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Orlando City did not have a good week and we’d quite frankly rather not talk about it. However, since that’s literally what we do, we didn’t have a lot of choice in the matter and instead ranted a bit about the effort shown by the Lions in a rivalry match on the road in Atlanta last Friday. We struggled to find a Man of the Match but in the end we came up with our picks, but only begrudgingly. There was also transfer news this week as David Loera went out on loan to Phoenix Rising FC in the USL Championship.
The Orlando Pride got off to another slow start but then jumped on Racing Louisville and with all three attacking stars — Sydney Leroux, Marta, and Alex Morgan — getting on the scoresheet, it was a night to remember for the club’s NWSL team. We would happily take a few more three-goal games from the Pride, who haven’t exactly lit up the scoreboard in 2021. That said, the Pride are in an excellent spot with five matches left to play. Let’s see if Becky Burleigh can get the team over the finish line while remaining above the playoff line.
The USWNT called up Morgan, and hopefully the Stars & Stripes will return her in better condition this time than they did after the Olympics.
This week’s mailbag asked about some Ted Lasso stuff, whether our listeners jinxed Mason Stajduhar, and unsung heroes for the Lions and the Pride. 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. CF Montreal and for Sunday’s trip to take on the Philadelphia Union.
That’s all for this week.
Stay safe and enjoy the show!
Here’s how No. 263 went down:
0:15 - Orlando City was bad on Friday but the Lions also didn’t look particularly excited in a rivalry match-up against Atlanta. It showed on the scoreboard.
25:24 - The Pride sent Louisville back home with no points and you love to see it.
43:02 - We answer our listener mail and give our predictions for the Lions vs. Montreal and Orlando City at Philly.