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Orlando City made it six straight against rival Atlanta United without a loss (3-0-3) on Friday night, with an emotional come-from-behind victory in Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar’s MLS debut. Silvester van der Water came off the bench to spark the comeback and the Lions forced Josef Martinez to make sad faces on national television, which is always a good thing. We break down the match and give you our Man of the Match selection, which is unanimous.
The Orlando Pride looked much more organized under interim coach Becky Burleigh in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at the North Carolina Courage. Sydney Leroux had the goal and the team played well at times, although there still are some things to iron out to get the Pride playing as they did in the season’s opening weeks. We dive into that match as well as the players’ postgame comments, which were very telling.
We may be used to the United States Men’s National Team disappointing us while the USWNT gets results, but those roles were reversed over the past few days. We look back at the USMNT’s Gold Cup final victory over Mexico and what it means for the program moving forward. Then we look at how the USWNT flamed out of gold medal contention at the Olympics.
The Florida Cup returned to Orlando this past week and I give a brief overview of the proceedings from last Wednesday. It was kind of weird being back in Orlando City’s old home for the first time in five years.
This week’s mailbag wants to know about our all-time Orlando City XI, places to visit in Cincinnati, Concacaf’s choice of stadiums, and more. 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.
We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Inter Miami tonight and FC Cincinnati on Saturday.
That’s all for this week.
Stay safe and enjoy the show!
Here’s how No. 257 went down:
0:15 - Orlando City got the dub and it wasn’t easy. The Lions showed resiliency and van der Water was the catalyst the team needed.
38:01 - The Orlando Pride took a step in the right direction in Becky Burleigh’s debut, but what did those postgame comments really mean? Plus, the USMNT and USWNT might be going in opposite directions, and the Florida Cup was fun (again).
1:15:03 - Our mailbag, and prediction time for Orlando City against Miami and at Cincinnati.