O’Connor Says Good-Bye, and We Say Hello (to the off-season)

Bart Simpsons ChalkboardThis 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.

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James O’Connor Got Done Dirty (and Other Observations)

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.

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Who Should Stay and Who Should Go?

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.

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We Come to Bury the 2019 Season, Not to Praise It

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.

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So You’re Sayin’ There’s a Chance?!

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.

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It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over

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.

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God Damn It, Orlando City Will Break Your Heart

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?

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Don’t Look Now, but City Is Tied for a Playoff Spot

This week on Orlando Derby we dissect Orlando City’s four-point week and current position on the MLS table just under the red line. The prevailing gripe from Lions fans after the last-second draw with Minnesota was that Orlando cannot hold a lead. Our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness, joined us to explain why that theory is bunk.

Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, also joins the program. The crew talk about the bittersweet feelings that playing Minnesota brings up since we all love Adrian Heath. They also discuss Wayne Rooney lighting up the MLS officials, proving that it is not just City fans who hate PRO referees.

The big question of the day: would you risk jail and become a cross-dresser in order to sneak into a stadium and see your favorite soccer team play? Find out why we asked by checking out the episode.

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Orlando’th Cup Run Ith Over; Pereyra Era Beginth

This week’s Orlando Derby is a mixed bag of emotions for us. Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, is taking Orlando City’s Open Cup Semifinals loss to Atlanta a lot harder than Doc. The two debate what Supporters should take from falling short of hoisting a trophy, as well as how City fans should feel about watching Adrian Heath guide Minnesota United FC to the Finals.

However, both of them are hopeful for what new Lions’ signing Mauricio Pereyra can bring to their MLS Playoff push. They also discuss whether the point gained in Toronto is a positive or a negative, given Orlando’s propensity for not being able to hold leads in matches.

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Let’s Get Ready to Ruuuumbllllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeee!

Saturday’s win over FC Dallas put Orlando City right back into the playoff hunt, but as fun as that was, all our focus this week is on the Open Cup match tomorrow against Atlanta United. There are no excuses, kids. Be there tomorrow night to cheer on the boys! Tickets are only $15. Concession prices are slashed. The opponent could not be more hated. It cannot come soon enough.

Doc and Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, Charles, spend the first half of the show recapping Saturday’s victory and the road that brought the Lions to the Open Cup semi-finals. Our “Soccer Sherpa”, Simon Veness joins us for the second half of the show to preview tomorrow’s match, including a fantastic Four Minute Monologue to help get everyone amped up for literally the biggest match in club history.

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