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[Note: If you listen carefully, you’ll hear Dave’s cat meowing in this one. It’s always 110% professional here at The Mane Land.]
Orlando City is coming off a big 1-0 win over a New York Red Bulls team that has given the Lions a lot of problems over the club’s first two years in MLS. Servando Carrasco was the offensive hero in place of Cyle Larin, who tantalized us with two good opportunities but uncharacteristically didn’t finish either one. Credit Luis Robles for one of those. He’s good at soccer, too.
We’re here to break down the big victory, which saw the team shift into the fabled Jason Kreis 4-4-2 diamond formation for the first time in 2017. It mostly worked, although it’s still a work in progress. We’ll give you our picks for Man of the Match, which are both the same guy.
The Orlando Pride kick off their second season this Saturday at Portland, and here to talk about that and a whole lot of other things is rookie forward Danica Evans. She stopped by the PawedCast to give us the lowdown on how she developed her flip throw, transitioning from college to the NWSL, who she’s learning from on the team, which players she models her game after and much more.
We also discussed OCB’s 1-1 draw with the Charlotte Independence on Saturday in the final match of a three-game home stand. The young Lions will hit the road for their next three matches, including Friday’s stop in New Jersey to face defending champion New York Red Bulls II – the team that knocked OCB out of the playoffs in 2016.
All of that, plus we give you our key match-ups and predictions for Saturday’s game between Orlando City and the LA Galaxy.
Here’s how the magic unfolded:
0:13- Orlando City knocks off the New York Red Bulls, our Man of the Match picks, OCB picks up a point, and the Pride season is about to start!
33:19- Danica Evans hops aboard to talk about her journey from college into the pros, what she thinks of being teammates with Marta and Alex Morgan, and a lot more.
49:05- Our key match-ups and score predictions for the upcoming LA Galaxy tilt.
Stop by next week as we recap the Galaxy match and look ahead to a rematch with New York City FC!