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It’s hard to believe we’ve recorded 200 of these things since we started back in 2014, but it’s true. We wanted to have a special show for No. 200 and boy did things work out. Not only do we get to talk about the return (finally) of Major League Soccer with some actual details, but we also managed to line up a couple of excellent interviews.
First up, we break down the MLS is Back Tournament, which will be held right here in Orlando. All 26 Major League Soccer teams are converging on the City Beautiful to restart the 2020 season, with three group stage matches counting toward the eventual regular season, which we now know will resume in some fashion following the tournament. Dave and I discuss all the details. We also talk about the Orlando Pride’s brand new White Plume road kits — what went right and what went wrong? Finally, OCB will return as USL League One announced its intention to return to play on July 18. Details are still to come.
Oh, that’s right. The interviews! Dave and I spoke with Oscar Pareja Tuesday evening — before the MLS is Back details emerged — about his approach and philosophy entering the upcoming tournament in Orlando and many other topics. We also got Amanda Duffy on the horn to discuss the NWSL Challenge Cup, the challenges she’s faced since joining the Pride, and her thoughts on improving the Pride.
Of course we answered our listener mail. 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.
Last, but not least, we broke down our thoughts on the next two movies in our Marvel Cinematic Universe rewatch — Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Both movies rated highly for both of us and we add them to our overall rankings through the first two phases of “The Infinity Saga.”
Stay safe and enjoy the show.
Here’s how show our supersized No. 200 extravaganza went down:
0:15 - MLS is Back! It’ll start out in tournament form here in Orlando but then we’ll have more regular season. Plus: new Pride road kits, the USSF repeals the kneeling ban, and the return of OCB.
50:18 - Oscar Pareja weighs in on the pandemic layoff, the upcoming tournament, and the Black Lives Matter movement
1:10:39 - Amanda Duffy joins in to talk about the NWSL Challenge Cup, putting together a top notch Orlando Pride side, the difficulties of having a team full of international stars, and more.
1:39:27 - Listener mail and the Marvel Cinematic Universe rewatch continues with some quality films.