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Orlando City finally got that elusive first home win over the Chicago Fire. The Lions hadn’t beaten the Fire since 2015, when they did it twice, but I mean, come on. We’re talking about fire here and it’s hard for a mammal to defeat burning flames — even if that mammal is the king of the jungle. We break down a 4-1 win that felt a lot closer than that score would indicate, on a weird and wet night at Exploria Stadium. We’re once again unanimous on our Man of the Match selections, too.
We’ve also got updates on Matheus Aias and recent transfer news.
The Orlando Pride kicked off their 2020 schedule (finally) with a delightful 0-0 draw on the road against the North Carolina Courage. I’m not being the least bit sarcastic when I say the word ‘delightful,’ either. That’s a good result for a team that hadn’t played in almost a full year against an accomplished side. We touch on the scoreless draw and a good performance by the young fullbacks.
OCB had the weekend off unexpectedly after a positive COVID-19 test within the organization. The Young Lions will try to get back on track this Saturday morning at 11 a.m. against New England Revolution II, Electric Boogaloo. I might have added some words to the actual team name.
Then we bring on our special guests. Thad Bell of The Blue Testament and Ben Lyon from Big D Soccer stop by to give us some information about Orlando City’s two opponents this week — Sporting Kansas City and FC Dallas, respectively. Big thanks to both for giving us an overview of their teams and also for letting us know that other clubs’ fans are out there feeling good for Orlando City fans in 2020. It’s nice to hear.
There’s schedule news, as the Lions now know the remainder of their 2020 regular-season MLS schedule and we’re going to be seeing a lot of familiar faces the rest of the way. We break down the slate of games and who is missing from it. Then we go back into Pride mode for a few minutes because the Pride are back!
This week’s Ask Us Anything segment wants to know about movies, breweries, music, and actual soccer things. 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.
After the mailbag, we give you our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City’s match-up tonight at Sporting Kansas City and Sunday at FC Dallas.
That’s all for this week.
Stay safe and enjoy the show!
Here’s how show No. 215 went down:
0:15 - The Lions win a non-lopsided game over the Fire by a lopsided score line on a rainy Saturday in Orlando. We break it down, then talk some actual Pride soccer.
41:17 - Thad Bell gives us the Sporting Kansas City perspective ahead of a Wednesday night match-up between two teams near the top of their respective conferences.
54:56 - Ben Lyon provides the FC Dallas perspective and puts some respect on Oscar Pareja’s name.
1:07:05 - MLS schedule talk, more about the Pride, our mailbag, and our key match-ups and predictions for both SKC and Dallas.