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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 6: Spirit and Gotham Rewinds, Washington Preview, and More

Let’s talk about the Pride’s best performance of the year so far, even if it didn’t result in a win.

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The Orlando Pride took a brief pause from earning points in NWSL play to completely rotate the lineup and get smacked down 4-2 at Washington in the Challenge Cup one week ago. That wasn’t as fun as seeing Tori Hansen (not Taylor, even though I had a senior moment and called her that) score a wicked cool backheel goal or Summer Yates sending Ally Watt in for a second Pride goal. Most of the moments in between were far less fun. We discuss the match and the lineup and select our Player of the Match.

But wait! There’s more! The Pride also returned to league play on Sunday at Gotham FC and even though the final score of 0-0 doesn’t necessarily inspire oodles of confidence (if you happened to miss the game), Orlando actually played its best and most complete match of the season. Those pesky goals sometimes don’t happen, but if the Pride can stay at that level — a level that limited Gotham to one shot on target, which didn’t arrive until the 84th minute — then Seb Hines has his team on the right track.

We broke down the second match as well, and once again selected our Player of the Match.

Once again, we had both an empty mailbagbox and empty hearts because of it. 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 match-ups and score predictions for the Pride’s rematch this Saturday at home against the Washington Spirit.


Here’s how Episode 6 went down:

0:15 – The Pride stayed winless in the Challenge Cup (0-1-1) but maintained their current unbeaten streak in league play (2-0-1).

16:42 – Our empty mailbagbox allowed us to go into our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday’s rematch game against the Washington Spirit.

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PawedCast Episode 377: NYCFC Rewind, Inter Miami Preview, and More

A look back at a forgettable game and a look ahead at one the fans have been waiting for.

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As special and memorable as Saturday’s win over the Columbus Crew was, Wednesday’s match at New York City FC was the polar opposite. The Lions played one of their most forgettable games of the season in a lethargic 2-0 loss on the road. The Pigeons played well, so give them credit, but that was not the Orlando City we’re used to seeing. The Lions lacked ideas, urgency, energy, and — perhaps most of all — the ability/desire to track attacking players defensively.

The Lions simply were unworthy of bringing three points home from New York City during the midweek.

That said, the team’s body of work on the season was rewarded with the Lions’ fourth postseason berth in as many years. We break down a game we didn’t want to talk much about, check back on our score predictions, and make our unanimous pick for Man of the Match.

After that chore, we checked our mailbagbox, where we were asked about Orlando City’s biggest rival. 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 will close the regular season with a home match, looking to secure fifth in the Eastern Conference when FC Cincinnati 2 visits Kissimmee on Sunday afternoon.

Finally, we previewed Orlando City vs. Inter Miami, discussing our key matchups and score predictions and voicing some concerns that the NYCFC loss doesn’t turn into two.


Here’s how No. 377 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City and Ramiro Enrique went from high to low in just three days.

20:47 – Our mailbagbox and Orlando City B’s task in the regular-season finale.

34:29 – Our key matchups and score predictions for Inter Miami’s visit on Sunday.

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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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