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PawedCast Episode 254: Chicago Rewind, Pride-Louisville, Toronto FC Preview, and More

Lions and Pride are both in a bit of a skid right now as July rolls on.

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Orlando City is on a losing streak. This awful feeling that you have is something that you thought went away after Oscar Pareja’s arrival, but here we are after multiple losses for the Lions and a date with a rejuvenated Toronto FC looming on Saturday. Orlando went to Chicago and failed miserably to take its chances, allowing the hosts to hang around and ultimately win the game going away, 3-1. We break it down and give our Man of the Match picks.

We also discuss the potential signing of a new left back that wasn’t officially announced but was reported with such details so as to be basically unofficially announced while we were recording the podcast. (Welcome, Emmanuel Mas!) And nobody wants to think about a sale of Chris Mueller but he’s being sought by some Belgian clubs. We get into the tricky nature of Mueller’s contract situation and what Orlando can do to maximize the situation.

The Orlando Pride played their worst match of the season on the heels of consecutive losses but somehow didn’t lose. Sydney Leroux’s goal at the death lifted Orlando to a home draw against Racing Louisville over the weekend and Marc Skinner’s club has a difficult July to navigate if the Pride are going to not only stay in the hunt for a regular-season title, but also just to remain in the playoff race. A new signing since our last show might help with that.

International soccer continues to be a big topic this summer and the Concacaf Gold Cup is in full swing. Not only are the U.S. men in action but there are other international matches being played right here in Orlando. We talk about what’s happened so far and why you should go see some Group C games at Exploria Stadium even if you don’t have any skin in the game.

This week’s mailbag wants to know about Derek Dodson’s loan and whether Yoshimar Yotun could return. 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 No. 254 went down:

0:15 - Orlando City struggles to find the net and we’ve got some transfer talk (and only some of it was outdated by the time we finished recording).

28:00 - The Pride find a way to avoid a home defeat against Louisville and add an attacking player.

55:26 - It’s mailbag time and we give you our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City against Toronto FC...wherever they’re playing.