shifted back to the mailbagbox for some questions that didn’t require quite so much research and thought, and enjoyed a couple more questions that were embedded in a five-star review on Apple podcasts.

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 this weekend’s game as Orlando City hosts Atlanta United, giving our key matchups and our score prediction for another Southeast Showdown between the two bordering states.

Here’s how No. 347 went down:

0:15 – Who made the cut on our all-time Orlando City Best XI and how many of them are currently on the roster?

22:33 – Orlando City defender Kyle Smith jumps on with us and we chat about nicknames and some soccer stuff.

38:27 – Back to the mailbagbox and our preview of the Atlanta match.

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