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PawedCast Episode 297: Miami & Dallas Rewinds, Pride Results vs. Spirit & Dash, Amanda Cromwell on Administrative Leave, OCB, and More

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Hello, friends! We missed you. Last week’s show was recorded and…unusable. Sometimes the podcasting gods do not smile upon you and so it was last week when the audio on my end was an unmitigated mess. We have a new recording method that seemed to work well and my new mic helps me sound…well, as good as I can sound. So, we covered all the ground we did during the show you didn’t hear last week, plus a lot more.

Orlando City played twice since we last published a show, and we took a look back at the U.S. Open Cup draw-turned-shootout-win against Inter Miami CF. We also looked back at what happened against FC Dallas just a few days after that emotional result. The Lions seemed to have things well in hand for over an hour and then the roof caved in. We give you our analysis of the two games and make our selections for the Man of the Match for each one. We also discussed Alexandre Pato’s revealing and candid look back at his life in soccer in his Player’s Tribune piece, and we talked about Mason Stajduhar’s contract extension.

The Orlando Pride had an improbable rally deep in stoppage time to steal a point against the Washington Spirit. That was nice. But in the team’s next game the Pride were disjointed and generally terrible in a shambolic 5-0 loss at Houston. The Dash had no choice but to score buckets of goals because the Pride kept inviting them to do so. It was bad.

What was worse, however, was what happened Tuesday, when Pride Head Coach Amanda Cromwell and Assistant Coach Sam Greene were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a joint investigation to determine whether the two violated the NWSL’s policy to prevent and eliminate workplace discrimination, harassment, and bullying. We dove into what it means and what happens next.

OCB had a couple of matches that could have gone better, but Jack Lynn is scoring goals and the Young Lions seem to be in every game at the moment. So that’s good from the developmental side.

This week’s mailbag wanted to know what the NWSL has to do to compete for the title of the world’s best league on the women’s side, whether the USOC or MLS playoffs need to be two-legged, and more. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

And we closed the show with a brief look at the USMNT’s recent friendlies.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!


Here’s how No. 297 went down:

0:15 – The Lions got a Tropic Thunder knockout in penalties and then were undone late against Dallas in an exhausting week.

29:59 – The Pride got a surprise draw, a humiliating defeat, and, at least for now, a new coach in Seb Hines.

56:58 – Our OCB rewind, the mailbag, and the USMNT.

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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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