PawedCast Episode 335: The Beautiful Game, Minnesota United Preview, and More

Northland Soccer Journal’s Alan Van Wyk stops by to give us the scoop on the Loons.



Carlos Romero, The Mane Land

Welcome to the second episode of The Mane Land PawedCast this week! We’re still adjusting to our twice-a-week system, so we apologize that this show is a teeny smidge past an hour long. Our goal is to keep both episodes each week at around 45 minutes or less. It’s a process and it will become more fluid. We might need to move the mailbagbox to the first show of the week to get the balance right. We’ll keep working on it for you.

If you missed it, we gave our Orlando Pride coverage its own dedicated show, and the first episode of SkoPurp Soccer: An Orlando Pride PawedCast went live on Wednesday.

We started this show off with discussion of The Beautiful Game, an exhibition match coming to Exploria Stadium this summer. We already know Ronaldinho and Roberto Carlos will be there, and more star players will be announced in the coming weeks.

We welcomed Alan Van Wyk from Northland Soccer Journal (formerly E Pluribus Loonum but now an independent site like ours) to get inside the goings on at Minnesota United, a club that Orlando City has not met on the pitch since the MLS is Back Tournament semifinals back in 2020. Alan was kind enough to answer our questions and some from our Founders as well.

This week’s mailbagbox asked us where we’d go on the road if all expenses were paid. We did take economics into account in our response. Remember, if there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the show, just ask us anything by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

Finally, we previewed Orlando City at Minnesota United, including our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday’s match.

Stay safe and enjoy the show!

Here’s how No. 335 went down:

0:15 – The Beautiful Game is coming to Orlando’s Exploria Stadium and we know two players who will participate. The rest is still up in the air, but we suspect a Kaká appearance might happen.

12:15 – Alan Van Wyk jumps on with us to catch us up with what’s going on with Minnesota United, although he couldn’t tell us much about the bizarre Emanuel Reynoso saga.

38:28 – The mailbagbox get opened and we dive into our thoughts ahead of the Lions’ trip to play the Loons.


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