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As we move through December, there’s still plenty of soccer news to discuss, and we start this show with a discussion of Chris Mueller’s outstanding USMNT debut against El Salvador last week. Cash showed he belonged in the discussion to be in the player pool and that his first big moment wasn’t too big for him. We also discuss the MLS Expansion Draft and Orlando City losing defender Kamal Miller, who then got swapped to Montreal for a bunch of Garber Bucks and a first-round draft pick.
The Concacaf Champions League is back underway and now it’s at Exploria Stadium, so we talked about the first two quarterfinal matches that took place Tuesday night, Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar’s short loan spell with New York City FC, and NYFC’s new habit of getting knocked out of competitions while in the city of Orlando.
The Florida Cup is still on for 2021 but the dates will change. We’ll keep you up to date when new dates are available. Orlando City has a new eMLS player for 2021. Do we care? Well, Dave and I don’t really pay much attention to that kind of thing but if you’re into that, well, now you’ve got a new champion. We give our kudos to OCSC for being among the Class of 2020 for the Best Employers in Sports, too, plus OCB and Orlando Pride players have gotten national team call-ups.
Our mailbag is overflowing this week, and we get into the news about the SuperDraft details that were released Tuesday. We also discuss Kevin Molino’s availability now that he’s leaving Minnesota, plus some questions about the Pride, podcasting, and even college football. 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.
That’s all for this week.
Stay safe and enjoy the show!
Here’s how show No. 227 went down:
0:15 - The Money Badger is having himself a year, and now USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter has to put him on speed dial. Also, we’ll miss Kamal Miller now that he’s off to Montreal.
27:28 - Lots of miscellaneous news, including Florida Cup, a new eMLS player for Orlando, call-ups, and more.
48:55 - The mailbag has us going off on several tangents. Please forgive us.