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Orlando City lost in two different competitions and in two very different ways over the past week, with a meek U.S. Open Cup exit and a hard-fought (and at least partially ruined) road loss in Columbus. We break down both games and give our Man of the Match picks for them as well. We also discuss the penalty kick decision that turned around the game late in the Crew’s favor (which, since we recorded on Monday night, has been admitted as an error by PRO).
We also talk about Justin Meram trade rumors and his notable absence in the 18 the last few games. There was no guest this week, although I ran outside and yelled Silviu Petrescu’s name a few times to no avail. I figured that was more effort than he put into reviewing the penalty he called on RJ Allen.
Anyway...then we turn our attention to the Orlando Pride’s latest draw against the Seattle Reign and, wouldn’t you know it, more discussion of officiating. This is less about one call than an extremely lopsided foul total over the last few matches — just an obscene discrepancy over the past three games. The Tournament of Nations is coming up and we touched on that as well.
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Here’s how show No. 135 unfolded:
0:12- There were two losses and both were depressing in their own way. Plus PRO gonna PRO and #MeramWatch.
42:35- The Pride and Reign have drawn five straight times. We discuss the latest one, get angry with Jill Ellis (a little), and superhero movies came up in our weekly mailbag.
1:11:36- We look ahead to Thursday’s meeting with NYCFC and Sunday’s trip to LA with our key match-ups and final score predictions, which are sure to come back and embarrass us later.