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PawedCast Episode 389: USMNT, Ricardo Moreira Interview, Columbus Crew Preview, and More

We chat with Orlando City Technical Director and Assistant GM Ricardo Moreira and preview the Crew.

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After an unbelievably long gap in the playoff schedule, Orlando City is back this weekend with an Eastern Conference semifinal match at home against the Columbus Crew. And because it’s a special week, we’ve got a special show for you.

We open our discussion this week with a quick look at the United States Men’s National Team’s two-leg performance against Trinidad & Tobago. The games couldn’t have been more different and, although the second leg went off the rails when Sergino Dest lost his mind and got himself sent off for no good reason, the Yanks at least survived and advanced.

After that, we welcomed Orlando City Technical Director and Assistant General Manager Ricardo Moreira back to the show to talk about the team he and Luiz Muzzi put together for the 2023 season. We also asked him about his future plans beyond this season, the club’s unusual season in terms of Designated Players, whether Ivan Angulo and/or Wilder Cartagena might be back next year, and much more. Big thanks to Ricardo for taking time out to talk with us.

The mailbagbox only had one question in it this week, but it was a doozy. 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 looked ahead to Saturday’s showdown with the Columbus Crew, making our score predictions and giving our thoughts on where the match could be won or lost.


Here’s how No. 389 went down:

0:15 – We open the show with a short discussion of the USMNT’s series against Trinidad & Tobago and Sergino Dest losing his mind.

9:26 – Ricardo Moreira joins us and we ask him about his future, team building, and a bunch of other stuff.

31:55 — A quick dip into the mailbagbox and our key match-ups and predictions for Saturday’s match against the Crew.

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PawedCast Episode 398: CF Montreal Rewind, Cavalry FC Preview, and More

A look back at the 0-0 draw to open the regular season and a look ahead at potential advancement in Concacaf Champions Cup.

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Orlando City loves to draw on opening day, and so the Lions split the points in their first MLS match of the season for the seventh time in 10 seasons. The 0-0 draw against CF Montreal wasn’t the worst result, but it sure wasn’t what we expected or wanted. Orlando City was the better side but couldn’t get the final touch right, which is an unfortunate part of the sport sometimes. It’s not unusual for teams playing in continental tournaments to struggle early in the MLS season. FC Cincinnati and the Philadelphia Union also drew against 2023 non-playoff teams, for example.

After starting the show with some unfinished business from last time, we break down the Lions’ opener against CF Montreal and hey, at least Josef Martinez didn’t score. But then again, Orlando hasn’t allowed a goal on opening day since Oscar Pareja arrived.

This week’s mailbagbox was curious about the roles of Martin Ojeda and Luis Muriel for 2024. We think both players are going to do big things. There was also a question about which of the two major home improvement stores we prefer. 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 had some breaking news that will seem old by the time you listen to this show. I went on a mini rant about MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+. Then, we finished with our key matchups and score predictions for tonight’s game against Cavalry FC in the Concacaf Champions Cup.


Here’s how No. 398 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.

23:35 – The mailbagbox wants to know about home improvement stores, Muriel, and Ojeda.

38:00 — A rant about MLS Season Pass on Apple TV+ and our key matchups and score predictions for the second leg against Cavalry FC.

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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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