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    PawedCast Episode 274: Nani Departs, Orlando Pride News, and Roster Predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 115:43

    Orlando City said goodbye to team captain Nani this past week, as the Lions declined to exercise the Portuguese talisman's contract option. So the club will have at least two Designated Player slots open this off-season pending a decision on Mauricio Pereyra. The Lions will have a new captain in 2022 and we look back at Nani's career in Orlando. The club also made a new hire in adding Jarrod Dillon to the newly created position of president of business operations. The Wilf family is already showing a commitment to doing things a little differently in the front office. To that end, Amanda Duffy is no longer with the Orlando Pride, but the Pride may be closer to hiring a new head coach — one that has a history of success and is quite familiar with the city of Orlando. We also did our annual roster predictions. This season we actually know most of the contract statuses of the players, so we might not get quite as many wrong, but there are still some unknowns and that always makes things dicey. We go player-by-player through both the Orlando City and Orlando Pride rosters to try to determine who will be on the roster when the 2022 season arrives. This week's mailbag asked about the best way to watch the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is a question right up Dave Rohe's alley and it turns out we're on the same page. 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. That's all for this week and we're definitely taking next week off barring something unforeseen, because I'll be traveling. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 274 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City will have a new captain in 2022 and at least one new Designated Player, if not more. Plus, lots of Pride and front office news. 31:49 - We go through the Orlando City and Pride rosters, discuss the contracts, and try to determine which players will stay and which will go. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 273: Nashville Rewind, 2022 Schedule News, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 84:59

    Orlando City had its season end Tuesday on a chilly night on a terrible football field with a 3-1 playoff loss at Nashville SC. There are worse ways to end an MLS season but the nerves are a little raw at the moment so Dave Rohe and I do our best to take an objective look at the team's first-ever road playoff match and talk about the adversity the Lions overcame to even get to that point. Only one MLS team ends the season happy and unfortunately this year it's not ours. We dive into all the key moments in the match, talk about who we thought didn't play well, discuss why the substitution pattern was a little bit different than a regular game, and select our Man of the Match. We were united on this one. The 2022 season has effectively already begun for Orlando City and we look ahead to the Lions' first two matches of the coming year. Once again, Orlando will start the season within the friendly confines of their own building — for the eighth consecutive season — and then they'll hit the road. This week's mailbag asked about Nani's future with Orlando City and whether or not he'll be a Designated Player or come back to the Lions as a Targeted Allocation Money re-signing. We can't spoil our stays/goes segment just yet but we do have an answer. 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 273 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City went to Nashville seeking a little retribution for stolen points from the Halloween Heist. Instead, it was more anger, but at least this time the Lions are probably a little more upset with themselves than the referee. 31:51 - We have some stuff to say about Alexandre Pato's few minutes on the field Tuesday night, we discuss the 2022 season opener and first road game, and hit the mailbag. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 272: MLS Award Finalists, USMNT World Cup Qualifying, Nashville Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 60:41

    Orlando City reached the postseason without a single player or a head coach deemed worthy of being a finalist for an MLS award for 2021. That's quite a feat! We discuss the MLS Awards finalists and talk a little about the job Oscar Pareja did over the course of the year. We also talked about the persistent Daryl Dike-to-England rumors and I propose an idea. The United States Men's National Team took care of business against Mexico in Cincinnati with another #DosACero and the third win over its archrival during the calendar year. There will be people moping about two dropped points in a 1-1 draw at Jamaica but it's all part of this young team's growth — learning how to respond after an emotional win. That's it for qualifying until 2022, so those four points of a possible six will have to do. With no Orlando Pride news to discuss, we also talked about the upsets in the NWSL playoffs and how interesting the final looks now that the two favorites are out. Good luck to the Washington Spirit and Chicago Red Stars. This week's mailbag asked about some Orlando City youngsters and whether or not they will see the field more in 2022. There was also a question about contract options and we kicked the can a little bit because we can't spoil our annual “stays or goes” show. 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 272 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City news is scarce this week but we discuss Daryl Dike rumors and how the Lions can address them. Plus, the USMNT earned some points. 34:32 - Our mailbag asks about Jordan Bender and Derek Dodson and we discuss Tuesday's inevitable draw against Nashville and how it wil resolve itself in the end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 271: Montreal Rewind, MLS Playoff Picture, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 73:10

    Orlando City is back in the postseason! The Lions went to Canada knowing they needed a result on the road against a stubborn CF Montreal side that they hadn't managed to beat in two previous match-ups in their own stadium. It was a daunting task, as almost every MLS road match is, but it was especially difficult after coming off an emotional letdown at the end of the Nashville game against a desperate Montreal team that needed to win to get in. But Oscar Pareja got the minds of his players right and they took care of business north of the border against CF Montreal in a 2-0 win. The Lions withstood the early Montreal energy and press and managed to hold on until the offense could get a foothold, with Sebas Mendez scoring a spectacular golazo and Daryl Dike adding insurance late in the match with his 10th goal of the season. Dave Rohe and I break down the regular season finale and make our Man of the Match selections. We're split this week but either of us could have made the other's pick. We also discussed Orlando City's playoff scenario and why the postseason road could have been much tougher even though the Lions will be on the road for all but one possible match-up in the East. The West had a crazy Decision Day and we touch on that as well. This week's mailbag asked about Chris Mueller, our favorite sports playoff moments, and what a Bizarro World with Dike in Miami would have looked like this season. 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 271 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City spoils Montreal's postseason hopes while making their own playoff dreams come true in a solid road performance. 35:15 - A walk through the final standings and what they mean for Orlando City's road to MLS Cup, and no, we're not getting ahead of ourselves. Why do you ask? 56:57 - Our mailbag has questions and if we don't give the answers, well, who will? Some other podcast, I guess. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 270: Crew/Nashville Rewinds, Pride-Chicago, Montreal Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 96:08

    Orlando City was far too lackadaisical in allowing preventable early goals in its 3-2 loss at the Columbus Crew in the midweek, which placed even more importance on Sunday's match against Nashville SC. And then, well, that happened. It won't bring Orlando City fans much comfort to know their team did just enough to win that match on Sunday because the customary — and important! — points that come with wins will not be awarded. Referee Allen Chapman saw to that. While one can usually simply point to incompetence rather than malice (after all, this is a match official who did not understand the shootout rules in last year's Orlando City vs. New York City FC playoff game), it's difficult to see Chapman's decision as mere ineptitude in this case because there is a standard to be met of “clear and obvious” required to overturn the call on the field that cannot reasonably be said to exist. Dave Rohe and I break down the road loss and the home win that only netted one point due to Chapman's Halloween Heist of the other two, and make our selections for Man of the Match for each game. We discuss where that leaves the Lions with one match left to play and how Chapman ruined a storybook contribution from Alexandre Pato. We also discuss the Orlando Pride's season-ending loss to the Chicago Red Stars on Friday. That 1-0 loss ends the once-promising 2021 Pride campaign on a five-game losing streak. We talk about where the club goes from here and some roster moves that have already taken place. This week's mailbag asked about Pedro Gallese, and, for some reason, referee accountability (can't imagine why). 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at Montreal on Decision Day. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 270 went down: 0:15 - Columbus finally got a win in the series at perhaps the worst popular time after five straight losses to Orlando and way too much talk about the Halloween Heist (please congratulate me on keeping the podcast kid-friendly because it was an exercise in restraint on my part). 55:08 - The Pride have a lot to accomplish this off-season after finishing the year on a five-game skid, starting with a coaching search and ending with a retooling of the side. 1:11:05 - Our mailbag and predictions for Decision Day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 269: Montreal/Revs Rewinds, Crew/Nashville Previews, USWNT, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 76:51

    Orlando City had a rough week in terms of dropping points in the second half but still managed to add to the team's point total as the Lions continue their pursuit of a second straight playoff year. Montreal is a stubborn opponent and the Revs just have so much quality that these weren't the worst draws of the season although they feel like more of the ‘loss' variety of draw than the ‘win' type. But the Lions can't cry over spilt points with two more matches coming up quickly. Dave Rohe and I break down the two home draws from the past week and make our Man of the Match selections from each. We were unanimous both times with our picks, and that's been happening a lot lately. Whether that's a good thing or a bad thing is up for you to decide. The United States Women's National Team was in action last week and we talk about that 0-0 draw and the Pride players on international duty heading into the team's 2021 season finale this Friday at home against Chicago. This week's mailbag asked about being stuck on a desert island, who might be next to retire from the USWNT, and the College Football Playoff. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at Columbus tonight and vs. Nashville SC this Sunday. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 269 went down: 0:15 - Chris Mueller and Nani started scoring again but the Lions haven't been ruthless enough while dominating the action and it's come back to bite them the last two matches in a tight playoff race. 41:39 - Some USWNT and Pride talk, an odd international call-up from the Lions, our weekly mailbag segment, and what we think will happen in Orlando City's two matches this week as the playoff race heats up. It's all happening! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 268: Cincy Rewind, Pride Eliminated, Montreal & Revs Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 101:31


