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PawedCast Episode 330: D.C. Rewind, Tigres Talk, Charlotte Preview, Orlando Pride News, and More

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This week’s show again started out with some personalized thank you shout-outs to some of the founding members of our new, independent website, which is under construction. We’ll keep the GoFundMe open until April 1, so if you’re still waiting for payday or on the fence about contributing, you’ve still got time to get yourself immortalized on the new site.

Now, on to why you’re here…

Orlando City is getting you a tie for Father’s Day. That’s pretty obvious after the Lions drew for the third consecutive match, splitting the points in a 1-1 draw at D.C. United on Saturday. Getting a point against Wayne Rooney on the road almost (but not quite) feels like a win, especially when it was achieved with a heavily rotated side. That side included the first Orlando City starts for Rafael Santos and Duncan McGuire.

As fate would have it, McGuire turned out to be the player who finally ended Orlando City’s long, national nightmare of going scoreless in the run of play. The rookie’s first professional goal wasn’t exactly a highlight-reel strike, but he won’t care and neither do we. His back flip, however, was quite gorgeous. The setup by Kyle Smith and Dagur Dan Thorhallsson that led to the goal was also nice to watch.

Unfortunately, Chris Durkin spoiled things by scoring an unstoppable goal that even the stunning form of Pedro Gallese was powerless to prevent. Durkin might not ever score a goal that precise ever again, and it kind of sucks that it came against Orlando City, but a road point in the midst of heavy rotation due to fixture congestion isn’t all bad.

After breaking down the match, we submit our picks for Man of the Match against United. It was not as unanimous as you might expect, despite Gallese’s heroics in the first half. We also talked a little about tonight’s showdown with Tigres, Orlando City’s Leagues Cup bracket, and an honor for El Pulpo.

The Orlando Pride are quickly closing in on both their final preseason match — this Friday against the Washington Spirit — and their first game of the 2023 NWSL season. The team got a jump on its postseason to-do list, however, by signing midfielder Mikayla Cluff to a new three-year deal. Cluff was already under contract for 2023, but the new agreement extends her stay in Orlando through 2025.

We also discussed the announcement of OCB’s 2023 schedule (finally) and some of the quirky new rules in MLS NEXT Pro this season. If nothing else, MLS NEXT Pro is going to get weird. We talk about some of those rule changes and compare them to stuff from another sport going through some twists and turns.

This week’s mailbagbox was small, but mighty. 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.

Finally, we looked ahead to Saturday night’s home game against Charlotte FC, complete with our key match-ups and predictions.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!


Here’s how No. 330 went down:

0:15 – The Lions kept not losing this week but also kept not winning. We talk about the trip to D.C.

46:29 – Pride and OCB news! The Pride locked down a midfielder and the Young Lions are going to have some strange new rules to play by in 2023.

1:07:09 – Our mailbagbox asks us to rate our excitement for the Tigres match and the return of Ted Lasso. Plus, prediction 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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Image courtesy of Orlando City SC / Mark Thor

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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