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PawedCast Episode 178: Revs Rewind, Houston Preview, Pride-Courage, Alex Morgan, and More

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A draw that needed to be a win and an own-goal hat trick are things we didn’t want to have to discuss this week.

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Deon Cooper, The Mane Land

I don’t know how many times we’ve talked about a result not being what Orlando City fans wanted or what the team needed this season, but it’s happened a lot. Way too much, in fact. And that was never more true than Saturday’s 3-3 draw against New England. A win would have vaulted Orlando into contender status. Instead, the Lions are treading water and hoping for not only a unicorn-like winning streak but also help from other teams.

We break down what happened against the Revolution and choose our picks for Man of the Match and really, is it even a choice?

The OCB minute is at least as painful as usual and maybe more so considering how the team lost this week. But the Young Lions didn’t get pantsed like the Pride did in North Carolina. We’ve got no choice but to push through these topics. To make matter worse for the Pride, Alex Morgan has been shut down for the final few matches of the season due to her nagging knee injury, which has cost her several NWSL and a few USWNT matches over the weeks since the World Cup ended.

We dip into our listener mail, and, of course, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for the Lions vs. the Houston Dynamo this Saturday night.

If there’s something you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.


Here’s how show No. 178 went down:

0:15 - The Lions had an awful start but came within a post of coming all the way back to win. Moral victories don’t mean much this late in the season but they’re better than no victories at all. The OCB minute is sad, as usual, but this week there’s a surprise ending.

25:18 - The Pride continued their free fall this week and Alex Morgan is on the shelf. Has she played her last game for Orlando?

46:43 - Listener mail and our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at Houston.