    Orlando City returned to the pitch on Saturday after a two-week layoff and while it would be wrong to say the Lions didn't miss a beat, they at least captured all three vital points in a road match-up with FC Cincinnati. The win was a lot more difficult than it needed to be, due in part to the Lions' play in the second half and partly due to no one being able to look at a monitor long enough to see whether Tesho Akindele's crossbar ricochet fully crossed the line (we certainly thought so), but winning in a place the team has never previously won is always good. We break down the win and make our Man of the Match selections. We also dive a little into the USMNT's crucial win over Costa Rica and how Gregg Berhalter's team is positioned in the Octagonal after the close of the international window. The Orlando Pride played twice since our last show and things did not go well. The Pride will not be heading to the postseason after dropping games in Chicago and Louisville. The team has little to play for with one match remaining in what turned into a disappointing season after the Pride had sat atop the table at the one-third-season mark. We discuss the two matches and dive into what Ian Fleming and the Pride brass have to do to get this team to the next level. This week's mailbag gave us a lot of work to do on deciding which eight teams we think will make the MLS postseason from the Eastern Conference. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. Montreal tonight and vs. New England on Sunday. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 268 went down: 0:15 - Junior Urso's goal was just enough to keep Orlando's unbeaten run going Saturday and now the competition gets tougher even if it is at home. Plus, Berhalter's got the USMNT in a good spot so let's just see how things play out. 31:56 - The Pride are toast for 2021 and so they will spend the postseason at home yet again. Changes are coming for this team. Plus, our mailbag and our keys to the next two matches as well as our score predictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    PawedCast Episode 267: Pride-Gotham, FC Cincinnati Preview, USMNT Qualifiers, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 90:20

    Orlando City was off this week so we don't have the Lions to recap, but that doesn't mean we took the week off with them. Oh, no. Our show is about the same length as it usually is. So what did we talk about? The Orlando Pride had a key match-up in the NWSL playoff race against Gotham FC and it did not go well. The Pride made the final score more respectable and had a shot at stealing a late point but Orlando came up just short by a post. But even if that final shot had gone in, there have been some worrying trends over the last two matches for the Pride. The team has allowed the most goals in a game this season in back-to-back games, lost consecutive games for the first time since Becky Burleigh took over, gave up a goal in the third minute for the second straight match, and hasn't been getting goals from Alex Morgan and Sydney Leroux during this recent skid. We're still hopeful the Pride can pull out of this recent slide and get back above the playoff line but it won't be easy. We talk about the remaining schedule, the overall playoff picture, and the oddly timed re-signing of midfielder Emily van Egmond, who may not even get her international paperwork to go through before it's too late for her to help Orlando in 2021. Dave Rohe and I also spoke about the United States Men's National Team's performances in the first two World Cup qualifiers in this three-match international window. The Concacafing couldn't stop the Yanks against Jamaica but then they turned right around and failed to take anything home from Panama on Sunday. Tonight's match looms as a must-win now to keep the team on track and above the qualification line. This week's mailbag asks about MLS expansion teams. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at FC Cincinnati this week and then we have a spoiler warning prior to our Ted (Lasso) Talk about Season 2, as requested by a listener last week. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 267 went down: 0:15 - The Orlando Pride are giving up early goals, lots of additional goals, and their big guns aren't scoring. Still, this team is in the hunt and it has lost all margin for error with three games left. 26:30 - The USMNT split its first two games of this international window and now must get something from the Costa Rica match tonight to avoid big issues deeper in the qualification cycle. 48:16 - We give you multiple warnings before launching into our spoiler-filled discussion of Season 2 of Ted Lasso. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 266: Nashville & D.C. Rewinds, NWSL Pauses Play, USMNT Qualifiers Loom and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 95:24

    Orlando City picked the most dramatic ways to stop the bleeding this past week. The Lions roared back from two goals down on the road, scoring the equalizer in stoppage time to draw 2-2 at Nashville SC in the midweek. Then, on Saturday, Orlando improved on that by scoring a game winner deep in stoppage time in a 2-1 home win over D.C. United. The end of a four-game losing streak, followed by the end of a five-game winless streak, was a welcome sight. Neither of those was easy, but Orlando City found a way to get it done and Oscar Pareja was jubilant to see his team get back in the win column on Saturday. Daryl Dike is a big reason why, with a goal in three consecutive games. Dave Rohe and I broke down both results, which have left the Lions in a good place now that the international break is here. While the team would no doubt love to try to continue its positive momentum, there is nothing wrong with stopping at a good spot and maybe getting some guys healthy and rested for a vital final stretch run. We also talked about Dike's iconic goal celebration and how it stacked up against another favorite in the team's history. The Orlando Pride did not play on the road at Chicago this past week as the fallout of the Paul Riley news and subsequent departure of Lisa Baird as NWSL commissioner had ripple effect throughout a league that is trying to recover from a collective trauma and move forward in a way that both makes sense and, most importantly, protects its players from predatory behavior. That protection means nothing if the system that can stop such behavior is fundamentally broken, flawed, or flat out misused by those in charge. We wish nothing but the best for the NWSL's talented players and demand that the NWSL finds some system-wide fixes. This week's mailbag asks about Orlando City and Pride versions of player Mount Rushmores, scary movies, halftime shows, and comebacks. 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. We close the show with some USMNT World Cup qualifier discussion about the roster, some key injuries, and the upcoming matches. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 266 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City left it late both times but got a draw and a win against top Eastern Conference competition. It was stressful, but we'll take it. 39:48 - The NWSL has some extremely important business to take care of in the wake of the Paul Riley news that dropped last week. It must answer for what was done and it must make sure it does everything it can to prevent it in the future. Plus, our mailbag and some USMNT talk. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 265: Revs Rewind, Pride-Reign, Nashville & D.C. United Previews and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 74:35

    Orlando City lost its fourth straight match on Saturday and yet somehow it felt a lot less terrible than some of the other recent losses. The league-leading New England Revolution are formidable, especially in their own building (with the awful football lines and plastic grass), but the Lions did play mostly well in the match. We break down the game, including some tough bounces, calls, and slips that helped the Revs get the 2-1 result. And yes, we do discuss penalty kicks as well. And, as usual, we select our Man of the Match. The Orlando Pride got clobbered 3-0 at OL Reign and while a result on the other corner of the continent against a team in good form was never going to be easy, it sure seemed at least possible until the opening whistle blew. Orlando's slow starts cost them dearly in this one and it wasn't until the game was out of reach when the Pride started playing soccer. This week's mailbag asked whether former FC Dallas coach Luchi Gonzalez could join Oscar Pareja and Luiz Muzzi in Orlando, who from the Pride should be poached for a professional co-ed soccer club, and which players would be the ideal starting XI for the upcoming USMNT qualifiers. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at Nashville SC tonight and vs. D.C. United at Exploria Stadium on Saturday. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 265 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City lost again but didn't look nearly as bad as some recent matches and at least the Lions finished with 11 men, which is kind of an improvement. 34:17 - The Pride got blown out in Washington state, our mailbag confuses and perplexes us, and we try to predict what's going to happen at Nashville and at home against D.C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 264: Montreal & Philly Rewinds, USWNT, Revs Preview and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 79:15

    Orlando City is sliding down the mountain right now and needs to find its ice axe to try to arrest its rapid descent before something catastrophic happens. The Lions had two matches in the past week and while they stopped scoring goals on themselves, they still can't stop the other team from doing it and they also seem averse to finishing with 11 men on the pitch. None of this is particularly good but we have to talk about it anyway. We do, but under protest. The Orlando Pride, meanwhile, were off this week for the international break. Alex Morgan was an exception though and she was exceptional in scoring a hat trick in the second of two friendlies against Paraguay. Her performance Tuesday night hopefully has her confidence soaring ahead of the Pride's trip to play OL Reign this weekend. It's the most difficult road trip remaining in the regular season and coming home with any points would be a huge step toward the NWSL postseason. This week's mailbag was quite full, with questions about Orlando City's current form, the fact that no one could seemingly stand up last Wednesday vs. Montreal, movies that set the tone in the first scene, 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at the New England Revolution. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 264 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City continues to be bad at soccer at the moment and we're hoping they decide to be good at soccer again soon. 33:29 - The USWNT scored a whole lot of goals against Paraguay, we had a pretty full mailbag, and we've got our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City's trip to the awful building known as Gillette Stadium. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 263: Atlanta Rewind, Pride-Louisville, Montreal & Philly Previews and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 69:50

