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PawedCast Episode 304: Arsenal & Philly Rewinds, Transfers, OCB, Red Bulls & D.C. Previews, and More

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Orlando City had a rough week but at least only one of the two losses counts. The midweek friendly match-up against Arsenal FC was entertaining and without any pressure. The Saturday night game against the Philadelphia Union ended with a bit of a harsh result. While the Lions may not have deserved a victory, it’s a little disingenuous to say they deserved a loss after an evenly played match that featured a little video review controversy. The East leaders left with three points but didn’t have an easy time of it in Orlando and each team mustered only one shot on target all night. We break down the matches with about as much depth as we can muster during this brutal stretch and we select our Man of the Match from the league game.

We also discussed some Orlando City transfers since our last show. It’s not exactly been Christmas in July for Lions fans on the new player front, but hope springs eternal that Luiz Muzzi has one more ace up his sleeve that simply hasn’t been announced yet. If he doesn’t, the rest of the season may go more or less how July has gone.

The Pride were off this week but their newest player has arrived and hopefully Haley Brugeja can help Seb Hines extend the club’s unbeaten run to four games this Sunday at Kansas City.

OCB fared worse against Union II than the first team did against Philadelphia’s MLS side, finishing the game with just nine players. Wilfredo Rivera is off to Indianapolis on loan, while some fans are ready to see if Jack Lynn can step up and pull the first team out of its lethargy. We do not believe Lynn is the answer but we do hope he continues to grow his game so that someday he might.

This week’s mailbag asked us about Only Murders in the Building, players from other sports who could help the Lions and/or Pride, and which of three awful choices we’d select if we were forced to make a horrible decision. 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 U.S. Open Cup match-up against the New York Red Bulls and for Sunday’s trip to Audi Field to play against a D.C. United team that was almost destined to have Wayne Rooney at the helm.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!


Here’s how No. 304 went down:

0:15 – Not a great week, if you ask us, but here are our takes on Orlando City’s past seven days.

38:55 – Pride and OCB talk and why we think Jack Lynn isn’t exactly the next Cyle Larin or Daryl Dike (nor should anyone expect him to be).

56:18 – Our mailbagbox and our predictions for the upcoming NYRB and D.C. games.

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PawedCast Episode 399: Jeorgio Kocevski Interview, Cavalry FC Rewind, Inter Miami Preview, U.S. Open Cup, and More

Our exclusive interview with Orlando City’s rookie midfielder, plus a look back at Cavalry and ahead at Miami.

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Orlando City was able to rest some starters and still put three goals on the board in a 3-1 home win over Cavalry FC on Tuesday evening. The Lions advance to play Tigres UANL of Liga MX in the Round of 16, but you’ve got to beat the good teams at some point if you want to win the trophy. We break down the win over the Canadian Premier League side, including our first glimpses of Luis Muriel and Shak Mohammed with the first team. We check back on our score predictions and make our selections for Man of the Match.

The United States Men’s National Team is returning to Orlando to face Brazil in a friendly this summer at Camping World Stadium. We discuss how cool that is and how it will tell us a lot about how far the USMNT still has to go.

Rookie midfielder Jeorgio Kocevski is our special guest this week. The Syracuse product earned an MLS contract with Orlando City this preseason after being selected No. 21 overall in the 2024 MLS SuperDraft. We put the rookie through his paces, asking him about his draft experience, his transition to the pro game, his first minutes as a professional, what we can expect from a goal celebration, and much more. Big thanks to Jeorgio for his time and for being a great sport.

This week’s mailbagbox was thirsting for knowledge about David Rohe’s split loyalties if Orlando City ever faces Tallahassee Soccer Club. 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.

Following the mailbagbox, we ranted a bit about Major League Soccer not fully participating in the 2024 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, how the league is not respecting a tournament with a long history, and how U.S. Soccer dropped the ball by not dropping the hammer. Nobody wins and everyone loses, and that’s a shame.

