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PawedCast Episode 152: Kamal Miller Interview, NYCFC Rewind, SheBelieves, Chicago Preview, and More

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We’re back watching meaningful soccer games again and you know what that means — controversial calls are once again costing Orlando City valuable points. Hey, everyone but Baldomero Toledo knows it was a handball (and he probably even knows it by now) but let’s take the point and move on because gaining a point from a position of two goals behind is not an easy thing to do. We’ve got a breakdown of the Lions vs. New York City FC on opening day, including some discussion of the starting XI and Nani’s debut.

Rookie defender Kamal Miller was a surprise starter to many and we asked him about his debut, the MLS SuperDraft experience, and more in our exclusive PawedCast interview. It turns out you found out who drafted Miller at the same time he found out.

We’ve also got some words to spend on the Orlando Pride’s player signings and the international players’ preseasons in their respective tournaments, including the disappointing SheBelieves Cup for the USWNT.

Finally, we dive into our mailbag questions. Plus we give you our key match-ups and sure-to-be-wrong score predictions (even though Dave was right this week) for OCSC at Chicago.

If there’s something you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.


Here’s how show No. 152 unfurled:

0:16 – The season is here and we’ve got actual soccer games to talk about, including our unanimous choice for Man of the Match in the Lions’ comeback draw. Plus, the Pride and the SheBelieves Cup.

26:49 – An interview with rookie center back Kamal Miller, who tells us what song he sang at dinner in front of the entire team over at IMG Academy during the preseason (and other stuff, too).

38:22 – Our mailbag responses, a nice iTunes review, and our key match-ups and score predictions for the Lions at the Fire.

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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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PawedCast Episode 394: The Duncan McGuire Saga Continues, Orlando City-Flamengo Rewind, Loans, Signings, and More

The wildest transfer story in Orlando City history rolls on, the Lions draw Flamengo, and much more.

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With the craziness surrounding the transfer-turned-loan-deal of Duncan McGuire to Blackburn last week, we pushed this show to the beginning of this week so we would have more clarity. That clearly backfired on us, because as of the writing of this post and after the recording of the accompanying episode of The Mane Land PawedCast, we still don’t know for sure where McGuire will play in 2024. Because Blackburn couldn’t handle its procedural business, we entered Tuesday not knowing whether McGuire will return and start the season with the Lions or if the EFL will ratify the loan deal, allowing Blackburn to suit up the second-year pro in its quest to avoid the Championship drop zone.

We unpack as much of the McGuire saga as we can.

The Lions have played a match since we last had a show, and we discuss Orlando City’s 1-1 draw against Flamengo on Jan. 27. It was a good showing by the club and a great introduction for the home fans to new attacking midfielder Nico Lodeiro, who assisted on the Lions’ only goal. Orlando was at least as good as the Brazilian side on the afternoon, and even the reserves and the kids didn’t allow the visitors to escape with a win. We break down some of the key takeaways from the match.

This week’s mailbagbox was back in business, with listeners asking us whether Gaston Gonzalez has played his last match for Orlando City, what we think of players opting to remain in North America rather than signing overseas, and which left-footed player has the best weak foot. 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 a flurry of news, including Gonzalez’s loan to Nacional in Uruguay, the signing of Homegrown defender Tahir Reid-Brown, and two critical signings closing in on becoming a reality.


Here’s how No. 394 went down:

0:15 – The Duncan McGuire-to-Blackburn story should be over but, as of the recording of this episode, it wasn’t. Oh, and Orlando drew Brazilian side Flamengo in a preseason friendly.

32:51 – The mailbagbox has questions about players opting to sign in the U.S. rather than overseas, the Gaston Gonzalez loan, and which left-footed player has the best weaker foot.

41:42 — Gonzalez is loaned to an Uruguayan team, the Lions sign Reid-Brown as a Homegrown, and two much-needed signings are reportedly nearing completion.

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