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SkoPurp Soccer Episode 51: Kansas City Current Rewind, Listener Mail, and More

The Pride win the battle of the unbeatens to take pole position in the NWSL ahead of the break in league play.

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If people were skeptical about the Orlando Pride before Saturday night, they are probably believers now. The Pride went into a sold-out CPKC Stadium in Kansas City, struck first, withstood the answer from the hosts, lost a player to a second yellow card, and then outplayed the Current the rest of the way to take over the top spot in the NWSL. The Pride beat Kansas City in its own fortress with one player tied behind their backs after Carrie Lawrence’s sending off late in the first half. What we learned from the rest of the game is that Orlando is a team that can deal with adversity.

We break down a tense match that lifted Orlando into first place at the Olympic break, check back on our score predictions, and select our pick for Player of the Match. We also discuss the unlikely talking point of celebration and what constitutes too much of it. If you can’t go crazy after a match like that, there’s no such thing as a regular-season game you can celebrate.

Salt? Salt.

Our mailbagbox was chock full after Orlando’s win in Kansas City, including queries about fouls, celebrations, that Kerry Abello commercial, 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 are off this weekend and won’t have another league match for weeks, but the Summer Cup competition between the NWSL and Liga MX Femenil teams ramps up toward the end of the month. We look forward to seeing what those lineups look like and whether Orlando can ride its momentum through the Summer Cup and out the other side while some of the team’s stars are playing in the Olympics in France.


Here’s how Episode 51 went down:

0:15 – The Pride only had 10 players for more than half the game but still finished with twice as many goals as the mighty Current. That was cool.

33:24 The mailbagbox is busting at the seams this week after Orlando won the battle of the last two undefeated teams in the NWSL.

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PawedCast Episode 432: New England Preview, OCB Set to Host Inter Miami II, and More

The Lions search for their elusive first win ever at Gillette Stadium.

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Orlando City has a tall task ahead if the Lions are going to turn back-to-back wins into a three-game winning streak. As you’ve probably heard by now (many times), Orlando has never won away at Gillette Stadium, and in fact has only drawn a couple of times, so the big Kraft Single in Foxborough has been a house of horrors for the Lions. That run of poor results has to end some time, even if the Law of Averages has taken a sabbatical to this point. Will this be the year for Orlando to get a victory in Massachussetts? Maybe. Maybe not.

Before we get to our preview of Saturday’s match against the New England Revolution, we discussed what Oscar Pareja might and/or should do with his lineup with Duncan McGuire off to play in the Olympics — and, let’s face it, maybe off to a new team afterwards. There are options, but there’s not really a like-for-like without Big Dunc.

OCB will host Inter Miami II on Sunday and the Young Lions need a home win and a victory over their southern rivals. It’s been an up-and-down season for Orlando City B, and we dip a little deeper into the matchup than we normally do.

Gregg Berhalter is out as U.S. Men’s National Team head coach. We discuss a couple of the candidates and what the team’s needs are from whoever takes Berhalter’s place. We also offer to head up the search committee, but it’s going to cost you, U.S. Soccer Federation!

This week’s mailbagbox asks about improvement in Orlando City’s squad. 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.

Finally, we looked ahead at the trip north to face the New England Revolution. Carles Gil has been banged up, but could he feature on Saturday? The Revs are better with him, but in general New England doesn’t have a preferred lineup when facing the Lions at Gillette Stadium. We offer up a preview, our key matchups, and our score predictions.

Be sure to rate and review our show wherever you get your podcasts. Remember, we’ll read any five-star reviews we get on Apple Podcasts on the next show.


Here’s how No. 432 went down:

0:15 – What should the Lions do with Duncan off to Paris, OCB needs a win, and Berhalter officially out.

32:00 – A small but mighty offering from the mailbagbox.

41:52 – Our key matchups and predictions for a trip to Gillette Stadium.

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PawedCast Episode 431: D.C. United Rewind, Orlando City News, and OCB-Carolina Core

The Lions romped at home and the Young Lions…didn’t.

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The Lions finally won back-to-back games in 2024 and they did it in a big way. Half a season’s worth of frustration was taken out on poor D.C. United as Orlando City ran rampant to a 5-0 win that — not even a little bit hyperbolic — could have been worse for the visitors. United went down a player in first-half stoppage time, but by then the damage had been done, as Orlando leapt out to a 3-0 lead. That doesn’t even count the offside goals that didn’t count. (Because those don’t count.)

We break down Saturday’s unexpected offensive explosion, check back on our score predictions, and make our selections for Man of the Match. There were many good candidates from which to choose!

Two of the Lions made the MLS Team of the Matchday, but it could have been more. We also discussed Duncan McGuire’s call-up to the U.S. Olympic team and how the Lions will miss his presence in the upcoming matches against New England and Nashville (and possibly beyond).

In other news, Kaká became the club’s first inductee in the Legacy Terrace. It was a great ceremony with lots of special guests, and the first OCSC captain in the team’s MLS era was a deserving recipient of the honor.

This week’s mailbagbox is interested in how we celebrate, military-themed movies, 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.

Finally, we looked back at an OCB match that didn’t quite complete the weekend trifecta. The Young Lions and Carolina Core FC played a back-and-forth first half, with Orlando City B grabbing the lead just before the break. But OCB did not show particularly well in the second half, leading to a 2-1 home loss.

Be sure to rate and review our show wherever you get your podcasts. Remember, we’ll read any five-star reviews we get on Apple Podcasts on the next show.


Here’s how No. 431 went down:

0:15 – The Lions flat out wiped the field with D.C. United, which was unexpected…but also delightful. We break it down!

31:05 – Our mailbagbox asks us questions that few people would dare to ponder, and yet, we give our honest responses.

\52:26 – Orlando City B did not maintain the high standards set by the Lions or the Pride this weekend, but hey, we watched.

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PawedCast Episode 430: Toronto Rewind, D.C. Preview, USMNT Out of Copa America, and More

The Lions are brining home three points, the USMNT is going home, and D.C. United visits Saturday.

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The Lions went north of the border without backup goalkeeper Javier Otero and fell behind early, but Orlando City came back before halftime and held on for a crucial road victory against a struggling Toronto FC side. We discussed why Otero wasn’t with the team and the necessity of signing Carlos Mercado to a short-term contract.

It was good to get back in the win column, and to see good contributions from Designated Players Facundo Torres and Martin Ojeda, while the strikers struggled in this one. We break down the victory in Canada, look back at our score predictions, and make our selections for Man of the Match.

We also discussed OCB’s upcoming match at home against Carolina.

This week’s mailbagbox is interested in our opinions on whether Oscar Pareja’s seat is hot and whether it should be. 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 looked back at the USMNT’s exit from Copa America and the insanity surrounding the match referee for the loss to Uruguay. We also talked about a couple of big names who could be offered Gregg Berhalter’s job.

Kaká will be honored Saturday by Orlando City, becoming the first player immortalized in the team’s Legends Terrace. We banter about why this is good and who else might join him (eventually).

Finally, we previewed Orlando City’s looming home game against D.C. United, offering up our key matchups and making our score predictions.

Be sure to rate and review our show wherever you get your podcasts. Remember, we’ll read any five-star reviews we get on Apple Podcasts on the next show.


Here’s how No. 430 went down:

0:15 – The Lions played a good first half (after the fifth minute) but didn’t do much in the second, and OCB prepares for Carolina.

22:59 – Our mailbagbox segment and the USMNT crashes out of the Copa America.

44:54 – Orlando City will honor Kaká Saturday and our preview of D.C. United’s visit.

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