Finally, we looked ahead to Saturday’s match in Fort Lauderdale against Inter Miami, giving our key matchups and score predictions. It’s the first of the 2024 Tropic Thunder rivalry matches and we’re hoping for a good outcome, but we’re already side eyeing the refs after what happened to the LA Galaxy’s Mark Delgado over the last several days.


Here’s how No. 399 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City swept its Concacaf Champions Cup tie with Cavalry FC, taking the home leg 3-1 with a heavily rotated lineup. We break down the match..

20:55 – Jeorgio Kocevski jumps on the pod with us and could hardly have been a more personable guest.

37:36 — Our mailbagbox segment, a rant about MLS not being fully involved in this year’s U.S. Open Cup, and a look ahead to a matchup with Miami.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 33: Megan Montefusco’s Injury, New Kits, the Player We’re Most Excited to See, and More

A secret Pride preseason, a blow to the team’s depth, new kits, the new Orlando player we’re most excited to see, and more.

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Our off-season schedule continues. After a lot of news in January, the news has been slow of late, despite it being a time of year when it’s normally busy. The Orlando Pride have been exceedingly secretive this preseason, because, when the season is coming up quickly, why be fun or informative when you can be neither?

One thing we know is that defender Megan Montefusco had foot surgery and has been placed on the season-ending injury list. That’s not the fun news we were hoping for, but it is news. It’s also extremely unfortunate for a key depth piece for the Pride and we wish Megan a speedy and full recovery. We discuss where that leaves Orlando’s back line depth, which is important with Rafaelle a regular on her national team.

Our mailbagbox was empty for this episode, but we did have a nice five-star review, so we read that. 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 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.

The Pride launched two new kits as part of the NWSL’s full, leaguewide kit reset, and we like them. We tell you why.

Finally, we finish with a brief discussion of the new Pride players we’re most looking forward to seeing on the field in 2024. We were in agreement with our top two picks. Who do you want to see?


Here’s how Episode 33 went down:

0:15 – The Pride is keeping preseason a secret, which effectively omits fun and prevents any buzz from building. Also, Megan Montefusco is on the season-ending injury list, and that sucks.

9:31 The mailbagbox may have been empty, but at least we got a nice five-star review.

16:35 – A discussion of the new Orlando Pride kits for 2024. Also: the new Pride player we’re most interested in seeing take the field in 2024.

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PawedCast Episode 398: CF Montreal Rewind, Cavalry FC Preview, and More

A look back at the 0-0 draw to open the regular season and a look ahead at potential advancement in Concacaf Champions Cup.

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Orlando City loves to draw on opening day, and so the Lions split the points in their first MLS match of the season for the seventh time in 10 seasons. The 0-0 draw against CF Montreal wasn’t the worst result, but it sure wasn’t what we expected or wanted. Orlando City was the better side but couldn’t get the final touch right, which is an unfortunate part of the sport sometimes. It’s not unusual for teams playing in continental tournaments to struggle early in the MLS season. FC Cincinnati and the Philadelphia Union also drew against 2023 non-playoff teams, for example.

After starting the show with some unfinished business from last time, we break down the Lions’ opener against CF Montreal and hey, at least Josef Martinez didn’t score. But then again, Orlando hasn’t allowed a goal on opening day since Oscar Pareja arrived.

This week’s mailbagbox was curious about the roles of Martin Ojeda and Luis Muriel for 2024. We think both players are going to do big things. There was also a question about which of the two major home improvement stores we prefer. 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.

Following the mailbagbox, we had some breaking news that will seem old by the time you listen to this show. I went on a mini rant about MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+. Then, we finished with our key matchups and score predictions for tonight’s game against Cavalry FC in the Concacaf Champions Cup.


Here’s how No. 398 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City got its first win in Concacaf Champions Cup in emphatic fashion, outclassing Cavalry FC with speed and ball movement. We recap.

23:35 – The mailbagbox wants to know about home improvement stores, Muriel, and Ojeda.

38:00 — A rant about MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+ and our key matchups and score predictions for the second leg against Cavalry FC.

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