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Orlando City laid an egg against the New York Red Bulls for the second time in two meetings this season. The Lions failed to convert a penalty and multiple other good chances, and allowed a late game-winner to lose at home for the first time this season. We walk through the game and pick our Man of the Match, discuss a key injury to Orlando’s back line and the loan of Matheus Aias. And we talk about the players coming and going to their national teams.
The Orlando Pride dropped their second straight in their worst performance of 2021 to date and hopefully that won’t snowball with Marta and Ali Riley joining Alex Morgan and Erin McLeod on Olympic duty. An injury to Ali Krieger doesn’t help things. We also have a new Pride defender in the fold.
The USWNT swept its two-game Send-Off Series against Mexico despite Alex Morgan not finding the net. Next up for the Yanks is a trip to Japan to try to remain world champions.
The Orlando City U-17 team finished its business by winning in the MLS NEXT Cup in penalties after a 0-0 draw in the final. Good job all around by the academy, but especially to the U-17s.
This week’s mailbag wants to know if Matheus Aias is a bust, but we don’t think so and we tell you why there’s no comparison here between Aias and Josue Colman. 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. 253 went down:
0:15 - Orlando City again can’t get it done against the New York Red Bulls, despite the available opportunities to do so.
40:14 - The Pride drop their second straight, a key injury and a signing, the USWNT, and the U-17 boys are champions!
1:01:55 - It’s mailbag time and we give you our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at the Chicago Fire.