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PawedCast Episode 85: Toronto and Houston Rewind, Orlando Pride, and Simon Veness Interview

We talked to Simon Veness about his upcoming Orlando City book entitled “Defying Expectations,” plus a recap of last week’s games, a preview of Sporting Kansas City, and more.

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MLS: Orlando City SC at Toronto FC Gerry Angus-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando City may not have won either of its games last week but we’re still feeling pretty OK about the season overall. We break down a “good” loss and a “throw-away” loss and give you our Man of the Match picks for both games. We’re more bullish on the Pride after a road draw against FC Kansas City that came soooo close to being a win. We also discuss Tommy Redding’s call-up to the U-20 national team for the FIFA U-20 World Cup and the World Cup qualifier that Orlando City Stadium will host.

We’ve got a bit of a different kind of guest this week as mlssoccer.com writer Simon Veness joins us to tell us just what prompted him to write a book about Orlando City SC. He talks about his introduction to supporting his favorite soccer team and just how many hours of interviews his better half transcribed in the writing of “Defying Expectations,” as well as how you can get it.

After a brief tangent to discuss beer and how we Americans like to celebrate other countries’ holidays, we’ve got your key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday’s match-up between Orlando City and Sporting Kansas City.


Here’s how the show unfolded:

0:12- Orlando City fell twice on the road last week, but we’re not bent out of shape over it and we’ll tell you why. Plus, the Pride, Redding to the U-20 World Cup, USMNT coming to Orlando, and more.

47:43- Simon Veness hops aboard to discuss his upcoming book, what he learned while writing it, Phil and Kay Rawlins’ place in Orlando sports history, and more.

1:11:09- Our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. Sporting Kansas City.

We’ll be back next week as we recap OCSC-SKC and look ahead to two more games in a busy part of the Orlando City schedule, plus Pride-North Carolina, OCB-Cincinnati, and much more.