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Orlando City and the Orlando Pride were off this past week but both the U.S. men and women were in action, which meant Orlando players Daryl Dike and Alex Morgan were on the pitch. And, both scored! We talk a little about Dike’s performance in the U.S. Men’s National Team’s friendly against Costa Rica and the USWNT’s Summer Series so far. That last game was a mixed bag for Pride players, as Konya Plummer conceded a penalty but Morgan got back on the score sheet.
Plus, we talk a little about Orlando City’s newest Homegrown Player signing, Thomas Williams. He’s an intriguing defensive prospect at 6-foot-4 and just 16 years old.
Alicia Rodriguez, who writes for Center Line Soccer (among several other sites), joined us to preview the upcoming match next Tuesday against the San Jose Earthquakes. We figured the Lions just played Toronto a couple of games ago, so the Reds are still fresh in our minds and the biggest changes are that Jozy Altidore is in the doghouse and Yeferson Soteldo (whose name I can’t quite master) is on international duty.
This week’s mailbag was a little light but it probably would have been meatier had Dave Rohe or I been able to catch more of the Euro or Copa America. Then we jumped into our key match-ups and score predictions for both the “road” game against Toronto and next week’s home match vs. San Jose.
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That’s all for this week.
Stay safe and enjoy the show!
Here’s how show No. 250 went down:
0:15 - The USMNT had little trouble with Costa Rica and Daryl Dike was involved throughout the match, scoring his first national team goal. Plus, a new Homegrown Lion.
14:15 - Alicia Rodriguez gives us the full story on what’s going on with the Earthquakes of San Jose.
29:06 - The USWNT in the Summer Series, the next couple of Pride opponents, our mailbag, and OCSC prediction time.