Never Leave Early! A Derby Review of Timbers/Lions.

The first Orlando City MLS game was unforgettable. The season-opening comeback against Real Salt Lake a year later was unbelievable. The fact that the win against the Portland Timbers over the weekend is in the conversation with those two games as the best Lions matches in MLS is undeniable.

This week’s episode is almost exclusively the crew basking in the afterglow of a comeback win that might end up being the turning point for the season. While no one is ready to declare this team is playoff-bound for certain, the panic of the first three matches has at least subsided for now.

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The Many Tales of the Red Bulls Match (…and Zlatan)

There was so much to cover in this week’s episode thanks to an incredible match at Orlando City Stadium on Saturday. Dom Dwyer showed why he is so beloved in this town, both on and off the pitch. Aurelien Collin showed how old his act gets when he is not wearing your kit. Josue Colman showed why Doc is such a big fan of his. Jason Kreis showed he is open to change. The entire community showed its compassion and kinship in paying tribute to Iron Lion Firm cap Miguel Vazques.

Doc, Charles and their Soccer Sherpa Simon sort through all of the memorable moments of the match, and even (begrudgingly) discuss the MLS debut of Zlatan Ibrahimović.

If you would like to donate to Miguel’s memorial fund, you can click here. As we noted during the show, Atlanta United donated the $2,000 that put the fund at its goal. Classy.

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Orlando Pride Coach Tom Sermanni, Orlando City’s Early Hole and the Search for the Next Messi

This week’s episode puts the Orlando Pride on center stage as we prepare for their season opener against the Utah Royals at Orlando City Stadium this Saturday at 7:30pm. Head coach Tom Sermanni joined us to preview the 2018 season and share his thoughts on the match.

We also welcomed on author Sebastian Abbot, author of the book The Away Game: The Epic Search for Soccer’s Next Superstars. It is a fascinating story of how a rich dude in Qatar has searched through more than five million kids to invite a couple hundred to his academy in the hopes of finding a soccer prodigy.

Eventually, we begrudgingly recap the Orlando City match against NYCFC and debate how much longer the team has to right the ship. Injuries and developing chemistry are legitimate reasons for a slow start, but eventually the team is going to need to put points on the table or they will be in a hole from which they cannot escape.

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NYCFC 2, Orlando City 0: A Match in Three Tweets

You know it was a bad match when the highlight is dumping on another team’s stadium.

Heath’s Revenge “Cause for Concern” but It’s Still Only March

This week’s episode is all about Adrian. His return to the stadium he helped build was the dominant storyline of the weekend. Orlando City’s loss to their old manager has some people, like Lord Commander of the UCF Knight’s Watch Charles, mashing the panic button. We here at Orlando Derby prefer to see it merely as a cause for concern this early in the season.

We also brought on our Soccer Sherpa, Simon Venness (author of Defying Expectations: Phil Rawlins and the Orlando City Soccer Story) to break down what went wrong for the Lions and if there is reason to be hopeful heading into the first road trip of the season.

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Also, check out the reaction from Heath below, as well as comments from Lion-tamer Ethan Finlay, who had both Minnesota goals.


Our First Show of the 2018 Orlando City Season!

After the incredible opening night for the Lions, we had too much to talk about in just a one-hour show, but we did our best to cram as much as we could into the first episode of the MLS season.

This week’s show features a complete recap of the incredible 1-1 draw City pulled out while down a man (or down two if you count the ref). Charles, Lord Commander of the UCF Knights’ Watch, joined us to talk about arguably the greatest tifo of all time that sent goosebumps throughout Orlando City Stadium. Then our “Soccer Sherpa” Simon gave us his insight on all of Saturday’s action, which was the first City match he was able to watch from the stands instead of the press box.

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Our Soccer Sherpa Returns to Talk OCS Makeover, Big Expectations for the Pride and West Brom Players Commandeering a Taxi

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!

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“Defying Expectations” Book Signing Monday, 2/26!

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!

Doc Joins the Iron Lion Firm, US Soccer Elects “New” President and Orlando City Stadium Is Up for an Award

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.

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