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PawedCast Episode 313: Orlando Pride Rewinds, USMNT and New York City FC Preview, and More

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Orlando City was off for the international break and, of course, OCB’s season is over. However, the Orlando Pride were in action twice since our last show, but much of that action was bad. The Pride were crushed by the North Carolina Courage and then blew a two-goal lead on Sunday against San Diego Wave FC in a 2-2 draw. This Pride team has an awful habit of refusing to win late in the season ever since the club’s inaugural season, with only the playoff year of 2017 seeing any wins in the final four or five matches (or longer). Orlando has just one shot left at forging a new future and ending the season on a win but that won’t be easy as the Pride head northwest to face OL Reign, a team they’ve never beaten on the road before.

The United States Men’s National Team played its final two pre-World Cup friendlies over the past several days and neither one was terribly inspiring. The Yanks were down a few key players but whether they have the full roster for Qatar or not, they must play better or it will be a short stay in the competition. No goals in two games isn’t ideal and the team struggled against the press, moved the ball far too slowly, and simply seemed bereft of ideas or urgency over these two matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia. Gregg Berhalter has a lot of work to do and that won’t start until November as players return to their clubs now.

This week’s mailbag asked us about the UEFA Nations League, which players would make a good soccer equivalent to football’s Manning brothers in the broadcast booth, whether it’s panic time for USMNT fans, and what we can expect from Gaston Gonzalez next year. 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 previewed Orlando City’s trip north to take on New York City FC, including our key match-ups and score predictions for Sunday.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!


Here’s how No. 313 went down:

0:15 – The Pride are who we thought they were, but for a while they weren’t. It’s confusing and maddening all at the same time. Oh, and the USMNT? Also bad.

25:24 – The mailbagbox is open and we’re giving answers like they’re Halloween candy.

44:23 – Key match-up and score prediction time!

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 52: New Contracts, Courage Summer Cup Preview, and More

The Pride lock up a couple more young players through at least 2025 and have a tough road opener in the Summer Cup.

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We open this week’s show with a discussion of the Orlando Pride signing two young players to new contracts through the 2025 season with option years for 2026. Rookie Cori Dyke and second-year pro Summer Yates have earned new deals and the Pride didn’t want to waste time getting them to stick around for a bit longer. We discuss both players’ accomplishments in 2024, and of course we recorded the night before Orlando signed Viviana Villacorta to a similar new deal. Haley Carter is doing all of the business!

Our mailbagbox asked about the NWSL Best XI for the month of June, Marta’s highlights, National Team Replacement Players, 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.

The Pride now head to North Carolina to face a difficult Courage side in the NWSL x Liga MX Femenil Summer Cup, and we have no idea what to expect. Will Seb Hines play his best available lineup with more than half of his starters unavailable? Will he give opportunities to young players to see how they respond to getting competitive minutes? Will it be a combination? There are a lot of variables and we’re not even tempted to try to figure out how to identify the key matchups or predict the score.


Here’s how Episode 52 went down:

0:15 – The Pride signed Cori Dyke and Summer Yates to new deals and we love seeing the club invest in its young players.

15:52 The mailbagbox is interested in June’s NWSL Best XI and other topics.

38:35 – It’s hard to predict Orlando’s Summer Cup opener at North Carolina due to a number of missing Orlando starters on international duty.

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PawedCast Episode 433: Revolution Rewind, Nashville Preview, and More

The Lions finally got a road win in New England and now head to Nashville for a midweek clash.

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Orlando City pulled it off! The Lions went to Massachusetts and came home with all three points at the expense of the New England Revolution. We don’t much care that Carles Gil didn’t play or that the Revs had a lot of injuries. What we mainly care about is getting a damn win finally at Gillette Stadium. Facundo Torres is red hot and we’re here for it. It is also helpful that Duncan McGuire’s replacement scored a goal. These are things we support.

We break down the Lions’ 3-1 win over the Revolution, look back at our score predictions, and make our picks for Man of the Match. It was, as you might expect, unanimous.

OCB was at home this weekend, but the Young Lions only fared 2/3 as well as the senior side. After falling behind Inter Miami II in the second half, Wilfredo Rivera lifted the Young Lions to another home draw, which is less good than a win, but more good than a loss. At least the prospects had the good sense to keep a clean sheet in the postgame penalty shootout, winning it 2-0 to claim the extra point. We discuss a team that isn’t quite as interesting this year, but is still hanging around the playoff line.

This week’s mailbagbox asks about Designated Player replacements, Orlando City trivia, and more. 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.

Finally, we looked ahead at the trip to Tennessee to face Hany Mukhtar and Nashville SC. The team from Music City is battling for a playoff spot in 2024, thanks in part to goal contributions by Mukhtar and the improvement of Sam Surridge (who, now that I think about it, I might have called “Sturridge”). I hope I didn’t, but now I’m not sure. Sure, I could go back and listen to see if I did, but honestly, who has the time? We discuss the match on Wednesday with our preview, our key matchups, and our score predictions.

Be sure to rate and review our show wherever you get your podcasts. Remember, we’ll read any five-star reviews we get on Apple Podcasts on the next show.


Here’s how No. 433 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City finally won in Foxborough. It’s as amazing as we’d always dreamed it would be.

30:07 – The mailbagbox asks us about Designated Players and stuff.

43:10 – Our key matchups and predictions for a trip to face Nashville at Geodis Park.

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PawedCast Episode 432: New England Preview, OCB Set to Host Inter Miami II, and More

The Lions search for their elusive first win ever at Gillette Stadium.

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Orlando City has a tall task ahead if the Lions are going to turn back-to-back wins into a three-game winning streak. As you’ve probably heard by now (many times), Orlando has never won away at Gillette Stadium, and in fact has only drawn a couple of times, so the big Kraft Single in Foxborough has been a house of horrors for the Lions. That run of poor results has to end some time, even if the Law of Averages has taken a sabbatical to this point. Will this be the year for Orlando to get a victory in Massachussetts? Maybe. Maybe not.

Before we get to our preview of Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution, we discussed what Oscar Pareja might and/or should do with his lineup with Duncan McGuire off to play in the Olympics — and, let’s face it, maybe off to a new team afterwards. There are options, but there’s not really a like-for-like without Big Dunc.

OCB will host Inter Miami II on Sunday and the Young Lions need a home win and a victory over their southern rivals. It’s been an up-and-down season for Orlando City B, and we dip a little deeper into the matchup than we normally do.

Gregg Berhalter is out as U.S. Men’s National Team head coach. We discuss a couple of the candidates and what the team’s needs are from whoever takes Berhalter’s place. We also offer to head up the search committee, but it’s going to cost you, U.S. Soccer Federation!

This week’s mailbagbox asks about improvement in Orlando City’s squad. 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.

Finally, we looked ahead at the trip north to face the New England Revolution. Carles Gil has been banged up, but could he feature on Saturday? The Revs are better with him, but in general New England doesn’t have a preferred lineup when facing the Lions at Gillette Stadium. We offer up a preview, our key matchups, and our score predictions.

Be sure to rate and review our show wherever you get your podcasts. Remember, we’ll read any five-star reviews we get on Apple Podcasts on the next show.


Here’s how No. 432 went down:

0:15 – What should the Lions do with Duncan off to Paris, OCB needs a win, and Berhalter officially out.

32:00 – A small but mighty offering from the mailbagbox.

41:52 – Our key matchups and predictions for a trip to Gillette Stadium.

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