    Orlando City did not have a good week and we'd quite frankly rather not talk about it. However, since that's literally what we do, we didn't have a lot of choice in the matter and instead ranted a bit about the effort shown by the Lions in a rivalry match on the road in Atlanta last Friday. We struggled to find a Man of the Match but in the end we came up with our picks, but only begrudgingly. There was also transfer news this week as David Loera went out on loan to Phoenix in the USL Championship. The Orlando Pride got off to another slow start but then jumped on Racing Louisville and with all three attacking stars — Sydney Leroux, Marta, and Alex Morgan — getting on the scoresheet, it was a night to remember for the club's NWSL team. We would happily take a few more three-goal games from the Pride, who haven't exactly lit up the scoreboard in 2021. That said, the Pride are in an excellent spot with five matches left to play. Let's see if Becky Burleigh can get the team over the finish line while remaining above the playoff line. The USWNT called up Morgan, and hopefully Stars & Stripes will return her in better condition this time than they did after the Olympics. This week's mailbag asked about some Ted Lasso stuff, whether our listeners jinxed Mason Stajduhar, and unsung heroes for the Lions and the Pride. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. CF Montreal and for Sunday's trip to take on the Philadelphia Union. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 263 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City was bad on Friday but the Lions also didn't look particularly excited in a rivalry match-up against Atlanta. It showed on the scoreboard. 25:24 - The Pride sent Louisvlle back home with no points and you love to see it. 43:02 - We answer our listener mail and give our predictions for the Lions vs. Montreal and Orlando City at Philly. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 262: Columbus Rewind, Pride-Dash, Atlanta Preview, USMNT and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2021 83:18

    Orlando City finally had a good offensive night, scoring three times against the defending MLS Cup champion Columbus Crew. All of those were needed as an own goal by Antonio Carlos and a quick second goal by Miguel Berry turned a 2-0 deficit into a 2-2 game in the second half. But Junior Urso came to the rescue to provide the final margin. Orlando is now unbeaten in seven straight games and we're breaking down the match-up and giving you our picks for Man of the Match. Daryl Dike and Junior Urso were obviously strong contenders, having made the MLS Team of the Week. Add Mason Stajduhar to the list of Lions who have spent time out with injuries this season. Stajduhar's torn meniscus gave Adam Grinwis his first start since rejoining Orlando City and he made the most of his opportunity, beating the Crew for the second time in purple. The new backup is another familiar face in the form of Greg Ranjitsingh. The Pride, gave up a horrible early goal to the Houston Dash but managed to fight back for a 1-1 draw at home on Sunday. Orlando must do better than tread water in home matches but at least one point is better than none. Taylor Kornieck soared high to head home the game-tying goal to keep the Pride above the playoff line for the moment, but other teams are lurking close behind and they have games in hand. The USMNT is raising everyone's blood pressure so far with two straight draws in World Cup qualifying. We aren't ready to panic but the margin for error is shrinking. We discuss Gregg Berhalter's team and how it can get back on track in qualifying. This week's mailbag asked about the NWSL championship, the USMNT, other MLS teams' third strikers, and whether we were in Nashville for Sunday's qualifier. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at Atlanta United. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 262 went down: 0:35 - Orlando City got a big night of offense to fend off the Crew and Daryl Dike was a big reason why (literally and figuratively). 22:39 - The Pride needed to take all three points but got only one. That's better than none, we guess, but the season is winding down and every match is magnified in importance. 45:20 - We answer our listener mail and give our predictions for the Lions at Atlanta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 261: Miami Rewind, Pride-Gotham, Columbus Crew Preview and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 97:05

    Orlando City is in a bit of a scoring drought but the defense has been stout so at least the Lions are able to get something even when held without a goal. The draw against Miami isn't what the Lions or their fans wanted, especially in a match that saw the team awarded a penalty, but the return of El Pulpo and a strong match from the back line helped secure a point in a scoreless draw at home on Saturday. We break down the game and make our Man of the Match selections. The Pride, however, went on the road and rebounded nicely from their loss against the Spirit, beating NJ/NY Gotham FC 1-0 at Red Bull Arena in New Jersey. Erik Tymrak was the offensive hero and once again Ashlyn Harris did everything you could possibly ask from your goalkeeper. Not only did Harris pick up the clean sheet, but she also walked off the field with the league's all-time career saves record. Becky Burleigh has the team playing hard even if the Pride — like the Lions — aren't putting many shots in the net. We then turned our attention to Saturday night's Orlando City match-up against the Columbus Crew. To help us do that, we spoke with Orri Benatar from Massive Report, who helped us understand what's been going on in Central Ohio with the defending MLS Cup champs and we're all saddened at Kevin Molino facing yet another torn ACL. Big thanks to Orri for stopping by, especially since he had basically 20 minutes notice because I suck at lining up guests in advance. After a little bit of MLS All-Star Game discussion, we jumped into this week's mailbag, which asked about Orlando City's best XI and the epic way Manchester United swooped in to steal Cristiano Ronaldo from archrival Man City. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. the Columbus Crew. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 261 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City ran its unbeaten streak to six matches and the Pride got back in the win column in an important road contest. 41:50 - Orri Benatar jumps in to give us the lowdown on the Columbus Crew, who have dealt with a similar rash of injuries and call-ups to what Orlando has dealt with in 2021. 1:03:44 - All-Star festivities, some listener mail, and our predictions for the Lions and the Crew. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 260: Nashville & Chicago Rewinds, Pride-Spirit, Miami Preview and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 79:19

    Orlando City didn't score a lot of goals but still managed to take four of a possible six points from a double-match week. The Lions started things with a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Nashville SC and came home to defeat the Chicago Fire 1-0 in a week that saw even more bodies leave the game day roster. Orlando had only one Designated Player at Nashville and had only 30 minutes of a DP on the field Saturday but still managed to get some decent results. We break down the draw and the win and make our Man of the Match selections. We also premiere the new smash hit “The Grinch is Back” by listener Lee Gavlick. Here are Lee's absolutely stunning lyrics about the return of Adam Grinwis — sung to the tune of Elton John's “The Bitch is Back.” We had a ginger keeper, number ninety-nine When it came to Cup time, we felt just fine Times are changing, City's back on track And our backup's gonna stun ‘ya, ‘cause the Grinch is back Start Pedro in the league, that's alright And we'll cheer for Mason when the time is right But he can win that cup match, plays real tall Gets City by on certain evenings when his number is called Yeah the Grinch, yeah the Grinch Oh the Grinch is back Stone cold keeper as a matter of fact He's the Grinch, he's the Grinch And he's better than you With the way that he moves, Made New York look like fools Big thanks to Lee for his outstanding musical effort. The Orlando Pride tasted defeat for the first time under Becky Burleigh after blowing a late lead at Washington and falling 2-1 to the Spirit on the road. There was a colossal mistake that let the Spirit back in the game and the hosts stole all three points late. We break down that game as well and discuss the loan of Konya Plummer to the Swedish top flight. This week's mailbag asked about Suicide Squad, COVID-19 protocols in Europe, 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. Inter Miami. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 260 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City got back-to-back results in a two-match week, and Lee Gavlick wrote a great musical tribute to Adam Grinwis. 34:22 - The Pride fall on the road, our mailbag, and our predictions for the Tropic Thunder rivalry on Friday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 259: Leagues Cup Rewind, Pride-Thorns, Nashville & Chicago Previews and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2021 97:31

    Orlando City got a break from league play last week but the Lions' first foray into international cup competitions wasn't exactly the triumphant experience for which we all hoped. Orlando created some good opportunities early but failed to cash in against Santos Laguna and it came back to haunt the Lions as the visitors scored at the half hour mark and then choked City's attack the rest of the way. Still, it was a good learning experience for the club, a chance for Orlando to grow and learn, and if you have something to say about the goal Mason Stajduhar conceded, you might want to get yourself in front of a tailing, spinning kick that bounces out in front of goal and see how easy it is to stop. Also, you might want to direct that energy at the 10 guys in front of him who failed to score a single goal — every team needs at least one of those to win a game. That's all I'm saying. We break down the game and make our Man of the Match selections. The Orlando Pride remain unbeaten under Becky Burleigh and despite missing some starters, the Portland Thorns are no slouches. The Pride grabbed a much-needed point against a difficult opponent and weren't far off from taking all three. We discuss the latest Pride outing and the loan of defender Konya Plummer to the Swedish league. We touch on the career of USWNT veteran Carli Lloyd, who announced she'll be leaving the game this fall. Lloyd has been an amazing player for the Yanks for a long time and has been an important piece of the team's success over the years. This week's mailbag is overflowing! Listeners want to know about white elephant gift exchanges, TML writers as soccer players, the Marvel shows in Disney+, legendary team lineups, and whether the time is right to bring back Carlos Rivas. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at Nashville SC and at home this weekend against the Chicago Fire. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 259 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City's Leagues Cup run didn't last long but the Lions don't have to hang their heads despite bowing out to a good Santos Laguna side. Plus, the Pride got another result against a tough opponent. 34:41 - Thoughts on Carli Lloyd's career, our mailbag, and previews and predictions for Nashville and Chicago. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 258: Miami & Cincy Rewinds, Pride-Chicago, Santos Laguna Preview and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2021 113:08

