This week we bid adios to Christian Higuita. Reports are he is headed back to Columbia and we are going to miss him. We are also going to miss Dom Dwyer, if the rumors are true. There is talk that he might be traded to Minnesota to reunite with Adrian Heath, and we debate whether that is a good thing or bad thing for Orlando City.
Plus, we discuss the new NWSL allocation money rules that freeze out USWNT players and debut a new segment where we give the history, lyrics and proper execution of a Supporters chant each week.
This week on Orlando Derby we give some love to the UCF Men’s Soccer program, which has risen to #6 in the rankings. We recap their season and take a look ahead at their post-season chances. We also try very hard to get excited about the news that Orlando City may have found its coach. We are not successful.
We also take a look back at the MLS Playoffs and prepare for the MLS Cup, which will be coming along any time now. Plus, we run down the list of the most valuable franchises in MLS, as well as take a peak at the MLS off-season schedule.
This week we welcomed on special guest Austin David of Orlando Soccer Show and the Orlando Seawolves, Orlando’s indoor soccer franchise. He gave us his thoughts on covering Orlando City this season as well as the MLS Playoffs. He works with the Seawolves and was here to answer all our questions about the club.
We also enjoyed the company of our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness. He gave his unique insight to the Playoffs, La Liga’s plan to play a regulation match in the US and the continued stories of racism and protest that are affecting soccer across the pond.
This week was a somber episode for us as we say good-bye to James O’Connor. Doc compares the Orlando City coaching search to a mother burning through step-dads, while Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, finally feels cleansed as we move into another off-season before the playoff start.
The Four Minute Monologue from our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness, returns this week as he lays out the road map for the Lions heading into 2020. He and Doc also talk a little Premier League and discuss the dark cloud of racism hanging over soccer across the pond.
We apologize for being a few days late with this episode, but it is just as well. We needed the time to come to terms with a fourth coaching change in fire years for Orlando City.
Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, had a catharsis live on-air, as Doc tried to remain positive in spite of his disappointment at James O’Conner being unceremoniously drummed out of the corps. Our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness, remained even-keeled as always and talked the boys off the ledge.
We also welcomed on special guest Stoge Stevens to discuss the in-fighting among Lions fans as the season came to a more disastrous end than even the most pessimistic supporter thought possible.
This week was a somber affair on Orlando Derby. Doc and Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, bury the Lions’ 2019 season and then spend the rest of the show debating which players need to be kept and which ones should hire a realtor. Plus, our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness, replaced his weekly Four Minute Monologue with a Four Minute Eulogy.
While Doc is choosing to be delusional and cling to the slimest of hopes that Orlando City can make the playoffs, Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, and our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness are living in the real world. The three of them recap the vomit-inducing performance of the Lions in Houston, and Simon transforms his Four Minute Monologue into a Four Minute Epilogue.
The lack of good things to talk about for the Lions means room for other topics on the show this week. The crew discusses why Christian Pulisic is not getting minutes, Megan Rapinoe winning FIFA’s The Best award and a Jamaican soccer team getting struck by lightning on the pitch!
We will also talk about why in the blue hell anyone other than Liverpool and Manchester City fans should bother watching a match this season, as well as offer counselling sessions to the poor fans of Watford.
Once again Orlando City faced a “must win” match at home that technically was not a true must-win game mathematically. Once again the Lions drew, leaving Supporters frustrated that the club continues to dangle the slim possibility of a playoff run without actually making one. It has Doc ambivalent and Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, confused.
Luckily, our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness, devoted this week’s Four Minute Monologue to detailing why City fans should not give up hope on this season. In the words of Andy Dufresne, hope is a good thing, perhaps the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.
In addition to breaking down the Revolution draw and the playoff chances for the Lions, we also talk a little Zlatan, who once again backed up his trash-talking with a hat trick. Plus, Simon gives his take on the huge upset of Manchester City by Premier-League newcomers Norwich City.
Feelings are split here at Orlando Derby in the wake of Orlando City losing another two points at home by not being able to hold a lead. Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, is ready to throw in the towel, chase referees with a pitchfork and burn down anything that gets in his way. Doc refuses to give up on the season until the Lions are mathematically eliminated. Fortunately, we have our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness, to talk some sense into each of them.
We will also try to parse what we can from the USMNT getting destroyed by Mexico in a friendly. For example…Josh Sargent, time to pump the breaks? We will also say adios to the Orlando Pride’s season and spend some time bagging on MLS for their ridiculous digging in against the Timbers supporters’ groups over anti-fascism flags.
The heartbreak felt by Orlando City Supporters this season is now palpable after another gutting loss in a huge home match. Doc is trying very hard to stay positive, but it is not easy given that Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, is ready to light the entire damned city on fire he is so livid. As usual, our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness, provides the voice of reason.
We also spend some time talking about non-City soccer stuff. For example, Bolton FC is going to fold beecause they spent all their money and ended up being relegated. Would it be a savvy investment for us to try to crowdfund a takeover? Also, where will Neymar play next season?