In this week’s edition of Orlando Derby we welcome back Simon Veness, our program’s Soccer Sherpa. Simon, Doc and Charles discuss the rumored latest addition to the Orlando City Lions, center back Lamine Sané, as well as the lofty expectations for the Orlando Pride. Simon and his wife Susan also share a great story from their book,Defying Expectations: Phil Rawlins and the Orlando City Soccer Story, about Dom Dwyer and Phil Rawlins. Be sure to check out their book signing next Monday at The Lion’s Pride Pub on Church Street next Monday from 5-8pm!
Our Soccer Sherpa, Simon Veness, and his wife Susan are having a book signing party for their tome Defying Expectations: Phil Rawlins and the Orlando City Soccer Story. It will be at the Lion’s Pride Pub on Church Street from 5-8pm on Monday, February 26. Come join us for fun night and pick up a copy of this must-read for any Orlando soccer fan!
In our latest episode (Monday, 2/12), we review the latest Orlando City preseason moves, debate the future of US Soccer after electing a new president and the Iron Lion Firm officially inducts Doc into their ranks.
Questions abound in the latest edition of Orlando Derby. Our resident Soccer Sherpa, Simon Veness, gives us the answers to inquiries about how the MLS manages to constantly shoot themselves in the foot, what effect China might have on the MLS and why Kaka might be heading over there.
Then Charles (Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch) cracks open a six-pack of Haterade to let us know why we should be hating on the other clubs across the state.
Intro Segment: Are the MLS Playoffs Worth Watching?
The second legs of the MLS Conference Finals are this week. We recap the stories behind the first legs, both on and off the pitch.
If anyone has a reason why they would start one match before the other is over, we would love to hear it.
Segment Two: Will Kaka Heading to China Cost All of the Tea?
Kaka is reportedly in talks with Chinese Super League side Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng. We discuss his move to the other side of the world, and discuss whether China’s deep pockets will have any effect on the ability of MLS to sign star players in the twilight of their careers.
Segment Three: Who Should Doc Adopt As His EPL Team?
Our regular listeners know that Charles is full of hate. It is part of his charm. For our last segment this week, we turn the reins over to him so he can try to convince Simon and Doc that they should develop an irrational hatred of the other soccer clubs in Florida.
Orlando City has yet to spend a lot of air time on the Premier League, so this week we make up for it with the insight of our Soccer Sherpa, Simon Veness. We also spend some time trying to guide Doc toward picking the right EPL team for him to adopt. Throw in a little MLS Playoff talk and you have this week’s episode.
Intro Segment: Will Manchester City Fall Back to Earth?
With just over a quarter of the season in the books, Simon Veness (Orlando Derby’s Soccer Sherpa) provides his unique insight into the early-season dominance of Man City, which teams can possibly give them a fight and which squads in the basement are most likely to avoid relegation.
Segment Two: MLS Playoffs and Screw the Crew Owner
The MLS Conference Semifinals begin tomorrow, so we predict the finals match-up and talk to listeners about their take on who will win it all. Also, Doc tried in vein to get Charles to have some empathy for Columbus Crew fans and root for them to give their supporters a title on their way out the door.
Segment Three: Who Should Doc Adopt As His EPL Team?
Doc is still a fledgling soccer fan when it comes to squads other than Orlando City and the US National Teams. Since following a league is always much more fun when one has a vested interest in a particular team, Doc has asked the listeners and crew of Orlando Derby to help him decide which team is the best fit for him as a fan.
Orlando Derby runs the gambit on this week’s episode. We recap the final World Cup qualifying matches, talk college soccer with UCF Women’s Coach Tiffany Sahadak and give our thoughts on who stayed and who was jettisoned in the Great Orlando City Purge of 2017. The last topic also lead us into a discussion of fan/athlete altercations, including another Manchester United related kick to the face of a fan.
Intro Segment: Rome is Burning
USA 🇺🇸: “Our missing the World Cup is a huge blow to the growth of the sport here.”