    Orlando City is on a three-game unbeaten run after a pair of uninspiring 1-1 draws against rival Inter Miami (at home) and perenially bad FC Cincinnati (on the road) since our last episode. The Lions could, and should, have taken more from both games but points are points and the soccer gods seem unwilling to allow Oscar Pareja to have his preferred starters all healthy at the same time, so second place in the conference isn't a bad place to be, all things considered. We break down both 1-1 draws and make our Man of the Match selections for each and we've actually got some variety in our choices this week. We also talk about the recent absence of Daryl Dike and the continued absence of Alexandre Pato, as well as whether those things mean anything, especially since Orlando City made no signings before the secondary transfer window closed. Oh, and Nani and El Pulpo are All-Stars! Eugene Rupinski from FMF State of Mind jumped on with us to help us preview Orlando City's upcoming Leagues Cup match against Liga MX side Santos Laguna. Big thanks to Eugene, who knows Santos and Liga MX quite well. We'd be flying blindly into Thursday without him. The Orlando Pride got a couple of key starters back from international duty and took another step forward under Becky Burleigh with a 2-0 win on the road against the Chicago Red Stars. Sydney Leroux scored again and Jodie Taylor seems to be finding her footing with Orlando, but the team just seems better organized and less likely to make critical errors the last couple of matches. We discuss the job Burleigh has done since taking over and the signing of draft pick Viviana Villacorta (who is, unfortunately, out for the year with an ACL injury). This week's mailbag has concerns over dropped points against teams low in the table, and Daryl Dike's existence on the OCSC roster. 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. Santos Laguna. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 258 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City got a pair of underwhelming draws, but the team is in second place and every point counts. We break it down and rant a bit about injury report shenanigans (again). 43:16 - Eugene Rupinski tells us what kind of team the Lions will face when Santos Laguna visits Exploria Stadium Thursday night. 1:04:08 - Our Orlando Pride-Chicago Red Stars breakdown, mailbag questions, and our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City vs. Santos. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 257: Atlanta Rewind, Pride-Courage, National Teams, Miami & Cincy Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 109:41

    Orlando City made it six straight against rival Atlanta United without a loss (3-0-3) on Friday night, with an emotional come-from-behind victory in Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajudhar's MLS debut. Silvester van der Water came off the bench to spark the comeback and the Lions forced Josef Martinez to make sad faces on national television, which is always a good thing. We break down the match and give you our Man of the Match selection, which is unanimous. The Orlando Pride looked much more organized under interim coach Becky Burleigh in Saturday's 1-1 draw at the North Carolina Courage. Sydney Leroux had the goal and the team played well at times, although there still are some things to iron out to get the Pride playing as they did in the season's opening weeks. We dive into that match as well as the players' postgame comments, which were very telling. We may be used to the United States Men's National Team disappointing us while the USWNT gets results, but those roles were reversed over the past few days. We look back at the USMNT's Gold Cup final victory over Mexico and what it means for the program moving forward. Then we look at how the USWNT flamed out of gold medal contention at the Olympics. The Florida Cup returned to Orlando this past week and I give a brief overview of the proceedings from last Wednesday. It was kind of weird being back in Orlando City's old home for the first time in five years. This week's mailbag wants to know about our all-time Orlando City XI, places to visit in Cincinnati, Concacaf's choice of stadiums, 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Inter Miami tonight and FC Cincinnati on Saturday. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 257 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City got the dub and it wasn't easy. The Lions showed resiliency and van der Water was the catalyst the team needed. 38:01 - The Orlando Pride took a step in the right direction in Becky Burleigh's debut, but what did those postgame comments really mean? Plus, the USMNT and USWNT might be going in opposite directions, and the Florida Cup was fun (again). 1:15:03 - Our mailbag, and prediction time for Orlando City against Miami and at Cincinnati. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 256: Philly & NYCFC Rewinds, Pride-Reign, Skinner Out, Atlanta Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 91:15

    Orlando City snapped a three-game winless skid on Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Union and then went right back to not winning on Sunday at New York City FC. A triumphant night against a good Eastern Conference opponent left everyone feeling good but those vibes evaporated quickly with an utter beatdown in the Bronx. A lot of that was the lineup that took the field Sunday due to rotation, injuries, and international absences but not all of it can be adequately explained. We broke down both games and selected our Man of the Match for each. The Orlando Pride had a tumultuous week with the resignation of Marc Skinner as head coach and his departure, followed by a 2-0 loss to OL Reign at home — the team's fifth non-win in a row — under the also-departing Carl Green. The Pride finally named Becky Burleigh as the interim coach to see out the 2021 season with the team in free fall from first to seventh in the league in just five matches. Both U.S. national teams were in action this past week. The women bounced back from their Olympic loss to Sweden by destroying New Zealand and then playing a frustratingly conservative 0-0 draw against Australia to get through the group. Alex Morgan scored twice — once in each game — but only one of them counted. The high-powered offense of the Netherlands awaits on Friday morning. Meanwhile, the men survived a tussle with Jamaica in the Gold Cup quarterfinals and will now face invited nation Qatar in the semifinals. The USMNT hasn't played its best in this tournament yet but has done enough to survive and advance. Let's hope Gregg Berhalter gets this young team going and perhaps set up yet another showdown against rival Mexico (or rival Canada). Plus, Florida Cup is finally underway. This week's mailbag wants to know about Orlando City's fullbacks, the future of Ali Krieger, 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for Atlanta United on Friday night. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 256 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City had a mixed bag in its two matches. We enjoyed talking about the first one but not so much the second. 37:00 - The Orlando Pride continue to play their worst soccer of the season, although this week it was understandable. Plus, the USWNT and USMNT are doing enough at the moment, but only just. 1:02:45 - Our mailbag, and prediction time for Orlando City against Atlanta. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 255: Toronto Rewind, Pride-Thorns, Philly & NYCFC Previews, Mueller's Exit, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 135:46

    Orlando City ended its losing streak in Toronto but extended a winless skid to three matches after managing only a 1-1 road draw. It wasn't a terrible result and one point sure beats none, but the Lions still don't quite seem back on track yet. Still, we've got a lot to say about what happened in Canada on Saturday. We also pick our Man of the Match and it's unanimous again this week. Before we get to that, however, news broke as we were just getting set to record that Chris Mueller is leaving Orlando City at the end of the season on a free transfer. This is obviously not an ideal situation and the club did try to negotiate a deal with Cash, but alas, a fan favorite will be heading to Europe. You're up next, Silvester van der Water! The long-awaited new Orlando City overlords are officially in place as the Wilf family's ownership of the club was announced Wednesday. We look forward to seeing how their stewardship of the club unfolds and if they really will spend some money on talent to compete with the top clubs in MLS and the NWSL. The Orlando Pride appear to be in free fall after a 2-1 loss in Portland that was nowhere near as close as the final score indicates. The Pride were out-shot 20-6 and Ashlyn Harris again won NWSL Save of the Week for a penalty kick save that prevented the result from being worse on the road. Meanwhile, Manchester United is courting Marc Skinner, which can't be helping anything at the moment. Can the Pride right the ship? It doesn't feel like it right now but we certainly hope so. Matt Ralph from Brotherly Game stopped by to help us preview the Philadelphia Union's visit to Exploria Stadium tonight. Big thanks to Matt for his expertise on the Union and we look forward to seeing how our key match-ups and score predictions compare to his when it's all said and done. International soccer is in full swing. The USMNT played poorly and got a result. The USWNT played even worse and did not. The men now enter the Gold Cup knockout round against a Jamaica side that I watched in person three times in the last week or so. The women have to regroup and beat New Zealand and Australia to assure themselves of a spot in the knockout round of the Olympic tournament. Daryl Dike and Alex Morgan both started this week but neither dented the score sheet. This week's mailbag wants to know about Josef Martinez in Atlanta Orlando, what to do with season tickets when you don't live within a thousand miles of Exploria, 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. We close the show with our key match-ups and score predictions for both Philadelphia tonight and the trip to New York City FC this weekend. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 255 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City earned a hard-fought road point and you can get a pretty good nap during Nani's penalty run-ups. Also the Pride are not good at the moment. 52:02 - Matt Ralph joins the fun and gives us some in-depth background on the Union ahead of tonight's match. 1:20:05 - The Gold Cup, the Olympics, the Florida Cup, our mailbag, and prediction time for both Orlando City games coming up. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 254: Chicago Rewind, Pride-Louisville, Toronto FC Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 83:10

