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Orlando City finished the regular season this past week with a pair of home contests. Overall, the Lions played well in both but Wednesday’s match against the Columbus Crew took an awful turn just after halftime when Nani was sent off — erroneously according to the unanimous decision of the Independent Review Panel — with a red card in the 52nd minute. That turned out to not matter because Mauricio Pereyra and Benji Michel called game.
Sunday’s Decision Day match was going quite well until the 88th minute when the ceiling caved in, leaving Orlando with its first home loss of 2020 and stuck a serious doubt dagger into the Lions as they head into their first ever postseason.
Dave Rohe and I break down both games and all of the important talking points. We discuss the ridiculous red card shown to Nani, the Lions’ problems defending late, the loss of Pedro Gallese and Sebas Mendez for the team’s first playoff game, the schedule for that game, and pick our Man of the Match for each of the two contests.
The Concacaf Champions League is coming to Exploria Stadium in December, as the international tournament will go into its own bubble, playing behind closed doors.
We also talk about Alex Morgan’s long-awaited first game back from her extended maternity leave, and the Orlando Pride’s protected and unprotected players for Thursday’s NWSL Expansion Draft.
Our mailbag wants us to change allegiances in the EPL this week. We don’t wanna! If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.
There’s no match to preview this week as the Lions are off until Nov. 21, when New York City FC comes to town for the Lions’ first MLS playoff game. How appropriate is it that Orlando’s first ever MLS opponent is also the team’s first postseason opponent? Pretty, pretty, pretty appropriate!
That’s all for this week.
Stay safe and enjoy the show!
Here’s how show No. 222 went down:
0:15 - The Lions split their two games this week but Dave and I are unanimous with both of our Man of the Match selections.
51:12 - Pride/NWSL news, a mailbag for Anglophiles, some ranting and raving about MLS vs. the FIFA international window.