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Orlando City completed an incredible nine-point week after winning three times in seven days. The Lions went to Inter Miami’s house and won there for the first time en route to scooping up all three points for the third time in a week. Nani was again the catalyst, with an insane assist on Chris Mueller’s first goal of the season to pull Orlando level and then he scored a golazo to win it a few minutes later. It’s always nice to win a Tropic Thunder match but it’s even better to do it in their building. We recap the match action and make our Man of the Match selections.
The Orlando Pride weren’t as fortunate in their third game in a week, falling 2-1 at the Houston Dash on Sunday. That was due in part to tired legs and Ashlyn Harris’ miscue to set up the first Houston goal didn’t help. Harris has been excellent so it was weird to see an uncharacteristic mistake like that but everyone is human and we’re never more human than when we’re tired. The Pride remain in first place for the moment as we enter the Olympic window and say goodbye to the international players for over a month. We discuss the match and what the lineup might look like with four Pride players going to Japan for a bit.
This week’s mailbag had some questions about Orlando City’s warmups and about jerseys we’d buy if money was no object (but, sadly, money is indeed a significant object). If there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the 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. 252 went down:
0:15 - Orlando City finished a three-for-three week with a win over Inter Miami.
33:00 - The Pride taste defeat for the first time in the 2021 regular season and we bid goodbye to the Olympians. Plus, the U-17 team is doing some work.
52:57 - It’s mailbag time and we give you our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. the New York Red Bulls.