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PawedCast Episode 316: Montreal Rewind, Our Annual Stays/Goes Predictions for Both Lions and Pride, and More

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Orlando City‘s season is over. The Lions were unceremoniously dumped by a team from a city where they call goals “buts” and they put mayonnaise on their cheeseburgers — on purpose! Orlando may have fallen to CF Montreal but that was a game that could have gone either way and it illustrates the importance of winning enough in the regular season to host games in the postseason. We break down the Lions’ 2-0 loss to the Clubfoots and make our selections for Man of the Match. We also check in on our predictions to see how well we prognosticated the outcome.

After a little discussion about the season and the knee-jerk reactions some folks had to the bitter finality of the 2022 campaign, we reflect on how things went pretty well this year, all things considered, and how it sets up 2023.

After that, we embark on our annual “stays or goes” predictions for both Orlando City and the Orlando Pride. If you’re not familiar with this, it’s what we do after every season, going through the roster, touching on each player’s contract status (as best we can, in some cases), and trying to predict which players will be back and which ones won’t (and sometimes opining a bit about it).

This week’s mailbag asked us about other teams and sports we follow, whether Oscar Pareja’s job is in jeopardy, and which front office personnel we’d swap out if we could. We’re not sure really how to answer that last one but we gave it a go anyway. 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.

Programming note: We’ll be taking next week off to recharge our batteries a bit, unless some news breaks that we feel we must address without waiting a week. That could take many forms, but it might just be the end-of-season contract decisions, the hiring of an Orlando Pride coach, or something of that nature. But we really hope we’re going to be off next week!

Stay safe and enjoy the show!


Here’s how No. 316 went down:

0:15 – The season is over and everything is bad forever, or at least until it becomes good again. Our thoughts on the CF Montreal match, how it unfolded, and on the 2022 Orlando City season in general.

32:49 – It’s time for our annual walk through the Orlando City and Pride rosters to try to figure out which players will stay and which ones will be gone when opening day arrives in 2023. There’s a lot less guesswork involved when you have the actual contract durations, but there are no guarantees!

1:29:35 – The mailbag has a little bit of a defeatist tone overall this week but we’re more than capable of meeting it with a stiff upper lip.

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PawedCast Episode 435: NYCFC Rewind, Montreal Preview, OCB-NYRBII, and More

The Lions continue struggling to pick up all three points at home, but the unbeaten run continues.

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Orlando City had its winning streak snapped, but the Lions are unbeaten in five after a hard-fought 1-1 draw at home against New York City FC. Ramiro Enrique kept his goal-scoring streak alive, which is vital with Duncan McGuire in France being an Olympian and all.

We break down a defensive battle that took the Lions a while to figure out, look back at our score predictions, and make our selections for Man of the Match.

This week’s mailbagbox asks about the rules of the game, squad rotation for Leagues Cup, Ivan Angulo’s season, 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.

After the mailbagbox, we discussed OCB’s road draw at New York Red Bulls II (by the same 1-1 score) and another postgame penalty shootout loss. We also looked at the U.S. Olympic schedule coming up this week for Duncan McGuire and the U-23 USMNT.

Finally, we looked ahead to Saturday’s Leagues Cup opener for Orlando City. CF Montreal comes to town Friday night and there’s no telling what might happen in terms of lineups used, tactical approaches, etc. We do our best to look ahead.

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Here’s how No. 435 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City loses a winning streak but continues an unbeaten run.

19:53 – The mailbagbox has some good (and difficult) queries this week.

35:46 – OCB notches a 1-1 draw of its own, the U.S. Olympic schedule is about to begin, and we preview CF Montreal in the Leagues Cup.

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PawedCast Episode 434: Nashville Rewind, Orlando City News, NYCFC Preview, and More

The Lions completed a two-game road sweep, but a revenge match looms Saturday vs. NYCFC.

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Orlando City kept several streaks going Wednesday night as the Lions beat Nashville SC 3-0 on the road. It was the team’s fourth consecutive win, the third straight road victory, the seventh game in a row in which the team scored multiple goals (a club record), and the fourth consecutive shutout victory against Nashville. That’s a lot of streaking! Ramiro Enrique even kept up his goal-scoring streak, running it to three matches with an absolute banger.

We spent some time breaking down the Lions’ latest win in Music City (that’s three straight wins there and five consecutive results in Tennessee in the regular season). We discussed the critical plays and players, looked back at our score predictions, and made our selections for Man of the Match (we were split this week).

There was player news to discuss as well, with Dagur Dan Thorhallsson signing a new contract to extend his stay in the City Beautiful. This was a good move by Orlando City, and we talked about why.

This week’s mailbagbox asks about liquids and international clubs coming to the U.S. to play. 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.

After the mailbagbox, we shared some breaking news — well…it was breaking at the time we discussed it — as Benji Michel was reportedly headed to Real Salt Lake per Tom Bogert. It’ll be good to have Benji stateside again.

Finally, we looked ahead to Saturday’s rematch between the Lions and New York City FC. The Pigeons have been a bit of a pain over the years, especially on their baseball diamond, but Orlando City has home history on its side on this one. With NYCFC’s road record and Orlando’s home record both being poor, it’s anyone’s guess how this will go. In fact, it’s our guess, because we included our key matchups and score predictions with our preview.

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Here’s how No. 434 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City kept the shutout magic going against the team from Tennessee.

20:30 – The mailbagbox has some good (and difficult) queries this week.

30:50 – Breaking Benji Michel news and our key matchups and predictions for a home rematch against the Pigeons.

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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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