    Orlando City is on a losing streak. This awful feeling that you have is something that you thought went away after Oscar Pareja's arrival, but here we are after multiple losses for the Lions and a date with a rejuvenated Toronto FC looming on Saturday. Orlando went to Chicago and failed miserably to take its chances, allowing the hosts to hang around and ultimately win the game going away, 3-1. We break it down and give our Man of the Match picks. We also discuss the potential signing of a new left back that wasn't officially announced but was reported with such details so as to be basically unofficially announced while we were recording the podcast. (Welcome, Emmanuel Mas!) And nobody wants to think about a sale of Chris Mueller but he's being sought by some Belgian clubs. We get into the tricky nature of Mueller's contract situation and what Orlando can do to maximize the situation. The Orlando Pride played their worst match of the season on the heels of consecutive losses but somehow didn't lose. Sydney Leroux's goal at the death lifted Orlando to a home draw against Racing Louisville over the weekend and Marc Skinner's club has a difficult July to navigate if the Pride are going to not only stay in the hunt for a regular-season title, but also just to remain in the playoff race. A new signing since our last show might help with that. International soccer continues to be a big topic this summer and the Concacaf Gold Cup is in full swing. Not only are the U.S. men in action but there are other international matches being played right here in Orlando. We talk about what's happened so far and why you should go see some Group C games at Exploria Stadium even if you don't have any skin in the game. This week's mailbag wants to know about Derek Dodson's loan and whether Yoshimar Yotun could return. 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 254 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City struggles to find the net and we've got some transfer talk (and only some of it was outdated by the time we finished recording). 28:00 - The Pride find a way to avoid a home defeat against Louisville and add an attacking player. 55:26 - It's mailbag time and we give you our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City against Toronto FC...wherever they're playing. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 253: Red Bulls Rewind, Pride-Courage, Chicago Fire Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2021 94:02

    Orlando City laid an egg against the New York Red Bulls for the second time in two meetings this season. The Lions failed to convert a penalty and multiple other good chances, and allowed a late game-winner to lose at home for the first time this season. We walk through the game and pick our Man of the Match, discuss a key injury to Orlando's back line and the loan of Matheus Aias. And we talk about the players coming and going to their national teams. The Orlando Pride dropped their second straight in their worst performance of 2021 to date and hopefully that won't snowball with Marta and Ali Riley joining Alex Morgan and Erin McLeod on Olympic duty. An injury to Ali Krieger doesn't help things. We also have a new Pride defender in the fold. The USWNT swept its two-game Send-Off Series against Mexico despite Alex Morgan not finding the net. Next up for the Yanks is a trip to Japan to try to remain world champions. The Orlando City U-17 team finished its business by winning in the MLS NEXT Cup in penalties after a 0-0 draw in the final. Good job all around by the academy, but especially to the U-17s. This week's mailbag wants to know if Matheus Aias is a bust, but we don't think so and we tell you why there's no comparison here between Aias and Josue Colman. 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how show No. 253 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City again can't get it done against the New York Red Bulls, despite the available opportunities to do so. 40:14 - The Pride drop their second straight, a key injury and a signing, the USWNT, and the U-17 boys are champions! 1:01:55 - It's mailbag time and we give you our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at the Chicago Fire. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 252: Inter Miami Rewind, Pride-Dash, Red Bulls Preview, Academy Update and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 83:36

    Orlando City completed an incredible nine-point week after winning three times in seven days. The Lions went to Inter Miami's house and won there for the first time en route to scooping up all three points for the third time in a week. Nani was again the catalyst, with an insane assist on Chris Mueller's first goal of the season to pull Orlando level and then he scored a golazo to win it a few minutes later. It's always nice to win a Tropic Thunder match but it's even better to do it in their building. We recap the match action and make our Man of the Match selections. The Orlando Pride weren't as fortunate in their third game in a week, falling 2-1 at the Houston Dash on Sunday. That was due in part to tired legs and Ashlyn Harris' miscue to set up the first Houston goal didn't help. Harris has been excellent so it was weird to see an uncharacteristic mistake like that but everyone is human and we're never more human than when we're tired. The Pride remain in first place for the moment as we enter the Olympic window and say goodbye to the international players for over a month. We discuss the match and what the lineup might look like with four Pride players going to Japan for a bit. It was a great week for the Orlando City U-17 team, too. The baby Lions knocked the LA Galaxy out of the MLS Next playoffs Tuesday to advance to the semifinals against the Sacramento Republic. This week's mailbag had some questions about Orlando City's warmups and about jerseys we'd buy if money was no object (but, sadly, money is indeed a significant object). 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how show No. 252 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City finish a three-for-three week with a win over Inter Miami. 33:00 - The Pride taste defeat for the first time in the 2021 regular season and we bid goodbye to the Olympians. Plus, the U-17 team is doing some work. 52:57 - It's mailbag time and we give you our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. the New York Red Bulls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 251: Toronto, San Jose, and Orlando Pride Rewinds, Miami Preview, Call-Ups, Academy Info, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 90:02

    Orlando City jumped back into action with two matches since our last show and won them both. The Lions are scoring goals and getting dubs and that brings a smile to our faces, even if you can't see them while listening to the PawedCast. Perhaps you can hear them? We break down the Lions' wins over Toronto FC and the San Jose Earthquakes and select our Man of the Match picks from both games. There were a lot of good candidates to choose from in both games and yet we were unanimous with both selections. There's news on the call-up front as four Lions made preliminary rosters for the Concacaf Gold Cup, but we'll have to wait to see who makes the final cut. We have a feeling Daryl Dike will be one of those who will go represent his country — especially after his brace against the Quakes. We've also got two more results for the Orlando Pride to discuss, including a dramatic last-minute draw at home against Gotham FC and a big road win in Kansas City with huge contributions from Sydney Leroux and a wondergoal from Marta. Hopefully the Pride can keep it going on the road at Houston this weekend. At least three members of the Pride are headed to the Olympics officially, and we know of another one who will be headed to Tokyo as well. We'll tell you who. There's news on the OCB front as MLS announced a new league in which the Young Lions can develop their game against 19 other sides from Major League Soccer and perhaps some independent clubs as well. And the Orlando City Development Academy teams are doing great. This week's mailbag had some questions about what Ted Lasso gear to buy and whether Willian will end up in purple. 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how show No. 251 went down: 0:15 - Two more wins for Orlando City and...wait, that's a lot of goals in two games. Offense is fun! And some Lions might be headed to the Gold Cup. 33:44 - Four more points for the Pride, who extended their season-opening unbeaten streak to seven matches. Plus, Olympic call-ups and OCB and academy updates. 1:00:29 - It's mailbag time and we give you our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at Inter Miami. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 250: National Team Rewind, Homegrown Signing, Toronto & San Jose Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 67:17

    Orlando City and the Orlando Pride were off this past week but both the U.S. men and women were in action, which meant Orlando players Daryl Dike and Alex Morgan were on the pitch. And, both scored! We talk a little about Dike's performance in the U.S. Men's National Team's friendly against Costa Rica and the USWNT's Summer Series so far. That last game was a mixed bag for Pride players, as Konya Plummer conceded a penalty but Morgan got back on the score sheet. Plus, we talk a little about Orlando City's newest Homegrown Player signing, Thomas Williams. He's an intriguing defensive prospect at 6-foot-4 and just 16 years old. Alicia Rodriguez, who writes for Center Line Soccer (among several other sites), joined us to preview the upcoming match next Tuesday against the San Jose Earthquakes. We figured the Lions just played Toronto a couple of games ago, so the Reds are still fresh in our minds and the biggest changes are that Jozy Altidore is in the doghouse and Yeferson Soteldo (whose name I can't quite master) is on international duty. This week's mailbag was a little light but it probably would have been meatier had Dave Rohe or I been able to catch more of the Euro or Copa America. Then we jumped into our key match-ups and score predictions for both the “road” game against Toronto and next week's home match vs. San Jose. 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how show No. 250 went down: 0:15 - The USMNT had little trouble with Costa Rica and Daryl Dike was involved throughout the match, scoring his first national team goal. Plus, a new Homegrown Lion. 14:15 - Alicia Rodriguez gives us the full story on what's going on with the Earthquakes of San Jose. 29:06 - The USWNT in the Summer Series, the next couple of Pride opponents, our mailbag, and OCSC prediction time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 249: Tesho Akindele Interview, Orlando Pride-Washington Spirit Rewind, National Team Stuff, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 89:42

    Orlando City was off this week with the international break but Daryl Dike has been spotted within the footprint of the 48 contiguous states and we hope to have him back in Orlando after tonight's USMNT friendly against Costa Rica. While the Lions were off, the Orlando Pride were not, as they hit the road to face the Washington Spirit. It turns out that the only team the Pride can't seem to beat in 2021 is Washington, as the teams played to another 1-1 draw. However, with no Sydney Leroux in the lineup and facing a tough opponent during a hot afternoon match, a point seems like a good consolation prize from a trip to the nation's capital. We break down the Pride's latest match in what is now a five-game unbeaten streak to start the season. There's lots of praise to go around. Following Pride talk, we break down the United States Men's National Team's run in the Nations League. OK, we gloss over the Honduras game a bit, but there's a whole lot to unpack from the championship game against Mexico. That match was as Concacaf as Concacaf gets, but the resilient young Yanks came away with a trophy in the competition's first go-round. Getting one over on Mexico is always fun, even with all the shenanigans from Sunday night. Orlando City forward Tesho Akindele jumped on with us this week to talk about his season so far, the Lions' 2021 campaign, what the team is up to during the break, and his approach to so many situations. Tesho was a great guest and we enjoyed this conversation quite a bit. Our mailbag was small this week but we discuss Gregg Berhalter's approach to Sunday's final. 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. That's all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how show No. 249 went down: 0:15 - The Orlando Pride stayed unbeaten and for once Alex Morgan didn't score a goal. Also, the USMNT wins a trophy in a crazy game that had a little bit of everything — even some things that we didn't even know were things. 52:00 - Sorry to keep you waiting for Tesho, but that was an insane U.S.-Mexico match, so blame it on them. We think he was worth the wait. 1:08:53 - A quick update on the upcoming matches for the national teams and Orlando's pro sides and some deep thoughts from a shallow mailbag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 248: Orlando City-Red Bulls and Pride-Kansas City Rewinds, Daryl Dike & National Team News, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 88:35

