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Orlando City is in a bit of a scoring drought but the defense has been stout so at least the Lions are able to get something even when held without a goal. The draw against Miami isn’t what the Lions or their fans wanted, especially in a match that saw the team awarded a penalty, but the return of El Pulpo and a strong match from the back line helped secure a point in a scoreless draw at home on Saturday. We break down the game and make our Man of the Match selections.
The Pride, however, went on the road and rebounded nicely from their loss against the Spirit, beating NJ/NY Gotham FC 1-0 at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Erika Tymrak was the offensive hero and once again Ashlyn Harris did everything you could possibly ask from your goalkeeper. Not only did Harris pick up the clean sheet, but she also walked off the field with the league’s all-time career saves record. Becky Burleigh has the team playing hard even if the Pride — like the Lions — aren’t putting many shots in the net.
We then turned our attention to Saturday night’s Orlando City match-up against the Columbus Crew. To help us do that, we spoke with Orri Benatar from Massive Report, who helped us understand what’s been going on in Central Ohio with the defending MLS Cup champs and we’re all saddened at Kevin Molino facing yet another torn ACL. Big thanks to Orri for stopping by, especially since he had basically 20 minutes notice because I suck at lining up guests in advance.
After a little bit of MLS All-Star Game discussion, we jumped into this week’s mailbag, which asked about Orlando City’s best XI and the epic way Manchester United swooped in to steal Cristiano Ronaldo from archrival Man City. 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 Orlando City vs. the Columbus Crew.
That’s all for this week.
Stay safe and enjoy the show!
Here’s how No. 261 went down:
0:15 - Orlando City ran its unbeaten streak to six matches and the Pride got back in the win column in an important road contest.
41:50 - Orri Benatar jumps in to give us the lowdown on the Columbus Crew, who have dealt with a similar rash of injuries and call-ups to what Orlando has dealt with in 2021.
1:03:44 - All-Star festivities, some listener mail, and our predictions for the Lions and the Crew.