PawedCast Episode 343: Charlotte FC Rewind, Columbus Preview, and More

Putting the U.S. Open Cup behind us and driving straight for Central Ohio.



Image courtesy of Orlando City SC / Mark Thor

Can someone with a lion on their shirt badge please locate the goal?

Orlando City followed up its 2022 U.S. Open Cup championship with a one-and-done entry in the competition in 2023 with Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss at Charlotte FC. Overall, the Lions did almost everything they had to do in order to advance with a road win — with the major exception of putting the ball in the old onion bag. Eleven shot attempts isn’t a ton, but it’s enough, as long as you don’t miss the net 11 times. Charlotte only got six looks and put four of them on target, scoring once. That turned out to be enough to knock Orlando City out of the tournament.

We break down what went well and what didn’t, and make our selections for Man of the Match.

Do these Lions lack swagger? We discussed whether the team needs a little more charisma and passion in its leadership as it had when the likes of Nani and Junior Urso were the veterans that everyone looked up to.

Our mailbagbox asked us which Orlando City prospects we were excited to see join the senior side in the coming years. 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 previewed Orlando City at the Columbus Crew this Saturday, making our score predictions and discussing the key matchups in the match.

Here’s how No. 343 went down:

0:15 – A look back at an unsatisfying result in Charlotte.

32:23 The mailbagbox beckons.

40:26 – A look ahead at the Crew and what we think will happen on Saturday.


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