    Orlando City is undefeated no more after a tough 2-1 loss at Red Bull Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Lions didn’t play well in the middle and dug a deep hole, then nearly climbed out of it thanks to Silvester van der Water. The rally came up a bit short, and the team can now concentrate on getting healthy, welcome back Nani and (eventually) Daryl Dike), and start preparing for another go-round with Toronto FC. We break down Orlando City’s loss to the New York Red Bulls, choose our Man of the Match selections, and worry aloud about Chris Mueller’s form. We also discuss the news that Barnsley FC is not buying Daryl Dike’s rights and the big striker is expected to rejoin Orlando City after the international break, which is welcome news. The Orlando Pride kept rolling with their third straight win, making it four matches in a row without a loss and you get to hear me find out in real time that the goal in Sunday’s 1-0 victory was changed from Marta to Alex Morgan at some point while I was driving home Tuesday. The Pride have a big match coming up against the second-place Washington Spirit this weekend as the NWSL’s top two teams thus far will square off in the nation’s capital. Can the Pride keep it going? Following Pride talk, we discuss the USMNT’s loss at Switzerland and why neither of us are freaking out about it. Our mailbag is curious as to who Orlando City will sign to replace Dike and we get to have some funsies with one of the questions. Listeners also want to know how we’d feel about Jozy Altidore in purple. 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. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 248 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City’s zero in the loss column is gone, so...mission accomplished, MLS DisCo! 34:55 - The Pride are on a roll and there are a lot of reasons why you should come to the stadium to see them. 1:06:49 - It’s mailbag time and this week we have no key match-ups or predictions as Orlando City is off until late June. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 247: Toronto and Pride-Courage Rewinds, Red Bulls Preview, Nani’s Suspension, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 113:00

    Orlando City extended its season-opening unbeaten to six matches with Saturday’s 1-0 home win over Toronto FC. The Lions were forced to beat the Reds with their captain and both starting fullbacks tied behind their backs but they were stout defensively and got a timely early goal from Tesho Akindele. They also got some great saves from Pedro Gallese. We discuss the match, Silvester van der Water’s first MLS start, another solid game for the back line, and more. We handed out our Man of the Match selections to the same guy this week. Then we discuss the suspension MLS handed down to Nani just 25 hours before the game. Who asked for it? Why was it necessary? We dissect this and can come to only one conclusion, so put on your tin foil hat before listening to this pod. We also discussed Daryl Dike’s season at Barnsley coming to an end and what’s next for the big guy before we could possibly see him back in a purple kit at Exploria Stadium. We hope he represents the USMNT proudly and has some success in his upcoming friendlies. We’re joined by Ben Cork of Once a Metro this week to find out more about Orlando City’s opponents Saturday afternoon — the New York Red Bulls. Ben tells us what’s new with the Red Bulls under their new manager, what is being done to cover for Aaron Long’s season-ending injury, and what we can expect on Saturday at Red Bull Arena. The Pride got a huge 2-1 road win at the North Carolina Courage on Saturday night, making it a six-point night for the club. Alex Morgan seems to be getting going and Sydney Leroux also found the net, while backup goalkeeper Erin McLeod turned in a standout performance while filling in for Ashlyn Harris (no injury issues there, just some fixture congestion ahead). Orlando faces its toughest challenge of the season so far tonight against Portland and then will also host Kansas City this Sunday. Morgan got another USWNT call-up but it might not affect the Pride much until the Olympics. We explain. This week’s mailbag has some snark as well as questions about Dike and van der Water. Then we get to our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at the New York Red Bulls. 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. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 247 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City got its second straight 1-0 win and continued to play stingy defense. We break down the win, Nani’s suspension, and Daryl’s upcoming schedule. 39:29 - Ben Cork jumps on to give us all the intel we need on the New York Red Bulls. With no Nani to fear, he’s setting his sights on Chris Mueller. Not a bad guy to keep an eye on. 1:02:53 - The Orlando Pride win at North Carolina, the Pride’s upcoming opponents, our mailbag, and our key match-ups and predictions for a trip to Red Bull Arena. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 246: D.C. & Spirit Rewind, Toronto FC and Pride-Courage Previews, Wilf Family Talk, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 125:54

    Orlando City set a new MLS club best by going unbeaten in five matches to start the season with Sunday night’s 1-0 win at D.C. United. It wasn’t the prettiest win, but sometimes that’s what you need to do on the road. The Lions looked lively in the first half but after Mauricio Pereyra’s early goal just couldn’t find that final touch to double the lead, leaving the game there for United to take. D.C. came out flying in the second half and Oscar Pareja made a tactical change in an effort to put more defenders in the way, hoping for a clean outlet to hit the hosts in transition. That never materialized, but the defending was superb, as City allowed only 13 shots and just one on target. Dave and I break down the game, give our Man of the Match selections, and laud the play of that back line. We also had a fun chat about Hernan Losada’s salty post-match comments, which do well to deflect some of the criticism that could be leveled against he and his team, but also just is dumb on the surface. Plus, full houses are coming soon to Exploria Stadium! Is it too soon for that? Should there be special sections for vaccinated folks? We discuss. We are joined this week by a pair of guests. The first was Chris Gates from the Daily Norseman, the SBN site covering the Minnesota Vikings. Chris fills us in on what kind of owners the Wilf family have been in the Twin Cities, which might lend some clues as to what we might expect when they take over Orlando City. Our second guest is Mitchell Tierney from Waking the Red. Mitchell helps us preview Saturday night’s home match against Toronto FC — the third straight opponent the Lions didn’t face in 2020. We thank Mitchell for his insight into the Reds and what “Orlando’s other team” may do Saturday night. The Pride kicked off their season at home against the Washington Spirit and they rescued a 1-1 draw in a match that was evenly played but it seemed like Orlando wasted some golden chances. We’ve got some Marta talk and we also look ahead to the Pride’s upcoming trip to play the North Carolina Courage. We’ve got an update from Daryl Dike’s loan spell as his Barnsley FC side opened up its promotion playoff run. We also had to discuss the Columbus Crew coming to their senses and backing their rebrand way the heck up. Plus, a call-up for an Orlando Homegrown and we dive once again into our mailbag to answer your questions. Then we get to our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. Toronto FC this weekend. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 246 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City wins on the road for the first time in 2021 and we’re talking about what the Lions did right and wrong. Plus, our MotM, a soon-to-be-full Exploria, and more. 35:34 - Our first guest knows a lot more about the Wilf family owning his team than we do, so we ask him about it. 48:55 - A Toronto FC preview from a guy who knows the Reds better than we do, and he tells us everything we need to know, so someone just has to get this podcast to Oscar Pareja and the Lions will be set! 1:05:30 - The Orlando Pride earn a point in the season opener, Marta’s play so far in 2021, Daryl Dike’s playoff run, the Crew walk back their rebrand, another fun mailbag, and, finally, our key match-ups and score predictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 245: NYCFC Rewind, D.C. United and Pride-Spirit Previews, Crew Rebrand, Potential OCSC Sale, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 113:31

