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PawedCast Episode 331: Tigres and Charlotte Rewinds, Philly Preview, Messiah Bright Interview, Orlando Pride, OCB, and More



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Our new website is taking shape, our paperwork with SBN has been filed, and soon we’ll be an independent site and podcast. You guys made that happen through our GoFundMe crowdfunding efforts and we can’t thank you enough. We previously intended to keep that open until April 1 for those still waiting for payday or on the fence about contributing, but we think that might need to get cut a few days short of that so we have time to ensure the Founders section we’re building for the new site is ready to go when the site domain is transferred to us so we can go live with no hiccups.

This week, we caught up on our list of thank-you shout-outs to everyone who contributed through 9 p.m. Wednesday before diving into our Orlando City, Pride, and OCB news.

Orlando City drew Tigres last midweek but in this case a draw was a loss, as the Mexican side got the all-important road goal in a 1-1 stalemate and advanced in the Concacaf Champions League. The Lions proved they belonged and were never bested but the tiebreaker setup did not shine on Orlando. Ercan Kara scored Orlando’s first Champions League goal and no one who saw it will ever forget it. The team fought hard and it was a solid first outing in the competition against a former champion and perennial favorite. We broke the match down and named our Man of the Match — that second part was easy.

The Lions, unfortunately, did not take that good performance into Saturday. Orlando City played poorly in the first half and couldn’t recover from it after halftime. Martin Ojeda finally scored his first MLS goal but the Lions had little to celebrate other than that in a 2-1 loss at home to a Charlotte team that had been exceedingly poor to start the year. Still, we had to throw in some analysis and our picks for Man of the Match and we did our duty.

Orlando Pride rookie Messiah Bright scored a brace in the NWSL side’s final preseason match. That, along with a blast from Kerry Abello, allowed the Pride to come from 2-0 down against the Washington Spirit and win, 3-2. The Pride finished 5-0-0 this preseason.

Bright joins us this week as our special guest and talks about that brace helping her build confidence. It sounds like the Pride are a confident bunch and the rookie forward talked about playing for Seb Hines, whether he actually ever gets angry, and her adjustment from college soccer to the professional ranks. Big thanks to Messiah for coming on the show.

We discussed the Pride’s new “Highway Woman” primary kit — which is great — and the story behind it. Whether the team is good this season or not, Orlando will once again be on point in the uniform game. The Pride have a difficult opening day, traveling to Portland to face the defending champion Thorns. It should make for a good early test to see how Orlando stacks up against the league’s best.

We also briefly touched on the OCB roster that dropped this week. Some familiar names are back, some are gone, and there are some new faces — some of whom have yet to arrive — this season. The Young Lions kick off their 2023 MLS NEXT Pro season Sunday in Philadelphia.

This week’s mailbagbox asked for some predictions on Orlando City’s real-life finish vs. AFC Richmond’s fictional one, how we fell in love with the beautiful game, and more. 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 looked ahead to Saturday night’s game at Philadelphia, complete with our key match-ups and predictions for what might happen against the Union.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!

Here’s how No. 331 went down:

0:15 – The Lions were knocked out of Champions League despite never losing, but then they lost against what has been a pretty meek opponent to this point in the MLS season.

35:06 – Messiah Bright stops by! The Pride rookie was a delight to talk to and we look forward to seeing her on the pitch based on all the things she said in our interview.

51:54 – Pride and OCB news, our mailbagbox, and our key match-ups and predictions.


SkoPurp Soccer Episode 47: San Diego Rewind, Courage Preview, and More

The Pride remain unbeaten despite their winning streak snapping in San Diego, and a trip to North Carolina looms next.



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The Orlando Pride played without Adriana and Rafaelle and got only a half out of Marta and Barbra Banda, but still managed to bring home a hard-fought road point after a 1-1 draw against the Wave in San Diego. The Pride remain unbeaten in Southern California and on the 2024 season thanks to an acrobatic goal from Julie Doyle. We break down the match, check back on our score predictions (one of us nailed it), and made our selections for Player of the Match.

Banda and Emily Sams made the NWSL Team of the Month for May, and the Pride’s Zambian striker was also the league’s Player of the Month. Both are well-deserved honors for Banda, and it’s nice to see Sams recognized for her outstanding efforts.