Netherlands 🇳🇱: “Our missing the World Cup is a huge blow to the whole tournament.”
UCF Women’s Soccer Coach Tiffany Sahadak joined us to review their season and she gave us her thoughts on the “Hand of Goddess” that ended their championship hopes and had fans up in arms. Does this look like a handball to you?
Segment Three: The Orlando City Purge and Fan/Athlete Altercatons
Orlando City sacked half their squad this week. After another incredibly disappointing season, fans do not seem to upset with the victims of The Purge. We review the list of who stays and who is history, which then spawned a discussion on fan/athlete altercations.
It was a melancholy edition of Orlando Derby tonight. While we had fun talking about the UCF men’s and women’s teams making the post-season and recapping the Orlando City friendly with Puerto Rico on Saturday, our main story tonight was the passing of Joseph Campo and his impact on Orlando City supporters. If you can, please donate to the GoFundMe campaign for those he left behind.
Doc and Charles discuss Kaka’s last match in purple, the UCF men’s and women’s teams advancing to the post-season and pay tribute to Joesph Campo.
Segment Two: Fuerza Puerto Rico and Supporter Traditions
Orlando Derby recalls their favorite moments from the final match of the year for Orlando City, which gives way to a discussion about the pre-game traditions of both The Ruckus and the Iron Lion Firm.
Segment Three: MLS Playoffs
The MLS playoffs are down to the Final Four. Can the Columbus Crew give their fans a championship before the club owner dumps all over them by moving the team to Austin?
Joseph Campo was taken way too soon from his friends, his family, his partner and his son. The mark he left on so many will be carried forever by those whose lives he touched. Let’s help his family in their time of need.
The funds raised will go to Joe’s parents to take care of funeral expenses and his child Tony.
Our fifth episode features Doc and Charles previewing Kaka’s last game in purple coming up on Saturday to benefit Puerto Rican relief and a discussion Cyle Larin’s stock price as he declares he is ready to play in Europe.
We also had UCF Men’s Soccer Coach Scott Calabrese in-studio to talk about his team’s recent run of victories and their chances of winning the American Athletic Conference tournament to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships.
Then we dig into the future of US Soccer and the college game in the wake of the USMNT missing the World Cup and ask him what it was like to coach Joe Bendik in college.
Finally, we welcomed on Dr. Carlos Colon to provide some perspective on what Saturday’s upcoming friendly between Orlando City and the Puerto Rican National Team means to both Orlando and Puerto Rico.
Intro Segment: Kaka’s Last Hurrah and Larin’s European Adventure
Doc and Charles preview Kaka’s last game in purple coming up on Saturday to benefit Puerto Rican relief and discuss Cyle Larin’s stock price as he declares he is ready to play in Europe.
Segment 2: UCF Men’s Soccer Coach Scott Calabrese Joins Us In-Studio!
UCF Men’s Soccer Coach Scott Calabrese joins Orlando Derby to talk about his team’s recent run of victories and their chances of winning the American Athletic Conference tournament to earn a berth in the NCAA Championships. We also dig into the future of US Soccer and the college game in the wake of the USMNT missing the World Cup.
Segment 3: Orlando City Does Its Part for Puerto Rico
We continue our chat with UCF Men’s Soccer Coach Scott Calabrese, who coached Joe Bendik at Clemson, and welcome on Dr. Carlos Colon to provide some perspective on what Saturday’s upcoming friendly between Orlando City and the Puerto Rican National Team means to both Orlando and Puerto Rico.
Episode Four is in the can. We put the lid on the garbage can that was the Orlando City season and lament the latest horse-crap decisions by MLS. Plus, we discuss the incredible story of how Orlando City captured this town’s heart that Simon and Susan beautifully recount in their book Defying Expectations (available on Amazon).
We also anoint Simon the “Soccer Sherpa”! Check out the full show below!