    Orlando City remains undefeated on the young 2021 season but the Lions have drawn three times in four outings after Saturday night’s 1-1 affair with New York City FC at Exploria Stadium. It was the third consecutive match with a dramatic Nani goal but an ill-timed challenge from the returning Joao Moutinho threw NYCFC a lifeline via a late penalty. Still, the Lions appear in good form, aside from needing more offensive contributions from Chris Mueller and the striker position. We break down the match and give our Man of the Match choices and discuss Mueller’s current form as well. Jason Anderson from Black and Red United joined us to help us preview Orlando City’s next opponents, D.C. United. As an added bonus, Jason also helped us preview the Orlando Pride’s NWSL opener this Sunday at home against the Washington Spirit. It turns out D.C. United and the Spirit are from the same geographical region. Who knew? (Everyone.) Big thanks to Jason for his insight into D.C.’s injury struggles and new style of play as well as what to expect from the Spirit when they visit Orlando. The Lions are reportedly close to being sold to the Wilf Family and we discuss the stewardship of Flavio Augusto da Silva in his time as Orlando City owner and his approach to team ownership. We also talk about how things can go terribly wrong with a new owner, which was essentially a segue into our discussion of how awful the Columbus Crew (never Columbus SC) rebrand has gone so far. Wow, just...no. Former Lion Dom Dwyer has a new team and we discuss how Toronto FC needed him and how he could have helped Orlando with this year’s striker issues (loans, knees, etc.). We also tell you where Jordan Bender will be playing his 2021 soccer and why it’s a good thing. This week’s mailbag is light but asks who else could (should?) go out on loan in 2021 as Bender did. Then we get to our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. D.C. United on Sunday. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 245 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City and New York City FC drew yet again and that’s not a bad result, but when you start stacking draw upon draw, it’s also not ideal. The defense has been mostly sharp, but more goals are needed. Plus, our MotM picks and where’s the 2020 Cash? 25:35 - Our supersized guest spotlight belongs to Jason Anderson this week, where we discuss not one, but two upcoming opponents — one on the MLS side and one in the NWSL. Jason has all the info you want to know about D.C. United and the Spirit. 56:23 - We don’t know how the Wilf family ownership of OCSC will go if/when it happens, but we don’t want a complete rebrand and we’ve got things to say about what Columbus did. Plus our mailbag and game predictions for Sunday night in D.C. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 244: Cincinnati Rewind, NYCFC Preview, Pride-Courage, Pato Injury Update, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 102:15


    Orlando City finally got that elusive first win of 2021 out of the way after Saturday night’s 3-0 win over FC Cincinnati. We break down Orlando’s best game so far, including the return of Mauricio Pereyra, a good performance from Tesho Akindele, an easy night for El Pulpo, and more. Plus, we name our Man of the Match. After that, we’ve got some Tesho talk and maybe — just maybe — some folks are being too hard on the Canadian. And we’ve got an injury update on Alexandre Pato and a general discussion of Orlando City injuries. Christian Smith, manager of Hudson River Blue, joins us to break down the Orlando City vs. New York City FC match-up and what we can expect from the Pigeons in this early part of 2021. Big thanks to Christian, who now lives in the heart of Lion country, so if you see someone walking around Winter Park wearing an NYCFC kit, it might be him. The Pride closed out their 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup run in North Carolina with a hard-fought 0-0 draw against the Courage. We discuss why Pride fans should be encouraged by the four-game set, even though Marc Skinner still has a lot of work to do. There’s a lot of positive energy building up with the Pride and hopefully they can ride it to a much-improved 2021 NWSL regular season. This week’s mailbag asks some Star Wars-themed questions and touches on the protest at Old Trafford by Manchester United fans. We’ve got stuff to say about all of that. Then we get to our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. New York City FC on Saturday. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 244 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City wins! We hope you got your discounted pizza the next day and we hope you enjoy our walk through the match. Plus, Tesho’s reputation and Pato’s procedure. 41:15 - Christian Smith joins us to talk us through the start of NYCFC’s season and tells us what shape and lineup we might be looking at on Saturday, as well as what to expect from the visitors. 1:00:04 - The Pride are out of the Challenge Cup but in the end they were basically two plays from winning the whole darn East. The team seems to be improving but can it maintain that upward trajectory? Plus, our mailbag and predictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    PawedCast Episode 243: SKC Rewind, Cincinnati Preview, Pride-Spirit, Ashlyn Harris Likes Stopping Penalties, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2021 103:35

    Orlando City got a hard-fought point on the road at Sporting Kansas City on Friday night on an evening when you couldn’t really celebrate any goal until after it had been reviewed. The VAR decisions were all correct in the end but that didn’t make it easier to sweat through them at the time. In the end, it would have been harsh for the Lions to come home with nothing after that performance and we break down why. We also give our Man of the Match picks (unanimous this week) and touch on a trade that brought an international slot to Orlando on Tuesday. We’re joined this week by Brad Weigel from Cincinnati Soccer Talk, who gave us the scoop on a team that Orlando City hasn’t played since 2019. A lot has changed and we appreciate Brad’s perspective on his team. He reminded us a lot of our own views on the Lions a few years ago and we can certainly sympathize with FCC fans, even if we don’t mind if Orlando is ruthless on Saturday night at Exploria Stadium. The Orlando Pride earned their first win of 2021 after getting back Alex Morgan and Gunny Jonsdottir. Marc Skinner shook up his back line this week and Morgan hooked up with Sydney Leroux the way Pride fans were hoping she would. It wasn’t a perfect game from the Pride, but it’s a win and after subsequent results, Orlando goes into Saturday with at least a shot at getting through the East if a lot goes right. Ashlyn Harris was so upset that we forgot to mention her penalty save that she decided to do it again in the Pride’s 1-0 win over Washington. Also, we got a surprise schedule drop for the NWSL. This week’s mailbag asks if we have any insight onto Orlando’s trade of $200,000 in General Allocation Money for an international slot. We’re looking into it. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 243 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City got its third straight result against Sporting Kansas City and probably deserved all three points. We break it down. 38:16 - Brad Weigel jumps on with us and tells us what Cincinnati has been up to and what’s got him and his fellow FCC fans a bit frustrated to start the season. 1:02:12 - The Pride’s win keeps them in contention, a wild NWSL schedule appears, a light mailbag, and our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City vs. FC Cincinnati. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 242: Atlanta Rewind, SKC Preview, Pride-Gotham, Super League, Daryl Dike, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 102:55

    Orlando City’s 2021 season is underway and although the Lions didn’t start with a win, they still earned a point without several key players in the lineup. We break down the match, give our Man of the Match selections, and discuss how much we hate lower body injuries while adding another to the tally. We’re joined this week by Paul Tenorio of The Athletic and the Allocation Disorder podcast. Paul is a great explainer and he does a good job of simplifying the current market situation for MLS players such as Daryl Dike in Europe, what the price tag on a sale might be, what we can expect in terms of seeing Dike in purple again before such a sale, and what Orlando City actually would get out of it. Spoiler: everyone wins here. Paul also gave an overview of Major League Soccer’s new U-22 initiative, and he weighs in on the whirlwind that was the European Super League as well. The Orlando Pride played their first home game in the NWSL Challenge Cup last week against NJ/NY Gotham FC (seriously, that’s too many initials!) and while the result was not one we enjoyed, the team does show some signs of being able to play better soccer this year. It’s now time to find some consistency and get some of the veteran leaders into top form. Some reinforcements might help this week against Washington, including the return of Alex Morgan, Gunny Jonsdottir, and Meggie Dougherty Howard. I did forget to mention Ashlyn Harris’ penalty save and subsequent NWSL Save of the Week award on the show, so I’m mentioning it here. Dave and I give our thoughts on the Super League and some of the things we were actually looking forward to if it came to pass. And of course there was an awful lot of hyperbole about it, both before and after it blew up on Tuesday, and we got into some of that as well. This week’s mailbag wants to know who Orlando’s most hated opposing players are, and we were asked to help someone with their gambling decisions (haha, coming to us for predictions!). If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 242 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City is now unbeaten in five straight against Atlanta United but a win would have been nicer than a draw. 24:03 - Paul Tenorio serves as our MLS rules whisperer and has some great insight into why there isn’t an established market yet for European teams when buying MLS players. Plus: the U-22 initiative and the poor culture fit of the Super League. 51:04 - The Pride dropped points late again, the Super League might actually have been cool to watch despite ruffling so many feathers, our mailbag, and our key match-ups and score predictions for Orlando City at Sporting Kansas City. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 241: Robin Jansson Interview, Atlanta Preview, Pride Draw Racing Louisville, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2021 104:30

    Orlando City is all done with the preseason and the games now count. The Lions dispatched the Loons from Minnesota United in the final preseason scrimmage and signed draft pick Rio Hope-Gund last week and now it’s time to prepare for Atlanta United on opening day this Saturday. That Daryl Dike dude keeps on scoring and I tried to do contract math about it. To help us prepare for the 2021 Major League Soccer season — Orlando City’s seventh in the league — we welcome the Beefy Swede himself to the show! Robin Jansson joins us to discuss the team’s preparation for the season, how the new guys are fitting in, the team’s expectations for 2021, and more. One thing Jansson hopes to see (that we also would like to see) is him scoring more bangers. The Orlando Pride started their NWSL Challenge Cup campaign over the weekend and ended up drawing at Racing Louisville. It was a draw that felt like a loss after the Pride grabbed the lead in the 88th minute, only to concede in stoppage time. But Racing Louisville should have been down a player by that time, and we explain why as we break down the whole game. Orlando will face Batman NJ/NY Gotham FC tonight at the stadium. We also talked about the USWNT’s trip to Sweden and France and Alex Morgan’s contributions to the team’s success. And the Orlando City U-23s got a big win last week as well. This week’s mailbag wants to know who Orlando’s supervillains are, underrated and overrated players, and how Orlando City will spend. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 241 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City beat the Loons on a goal by new boy Silvester van der Water, Pato keeps scoring preseason goals, and Daryl Dike keeps scoring them in season in England. Plus, money for Kaká! 27:57 - Robin Jansson jumps on with us to tell us about the Lions’ preseason preparation and discusses some of what we’ve not been able to see behind closed doors. 45:02 - The Pride’s young players are scoring goals, the team earned a point on the road in the rain, and Alex Morgan is scoring national team goals again. Plus, our mailbag and we give our key match-ups for Orlando City-Atlanta United, along with our always hilariously wrong score predictions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 240: Ali Riley Interview, Another Orlando City Homegrown, Pride Set for Challenge Cup, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 100:37