Our mailbagbox this week asked us about the Pride’s unsung hero, Sophia Smith’s silly sending off, Anna Moorhouse’s performance Friday night, 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.

Finally, the Pride will visit the North Carolina Courage on Saturday. The Pride blasted the Courage the first time the teams met, but North Carolina has a perfect home record in 2024, so Orlando will have to be better than it was in San Diego. We hit you with our preview, key matchups, and score predictions for this week’s game.

Here’s how Episode 47 went down:

0:15 – The Pride didn’t win for the first time in a while, but still got a good road result. Plus, some Orlando players gained league recognition.

17:34 The mailbagbox gives us a chance to provide much-needed answers to our listeners’ most penetrating questions.

35:58 – The Pride head to North Carolina to take on the Courage.

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PawedCast Episode 425: OCB vs. Carolina Core, USMNT, LAFC Preview, and More

The Lions were off while the Young Lions played with their food. Plus, USMNT talk and an LAFC preview.



Image courtesy of Orlando City B / Mark Thor

Orlando City’s MLS side was off for the international break over the weekend, so we begin this week’s show (the only one this week due to the schedule) with an extended breakdown of Orlando City B’s comeback draw against Carolina Core FC. The Young Lions started poorly, fought back to tie the match, appeared to take the lead late, had multiple red cards shown to the bench at the end of normal time, and then won the extra point in the postgame penalty shootout.

Games like this are what made us coin the term “drunk OCB,” because unexpected things happen. In fact, each team scored on a penalty in regulation. When you factor in the multi-goal comeback, the waved-off winner, the red cards to people not even on the pitch, and the wacky shootout in which four consecutive players failed to score at one point, it was a crazy match.

After our recap, we discussed the summer fates of some of Orlando City’s internationals. The club’s Uruguayans aren’t needed for Copa America, while starting center back David Brekalo is off to the Euros to play for Slovenia.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us about Orlando City’s shape and which summer international tournament we’re looking forward to most. 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 touched on the USMNT’s beatdown at home against Colombia. The final score was ugly, and it could have been uglier, but it also could have been much better. It was a weird game.

Finally, we prepare you for Orlando City’s home match Saturday against LAFC, a team the Lions have never beaten. Is this the year? Well, LAFC is quite good and the Lions have not been able to score goals, and that’s not a recipe for success. We provide our key matchups and score predictions.

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Here’s how No. 425 went down:

0:15 – The Young Lions were comically bad to start the game but showed a great deal of grit to climb back into the match and take two of a possible three points from Carolina Core.

20:33 – Our mailbagbox is fairly short and sweet this week.

31:28 – The USMNT’s bad day and a preview of the LAFC match.

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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 46: Grace Chanda Signs, San Diego Preview, and More

The Pride add another Zambian attacker, Orlando heads to San Diego, and more.



Image courtesy of Orlando Pride / Mark Thor

The Orlando Pride were off this week, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t something significant to discuss. The club announced the signing of Zambian international attacking midfielder Grace Chanda last week, and we break down the signing, what it means for the Pride, and (perhaps more importantly) what it might mean for star striker Barbra Banda. Could she be even more effective with her Zambia teammate playing alongside her? We’ll see!

Speaking of Pride internationals, Brazil’s first match of the international window was a showcase for Orlando players Marta, Adriana, and Rafaelle. All were factors in a win over Jamaica, and it’s great that they’re finding form that they could bring back to Orlando with them.

Pride rookie Ally Lemos started for the U-20 USWNT over the weekend but things didn’t go quite as well against South Korea as they did for the senior team.

Our mailbagbox this week asked us about the quality of the NWSL and the rules surrounding international players. 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’s home game against the Kansas City Current in September had a change in game times and streaming platform, and it will now be on Prime Video at 8 p.m. on Sept. 13.

Finally, the Pride head to San Diego to face the Wave late Friday night. We’re staying up for it, and we know you are too. The Wave have a talented squad and, despite their slow start, Seb Hines’ club has to be on point to keep things rolling. We present our key matchups in the contest and our final score predictions.

Here’s how Episode 46 went down:

0:15 – The Pride add an attacking piece that could make Barbra Banda even better.

14:02 The mailbagbox is light, but we answer with the usual gusto.

24:35 – A schedule change and our preview of Friday’s match at San Diego.

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