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Now that we’ve all gotten over the shock that Orlando City isn’t going undefeated in 2019, it’s time to dissect the problems the Lions had against the Montreal Impact in Saturday’s 3-1 home loss. We break down the game and how individual errors were costly. It wasn’t the shape or the substitutions so much as just poor play that undid the Lions and perhaps Montreal being a pretty good team had some impact on the game (pardon the pun). Anyway, we’re back to having a unanimous Man of the Match choice.
We also talked about the Orlando Pride’s preseason roster update and touched on the team’s Media Day, albeit briefly and not in as much detail as we’d like. A battle with sciatic nerve pain this week has me on little sleep and listening back to the audio, I can definitely tell a difference in my energy levels, so...please bear with me.
We also touch on the Orlando SeaWolves’ split last week and the team’s playoff chances in its inaugural season, which gives us the perfect segue into this week’s guest interview. SeaWolves star forward Gordy Gurson drops by this week to talk about his team’s season so far, the remaining road toward the postseason, how former Lions have adjusted to the indoor game, and more. Gordy stands second in the league in goals (29) and third in points (46) entering this weekend’s play and it was good to catch up with him.
We had a light mailbag this week and afterward we touched on the USMNT’s friendly match against Ecuador tomorrow night at Orlando City Stadium (seriously people, buy a ticket and go if you want the national team to keep coming back to play more meaningful contests). We also gave our key match-ups and score predictions for the Lions at the New York Red Bulls this Saturday night. They won’t be accurate, so please don’t take our picks to Vegas and wager large sums of your hard-earned money.
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Here’s how show No. 154 worked out:
0:15 - Orlando City falls for the first time in 2019, why it wasn’t the fault of the formation, our MotM picks, the Pride’s preseason and upcoming match at North Carolina, and SeaWolves talk.
41:22 - Gordy Gurson stops by and he’s very impressed with Jonathan Mendoza’s ability to adapt to the indoor game. Plus, how a banged-up Orlando side can still reach the playoffs in its first ever season.
51:49 - Our mailbag is light but fun, the USMNT has a bunch of MLS forwards up top and a weird positional change that just might work, plus a look ahead to the Dread Bulls.