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PawedCast Episode 310: Seattle Rewind, Benji Michel Interview, OCB, Sacramento & Philly Previews, and More

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Orlando City SC found a new way to win last Wednesday, falling behind 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders — a team the Lions had never previously beaten — and then rallying back from two goals down to win, 3-2. That happened despite Mauricio Pereyra missing a penalty kick in the first half that would have pulled the Lions level before the break. The team continues to show resiliency and found a way to win despite rotating the squad and falling behind.

We break down Orlando’s fourth consecutive victory and second straight at home and make our selections for Man of the Match. Another Lion made MLS Team of the Week, so we mentioned that as well.

Benji Michel dropped by to talk about the team’s U.S. Open Cup final tonight against Sacramento Republic, which is a special moment for the Orlando native and OCSC Homegrown Player. He also touched on the team’s ongoing winning streak and why the team just keeps finding ways to win at the end of games in recent weeks. Big thanks to Benji for his time.

The Orlando Pride were off this week but they’ll be back in action Friday night at home in a critical match against the Portland Thorns. Every point is precious if the Pride are to keep their postseason hopes alive for 2022.

OCB, however, is officially eliminated from playoff contention after the Young Lions fell 2-0 at New England Revolution II. It’s been a bit of an up-and-down first season in MLS NEXT Pro for OCB but hopefully the player development side will pay dividends.

This week’s mailbag invited us for drinks, asked us about tifos, and wants our advice on pregame festivities. 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 final against Sacramento Republic FC and Saturday’s road game at the Philadelphia Union.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!


Here’s how No. 310 went down:

0:15 – The Lions picked up their first win against Seattle in dramatic fashion.

25:10 – Benji Michel hops on to discuss the cup final tonight, what this moment means to him, and the team’s recent form.

37:20 – We touch on the Pride and OCB, answer our mail, and make our predictions for two huge matches coming up this week.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 24: North Carolina Courage Rewind, Mailbagbox, and More

The Pride knock off the Courage and climb closer to that playoff line with just three matches left.

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The Orlando Pride have little to no margin for error in the remainder of the schedule if the team is going to achieve its goal of making the playoffs in 2023. The Pride took a big step toward that goal with a 2-1 win over the North Carolina Courage on Sunday evening. The win included the fastest goal in Pride history, a red card — for the opponents this time — and another standout performance by Adriana.

We break down an exciting victory by the Pride that pushed the club from 10th in the standings to seventh and just one point out of a playoff spot with three matches left to play. We discussed the big moments, checked on our score predictions, and made our choices for Player of the Match.

We also talked about what is mathematically possible (albeit unlikely) in how the NWSL season can end in the most chaotic way possible — a six-way tie for first place that would see the Pride claim the Supporters’ Shield! OK, we did say it was unlikely. The Pride could still finish anywhere from first to last in the league, and with three games left, that’s absurd.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us questions about handballs and the Pride’s midfield. 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.

Without a Pride match next week, we touched on the United States Women’s National Team, which has a pair of friendlies coming up in the international window against a good South Africa side.


Here’s how Episode 24 went down:

0:15 – A look back at a huge win for the Pride over the North Carolina Courage.

30:27 – We’ve got mail! We answer our listeners’ questions and touch on the USWNT’s upcoming matches against South Africa.

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PawedCast Episode 376: Crew Rewind, OCB Clinches Playoff Spot, New York City FC Preview, and More

We’re joined by Andrew Leigh from Hudson River Blue to preview the Lions at NYCFC.

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There have been a lot of special moments already this season, but Orlando City’s three-goal rally from down 3-1 to up 4-3 at the death on Saturday night against the Columbus Crew may have been the game of the year in MLS. The Lions came roaring back behind Martin Ojeda, Facundo Torres, and Ramiro Enrique, who somehow found himself in the right place at the right time repeatedly against the Crew. We look back on the lineup changes, the big moments, and a crazy night that was reminiscent of “drunk OCB” at Exploria Stadium. We discuss the Lions who were honored for that performance, check back on our score predictions and make our selections for Man of the Match.

Following our look back at Saturday’s win, we welcome Andrew Leigh from Hudson River Blue to discuss Wednesday’s road game against New York City FC. The Lions haven’t always fared well on the baseball diamonds in the north, and Andrew was kind enough to give us an update on the state of the Pigeons.

After our chat with Andrew, we discussed Orlando City B’s playoff-clinching draw (followed by a shootout win) at Chicago Fire FC II. We honestly should have given this game more time but our Crew rewind and interview ran long (what else is new?), and the important thing is that the Young Lions are in the postseason.

We also looked into our mailbagbox, where we were asked about numerous things and we had an answer for all of them, including our three worst Orlando City moments. 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 at New York City FC, giving you our key matchups and score predictions for the midweek match.


Here’s how No. 376 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City’s massive comeback to down Columbus at the death.

34:09 – Andrew Leigh tells us all about New York City FC and playing on baseball fields.

59:05 – OCB in the MLS NEXT Pro playoffs, our mailbagbox, and our key matchups and predictions for the Lions’ trip to play NYCFC on Wednesday.

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PawedCast Episode 375: USMNT Talk, Columbus Crew Preview with Massive Report, and More

Collin Johnson of Massive Report joins us to help us preview the Columbus Crew at Orlando City SC.

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With no Orlando City match to recap, we turned our attention to the United States Men’s National Team’s performance in the recent international window. We aren’t as angst-ridden about the 3-0 and 4-0 wins over Uzbekistan and Oman, respectively, as many people are, but there is certainly room for improvement and it wasn’t the best two games from Sergino Dest or Christian Pulisic, but the Yanks still got their wins. Tougher tests await and hopefully the squad will be fully fit for the next window.

After that brief check-in with the USMNT — and please forgive our lack of recapping a somewhat meh 1-1 road draw by OCB at New England Revolution II and the Young Lions’ subsequent shootout loss — we welcomed Collin Johnson from Massive Report to the program to give us all of the information on Orlando City’s opponents tomorrow night, the Columbus Crew. Collin did a great job of getting us up to speed on all things Columbus, including how new players like Diego Rossi are fitting into Wilfried Nancy’s system.

Big apologies to our founders for not notifying you in advance of our guest for this show, but it wasn’t confirmed until we were within an hour of recording time, so it came together quite late.

After our chat with Collin, we looked into our mailbagbox, where we were asked to chronologically predict some suggested big evens in a possible MLS future. 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 looked ahead to OCB’s big match tonight on the road against Chicago Fire FC II, and, finally, previewed Orlando City vs. Columbus, complete with our key matchups and score predictions.


Here’s how No. 375 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City was off last weekend so we discussed the USMNT’s two matches in the international window.

11:28 – Collin Johnson from Massive Report jumps on and gives us a comprehensive overview of the Columbus Crew.

29:05 – Our mailbagbox, OCB’s impending game at Chicago, and our key matchups and predictions for Saturday’s date with the Crew.

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