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This week’s show starts with a little United States Men’s National Team talk as the Yanks visited Exploria Stadium with four Lions on the roster. Three of those Orlando City players got in the game on a night when the USMNT demolished the overmatched Soca Warriors. The U.S. is unbeaten and untied at Exploria, with the men and women each posting 4-0-0 records so far on Orlando City’s home grounds.
The big news out of Orlando City this week was Daryl Dike’s loan to Barnsley FC. We discuss what that short-term loan means for both Dike and the club, and where it leaves the current roster. Of course, without a season the loan is a moot point, so we also discuss the current status of the collective bargaining agreement talks between MLS and the MLSPA and how dumb a work stoppage would be for the league.
The Orlando Pride opened preseason camp on Monday and we break down the current roster and the recent trade that brought more quality to the midfield, even if it did cost Orlando original Pride player Kristen Edmonds. We take a look at various position groups and where a signing might be needed, and chat a little about the SheBelieves Cup call-ups.
This week’s mailbag had questions about what shows to binge watch, which 2020 Lion we’d replace in the starting lineup, and how Dike will fit in at Barnsley. 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. 231 went down:
0:15 - Poor Benji Michel missed a rare opportunity at a USMNT debut in his hometown on his club grounds. We sympathize, but it was a huge night for the Yanks overall. Also, Dike’s going away but not forever.
27:26- WoSo talk surpasses men’s soccer talk in total running time as we get into the latest Pride happenings prior to and with the opening of preseason training.
57:23 - Our mailbag is good again! Thanks for sending in questions.