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Orlando City is all done with the preseason and the games now count. The Lions dispatched the Loons from Minnesota United in the final preseason scrimmage and signed draft pick Rio Hope-Gund last week and now it’s time to prepare for Atlanta United on opening day this Saturday. That Daryl Dike dude keeps on scoring and I tried to do contract math about it.
To help us prepare for the 2021 Major League Soccer season — Orlando City’s seventh in the league — we welcome the Beefy Swede himself to the show! Robin Jansson joins us to discuss the team’s preparation for the season, how the new guys are fitting in, the team’s expectations for 2021, and more. One thing Jansson hopes to see (that we also would like to see) is him scoring more bangers.
The Orlando Pride started their NWSL Challenge Cup campaign over the weekend and ended up drawing at Racing Louisville. It was a draw that felt like a loss after the Pride grabbed the lead in the 88th minute, only to concede in stoppage time. But Racing Louisville should have been down a player by that time, and we explain why as we break down the whole game. Orlando will face
Batman NJ/NY Gotham FC tonight at the stadium.
We also talked about the USWNT’s trip to Sweden and France and Alex Morgan’s contributions to the team’s success. And the Orlando City U-23s got a big win last week as well.
This week’s mailbag wants to know who Orlando’s supervillains are, underrated and overrated players, and how Orlando City will spend. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on 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. 241 went down:
0:15 - Orlando City beat the Loons on a goal by new boy Silvester van der Water, Pato keeps scoring preseason goals, and Daryl Dike keeps scoring them in England. Plus, money for Kaká!
27:57 - Robin Jansson jumps on with us to tell us about the Lions’ preseason preparation and discusses some of what we’ve not been able to see behind closed doors.
45:02 - The Pride’s young players are scoring goals, the team earned a point on the road in the rain, and Alex Morgan is scoring national team goals again. Plus, our mailbag and we give our key match-ups for Orlando City-Atlanta United, along with our always hilariously wrong score predictions.