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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 31: Orlando Pride Off-Season Moves

The Pride have been quietly locking players down across multiple position groups this off-season.

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Our off-season schedule continues as we reconvene for a December episode and there was more to talk about this time around. The Pride have been busy since our last show and the pattern has started to clarify what the 2024 squad will look like, as well as some of the position groups beyond the next NWSL campaign.

The discussion begins at the back as we talk about the Pride adding one goalkeeper before subtracting another, bringing that position group into focus for the season ahead (and probably beyond). We welcome Sofia Manner in from Finland and say goodbye to the departing Carly Nelson, who is returning to her native Utah.

After the goalkeeper talk, we discussed whether the Orlando Pride overachieved under Seb Hines in 2023. Did Hines get more out of his squad than we should have expected? Did he get the perfect amount? Or did he not quite get as much as the roster had to offer?

Our mailbagbox, asked us about the Pride as a holiday song, what the new midfield signings mean, and about what Haley Carter has brought to the club. 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.

After we answer the mail, we turn our attention to the back line. Orlando has been busily signing the 2023 starting back four to new deals, with three of the four now under contract through 2026, while Rafaelle is under contract through 2025. It’s clear that the club likes this group and it’s putting its money on it. If they can become even more cohesive in 2024, it’ll be a move that pays off.

Finally we turn our attention toward that midfield question from the mailbagbox. The Pride have added a pair of Brazilian internationals to the central midfield and it appears the majority of the roster is now signed through either 2025 or 2026, meaning there should be some continuity across the next couple of seasons. Angelina and Luana, meanwhile, could vastly improve the Pride’s central midfield and they should assimilate quickly since they’re used to playing between defender Rafaelle and attackers Adriana and Marta. They could help spring Orlando’s faster forwards and may also assist with helping the Pride’s fullbacks work the ball up the field with fewer turnovers.


Here’s how Episode 31 went down:

0:15 – The Orlando Pride goalkeeper position seems set for 2024, but who will win the starting job remains to be seen.

17:18 The mailbagbox is the lifeblood of the show. Thanks for the questions!

24:06 – The Pride’s back line has no anxiety whatsoever about contracts for the next couple of years and the midfield has added even more Brazilian ingredients to the roster.

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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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Image courtesy of Orlando City SC / Mark Thor

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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