The Orlando Pride must have enjoyed that win in San Diego, because they went and did it again on Saturday. This time the victim was winless Racing Louisville, and we’re happy to break down a victory for the second week in a row.
The Pride also signed forward Julie Doyle to a new contract and we discuss what that means for the club and for Doyle, and it’s a bummer we won’t see her on the pitch for a while longer.
After Dave helpfully reminded me that we hadn’t given out our selections for Player of the Match, we rectified that situation quickly.
Jason Anderson of Pro Soccer Wire joined us to help us preview the Pride’s Challenge Cup match tonight at Washington. Jason’s been following the Spirit for a long time and we appreciate him dropping the knowledge on us.
With an empty mailbagbox, we were a little empty inside, but at least it made for a shorter podcast. 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.
Finally, we gave our key matchups and score predictions for the Pride’s trips to Washington and Gotham.
Here’s how Episode 5 went down:
0:15 – The Pride make it two wins in a row and then lock down Julie Doyle for another year in purple.
13:30 – Jason Anderson jumps on with us to give us the scoop on the Spirit.
30:37 – Our empty mailbagbox allowed us to get straight to our key match-ups and score predictions for both the Washington Spirit match and the game at Gotham FC.
PawedCast Episode 379: Orlando City and OCB News, Montreal Preview, and More
OCSC-related bits and bites from the news this week and our look ahead at the CF Montreal match.
Without a match to recap since our last show, we turned our attention to several news bites that have come out since Monday. We started with the news that Ajax is “monitoring” Orlando City winger Facundo Torres. Hey, they’re not the only ones. Plenty of teams are keeping an eye on the young Uruguayan, and boy if he ever develops a right foot to go with his left, he’ll get snatched up quickly. The bottom line is that Orlando City brought Torres in with selling him later in mind. That was the goal, so if it happens, it’ll be mission accomplished, even though we’ll miss those pretend selfies after El Cuervo’s goals. As with all the Lions, enjoy them while they’re here. Sports careers are fleeting, let alone the parts of those careers spent with one team.
We also had plenty of OCB news to discuss, including the Young Lions’ trip to Columbus to play Crew 2 this Sunday in the first round of the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro playoffs. The Crew chose OCB as their opponents, so it would be nice for the Young Lions to make the Ohio-based side pay for that decision. We also talked about “Big Jack” Lynn, who was named to the MLS NEXT Pro Best XI this week after winning a three-way share of the league’s Golden Boot. We’re rock guys who enjoy AC/DC, so we think “Big Jack” is a solid nickname for the young striker. What do you think?
An OCB defender is on his way to Brazil with the U-17 USMNT to play the host nation twice in friendly competition during the upcoming camp. We hope it’s a great experience and that the U.S. brings home a pair of dubs.
We also looked in on former Lions Alexandre Pato and Sebas Mendez and discussed their recent trophy with Sao Paulo.
Our mailbagbox featured questions about parenthood, the Orlando City rivalry with Inter Miami, 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.
Finally, we looked ahead to Saturday’s matchup with CF Montreal at Exploria Stadium, providing our key matchups and our score predictions for the Lions’ penultimate home match of the 2023 regular season.
Here’s how No. 379 went down:
0:15 – A smattering of news from Orlando City and OCB, as well as a trophy for two former Lions.
20:14 – Our mailbagbox has some great questions this time out and we predict what will happen Saturday vs. Montreal.
SkoPurp Soccer Episode 25: Viviana Villacorta’s Injury, the USWNT, NWSL Expansion, Angel City Preview, and More
Bad news for a Pride midfielder, the USWNT gets the sweep, a new team in Boston, and our Angel City predictions.
Sadly, the season has come to an end prematurely for one Pride midfielder. Orlando’s Viviana Villacorta will miss the rest of 2023 with a torn ACL. This is the third season to end early for her due to injury and you have to feel for a young player who blossomed quite a bit this season. We discuss Villacorta’s injury and what it means for the Pride.
With no Pride match to recap, we touched on the United States Women’s National Team and its sweep of South Africa in a pair of friendlies without allowing a goal. We also waxed nostalgiac about the retirements of Julie Ertz and Megan Rapinoe, who have been icons with the squad during an extremely successful period.
This week’s mailbagbox asked us questions about Carrie Lawrence and Adriana. 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.
Following our mailbagbox activities, we turned our attention to a new NWSL team coming to Boston in 2026, the impending free agents on the Orlando Pride, and our key matchups and score predictions for the Pride’s trip to play Angel City FC.
Here’s how Episode 25 went down:
0:15 – Viviana Villacorta’s season again ends early due to injury and the USWNT racks up two more shutout victories.
16:18 – Our mailbagbox questions are still fresh a week later!
33:50 – Boston gets an expansion franchise, the Pride’s free agents, and a look ahead at Angel City.
PawedCast Episode 378: Inter Miami Rewind, OCB Wins on Decision Day, Jack Lynn’s Golden Boot Chase, and More
The Lions draw the Herons at home hours after OCB’s Jack Lynn secures a share of the MLS NEXT Pro Golden Boot.
Orlando City didn’t have to face Inter Miami’s “big three” of Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets, and Jordi Alba, but still fell behind and had to have a Duncan McGuire cannon shot to rescue a point at home. It wasn’t that the Lions played poorly per se, it was just that they struggled to put chances away, which can happen during the season. Miami did the same a time or two, and ultimately both teams looked like tired groups that were playing on short rest again. (They were.)
On this episode, we break down Orlando City’s 1-1 draw, with the curious and gutless officiating that once again helped the Herons keep 11 men on the pitch — something Tomas Aviles was determined to prevent in his 45 minutes of wearing the ugly, pink uniform on Sunday night. We also make our selections for Man of the Match (we were unanimous), and tell you which Lion made the MLS Team of the Matchday.
After our opening segment, we check our mailbagbox, only to find it surprisingly empty. 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.
OCB closed its MLS NEXT Pro regular season with a 2-1 win at home over FC Cincinnati. We discuss the Young Lions’ victory and dive into Jack Lynn’s wild pursuit of the league’s Golden Boot. He ended up getting it, but some odd things happened to keep him from having to share it with two other players.
Here’s how No. 378 went down:
0:15 – Orlando City didn’t win against Inter Miami, but the Lions also didn’t lose.
20:47 – Our mailbagbox is empty, and we discuss OCB’s win on Decision Day and Jack Lynn’s pursuit of the Golden Boot.
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