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PawedCast: Harrison Heath on Orlando City’s Inaugural MLS Preseason

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It’s almost time for Orlando City SC’s first MLS season to start. But before we get to that, there’s the whole pesky matter of the MLS Collective Bargaining Agreement, which must be resolved in less than three weeks if games are going to take place as scheduled.

Also, the Lions will first have to solidify their starting XI, which is something that they’ll start working on this weekend at the Carolina Challenge Cup in Charleston against New York City FC. I’m joined by Mane Land writers Andrew Marcinko and Austin David to discuss these topics, plus who might be loaned to USL affiliate Louisville City at the end of preseason.

Plus, Orlando City midfielder Harrison Heath joins us to talk about his preseason so far and the team's outlook as it moves toward the 2015 inaugural MLS season.

Here's how it broke down:

0:26 – Michael and Andrew discuss the MLS CBA issue and what to expect at the upcoming Carolina Challenge Cup.

10:05 – Austin jumps on to talk about the likely candidates for loan to Louisville City FC, roster battles and the projected opening day starting XI.

28:19 – Harrison Heath tells us what it's like to play with Kaká, how the team chemistry is coming along, and whether he'd rather make the big club or get more playing time in Louisville.

Starting next month we'll be moving to a weekly schedule through the end of the MLS season. See you next time!

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PawedCast Episode 397: Cavalry FC Rewind, CF Montreal Preview, and More

The season is officially underway and the first half of Beat Canada Week went well.

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Orlando City went to British Columbia and came home with a victory. The Lions were rarely threatened in their Concacaf Champions Cup opener, getting a goal from Duncan McGuire and two more from Facundo Torres to put a 3-0 beating on Cavalry FC Wednesday night. But perhaps the two best Lions on the pitch were Ivan Angulo and Dagur Dan Thorhallsson. It’s subjective, obviously, and plenty of guys had great games as Orlando City started the season on the right foot, taking a stranglehold on the two-legged tie ahead of next Tuesday’s return fixture. We break down the game and cover the highlights. However, as tired as we were from staying up late, we forgot to pick our Man of the Match.

We also discussed Robin Jansson getting the captain’s armband, in one of the least surprising decisions ever.

This week’s mailbagbox wanted to know about words we hate seeing get mixed up, words we mix up ourselves, which Eastern Conference non-playoff teams from 2023 might get over the line in 2024, and more. Remember, if there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the show, just ask us by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

Following the mailbagbox, we looked ahead to Saturday’s matchup at home against CF Montreal. We gave our key matchups and score predictions and basically agreed that winning would be really cool.


Here’s how No. 397 went down:

0:15 – Orlando City got its first win in Concacaf Champions Cup in emphatic fashion, outclassing Cavalry FC with speed and ball movement. We recap.

19:23 – The mailbagbox wants to know about pet peeves and stuff. Clearly, we have too many.

39:52 — CF Montreal visits Orlando on Saturday and that means it’s key matchups and predictions time.

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PawedCast Episode 396: Preseason Rewind, Cavalry FC Preview, and More

The Lions conclude the preseason and we’ve got our first key matchups and score predictions of the 2024 Orlando City season.

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The preseason is over. Bring on the regular season!

Competitive games start this week for Orlando City in both 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup and MLS play. We couldn’t be more excited to have the closed-door scrimmages out of the way and true tests lie ahead for the Lions.

First, however, we open the show with a discussion of Orlando City’s final preseason tuneup for the games that count. The Lions threw away a 2-0 lead against the Colorado Rapids but managed a Cardiac Cats moment for MLS SuperDraft selection Jeorgio Kocevski, who won the match late for Orlando. With the win, OCSC finishes the preseason with four straight wins and a 4-0-1 record.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us what Nico Lodeiro gave Shakur Mohammed in exchange for the No. 14 jersey. We don’t know (but we’ll ask!), however, we do have vivid imaginations, and Dave let his wander for a moment over this topic. Remember, if there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the show, just ask us by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

Following the mailbagbox, we spoke about Orlando City’s announcement that The Wall has already sold out ahead of Saturday’s league opener against CF Montreal. That’s a good step, and hopefully the rest of the season will follow suit soon.

Finally, we looked ahead to some of the key players on Cavalry FC, as the Lions head to Canada for Concacaf Champions Cup action on Wednesday night. We gave our key matchups and our score predictions for the team’s first competitive match of 2024.

We’ll be back before the end of the week with another show, breaking down the Lions at Cavalry and looking ahead to a match against Montreal on Saturday.


Here’s how No. 396 went down:

0:15 – We wrap up the preseason with a discussion of Orlando City’s 3-2 win over the Colorado Rapids in the final test before the games start to matter.

14:20 – The mailbagbox is dying to know what Nico Lodeiro gave Shak Mohammed for jersey No. 14.

21:09 — The Wall is sold out ahead of Saturday’s MLS opener and we give our key matchups and score predictions for Orlando City at Cavalry FC on Wednesday.

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PawedCast Epsiode 395: Orlando City Player & Non-Player Signings, Preseason Results, Coaching Staff Announcements, and More

Transfers that happened, loans that didn’t happen, non-player signings, preseason results, and more.

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The Duncan McGuire saga ended (for now, anyway), but it wasn’t in a good way for anyone involved. Still, Blackburn missed a sitter by not properly submitting transfer paperwork, so McGuire is back in Orlando and the plan is to have him start the season with the Lions. Where things go from there is anyone’s guess.

Aside from that, Orlando City was busy in the last week, completing a new contract for Robin Jansson, signing new players David Brekalo and Luis Muriel, inking Luiz Muzzi and Ricardo Moreira to new two-year contracts, and naming Oscar Pareja’s coaching staff for 2024. It’s been a busy week and we unpack it all for you.

After that, we discuss the new Legacy Kit the Lions will wear on the road in 2024 and 2025. They’ll also where the new kits at home on March 9. It’s an outstanding homage to the club’s USL history and longtime fans will enjoy the new threads.

After the jersey talk, we discussed the Lions’ preseason results to date, with one more test waiting before the games matter next week. It’s been a successful preseason, but the rubber meets the road in just a few days.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us to recommend a jersey name and number, wanted to know how McGuire and Muriel will fit together, asked about AppleTV+ shows, and much more. Remember, if there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the show, just ask us by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

Finally, we wrapped up with OCB’s schedule and news about a pair of former Lions.


Here’s how No. 395 went down:

0:15 – The Duncan McGuire off-season saga is over and it didn’t end in a satisfying way for anyone involved, but the upshot is that he’s back in Orlando prepping for the season. There were lots of other signings, too, and some of them weren’t player-related.

24:02 – The Lions have a new road kit and it’s a beauty. Also a beauty: Orlando City’s preseason results so far.

32:49 — The mailbagbox, OCB’s schedule is out, and news on a couple of former Lions.

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