    Orlando City played one and a half preseason games this week and although there isn’t much info on them, we’re here to discuss them just the same. At least we can talk about the goal scorers. The Lions added another Homegrown Player this week as Raul Aguilera signed a first team deal. Orlando City and the Pride both went through their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations, and we’ll tell you why the timing was right for it. We’re joined by Orlando Pride defender Ali Riley, who was a very calming influence for Dave after the team’s preseason scrimmage loss to Florida State. She told us what the 2021 Pride have in store, how the team is preparing to face a club that’s never played a competitive match, the newer players that fans should keep their eyes on, her numerous activities off the field, and how she’s been helping lead the fight against anti-Asian racism. Ali was an absolute blast to talk to and we thank her for her time in the lead-up to Saturday’s showdown in Louisville in the NWSL Challenge Cup opener. After the segment with Ali, we discuss the latest Pride news, including the scrimmage with FSU, the exciting kit launch (it was a literal launch!), the club’s new addition to the Challenge Cup roster, and Sydney Leroux’s parental nightmare of having two children with COVID-19. Daryl Dike is still playing in England and he’s still scoring goals. We discuss his most recent performance and continue to pontificate on what his future might hold. Then there’s some news I forgot from the first segment about Rio Hope-Gund that I shoehorn into this spot. This week’s mailbag wants to know about substitution rules (there’s a new one!) and is curiously obsessed with LeBron James. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 240 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City won half a game and then drew in 1.5 preseason matches this week. Plus, a new Homegrown signing and a mini rant about what amounts to a bookkeeping issue. 26:02 - Ali Riley joins us to tell us about her new show, the Pride’s style of play, some of the new faces on the team, and more. 49:26 - The Pride’s preseason scrimmage, an otherworldly kit launch, Syd’s kids, Daryl Dike’s continued success, and our mailbag. Oh, and Sky Blue’s rebrand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 239: More Orlando City Preseason Results, Pride Roster Moves, U.S. Teams Split Fortunes and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2021 105:19

    Orlando City played a pair of preseason matches in the last week and both were good results. We’re here to talk as much about them as we can, given the information we have, but the bottom line is that winning is better than not winning. The Lions no doubt got strong contributions from Kyle Smith, who was rewarded with a new two-year contract on Monday. We break down why this was a good move from the club and why teams need guys like “El Soldado.” There’s more noise happening about Daryl Dike and potential suitors from abroad so we’ll talk about those latest rumors and what we think about them. The lad keeps doing good work over in Europe and he’s getting noticed. We would certainly hate to lose Dike, but his success there is a good thing for the club one way or another. We also discussed what a knock to Nani might mean for the start of the season, Joao Moutinho’s recovery, and how the lineup might look for the early part of the schedule. We also discuss why the first three games suddenly take on even more importance, as the MLS teams that will compete in the U.S. Open Cup will be determined by their success in the early part of the 2021 campaign. That puts the Lions in a bit of a bind given some key absences due to injury, loan, and suspension. The Orlando Pride have added and subtracted a player since our last show. We talked a bit about the addition of defender Ally Haran to the Pride roster as well as the news that broke Tuesday afternoon about Canadian midfielder Jordyn Listro heading to Kansas City via a trade. There are positives to take from both of these moves. The USMNT and the U.S. U-23 teams had mixed results this past weekend and Orlando City players were involved in both. We discussed Dike’s performance against Northern Ireland and why we’re excited about the future of the national team. We also weighed in on the U-23 team’s failure, what could have been done differently against Honduras, and the silver lining that exists now that we know Andres Perea and Benji Michel won’t be missing a huge chunk of the season to play in the Olympics. This week’s mailbag was eclectic. Folks are interested in grass vs. plastic surfaces, the Lions’ starting XI and tactics, and, of course, Ted Lasso. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 239 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City won twice against presumed Eastern Conference contenders in the past week. Plus, Smith’s salary likely went up, Dike’s price might be going up, and Nani is a bit banged up. 37:30 - The Pride played no preseason games this past week, so instead they signed a player and traded another one that they only recently signed. It’s the preseason. You’ve got to stay busy! Plus two different results for two USMNT squads. 1:13:09 - The mailbag is just about overflowing and we get an interesting variety of questions to answer. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 238: Orlando City and U.S. Results, Homegrown Signing, Pride and Academy News, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2021 69:06

    Orlando City was tripped up at home by New York City FC in preseason action but we’re calling shenanigans as the Pigeons got not one but two (!) penalty kick goals in one half of a preseason (!) match. At any rate, Alexandre Pato is already scoring goals in Orlando purple and that’s a good thing. The Lions signed a new Homegrown Player this week in forward Wilfredo Rivera and that’s another good thing. Plus, we’re here to discuss Orlando City players representing the United States on multiple levels, with Andres Perea and Benji Michel seeing time with the U-23 squad and Daryl Dike getting the call for the senior USMNT. The Orlando Pride unexpectedly were without a preseason opponent on Saturday due to COVID-19 testing results in Washington. Instead of a preseason game, it became a preseason intra-squad scrimmage, which is not as much fun. The Pride also will be represented at upcoming USWNT friendlies in Europe and we’re talking about that too. Looking at the club’s younger players, the U-15 and U-17 teams had a good weekend against Inter Miami and that’s always welcome news. Also, the Orlando City U-23 side is about to get its season underway in the UPSL’s Florida Central Division. This week’s mailbag was pretty full. There were questions about Perea, the opening day starting XI, the Snyder Cut, and Lions as the cast of Friends. Yeah, it was like that. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 238 went down: 0:15 - The Lions dropped a preseason match against NYCFC but got Pato going and gained a Homegrown player. Plus, the United States might as well start wearing purple kits. 24:24 - The Pride didn’t get to visit the Spirit, but that’s the world we’re living in. Meanwhile, poor Marc Skinner will be without Alex Morgan yet again, as she will be on international duty at the start of the NWSL Challenge Cup. 37:23 - The mailbag is full this week and we were up to every challenge our listeners threw at us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 237: Orlando City and Orlando Pride Preseason Games, Home Opener Announced, Daryl Dike, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2021 80:14

    Orlando City is playing games! The Lions kicked off their preseason schedule with a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. We’re here to tell you what we know about it, which honestly isn’t much more than you probably already knew, but we’re discussing it anyway, because why not? Alexander Alvarado was the offensive hero for the Lions and Brandon Austin saw his first minutes with the club. MLS announced the home openers for every team and the Lions will kick off the season against Atlanta this year, which is new. Orlando will also be at home on opening day, which is not new. There will be a familiar face on the other bench for that match as Alex De John has joined the Five Stripes after bailing on Pittsburgh (we kid, we kid). We also talk about the reports that Orlando City turned down a hefty $10 million offer for striker Daryl Dike and what that means for the club, as well as where the Lions will turn for goals without the league’s top rookie from 2020. Also, Pato has arrived and Silvester van der Water should be coming along soon. The Orlando Pride won both of their preseason matches this past weekend, and we discuss the 2-1 victory over Florida State and the 4-0 win over Flagler College. The Pride are working their way toward the NWSL Challenge Cup and it’s good to see the team starting to come together and the players you expect to see scoring goals actually doing that. Inter Miami filled its USL affiliate’s coaching staff with former Orlando City personnel and it’s starting to look a bit more than coincidental that so many ex-OCSC folks are ending up in South Florida. We talk about what Diet Orlando City has been up to but we can’t really tell you why. This week’s mailbag had a question about former Orlando players and whether they could have excelled under Oscar Pareja if he’d been the coach back then. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 237 went down: 0:15 - The Lions won their preseason opener, Orlando City thinks highly of Daryl Dike, and a couple of young players are competing for an Olympic spot. 34:24 - The Pride went 2-0-0 this weekend and what in the world is Inter Miami doing? 55:38 - The mailbag is curious about former Lions who didn’t pan out in Orlando. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 236: Orlando City’s Potential Sale, Daryl Dike, Orlando Pride Challenge Cup News, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 79:53

    Orlando City might be sold to a family that already has a purple team. The Wilf family are reportedly in talks about potentially buying the Lions. But will they also buy the Pride? Exploria Stadium? We aren’t sure just yet, but we’re keeping an eye on things. The club released its new ‘Thick N Thin’ kits and we like some things about it and dislike others. We discuss why we think Daryl Dike will return to Orlando after his season in England, what it means if he doesn’t, and why it’s actually a positive thing to have European teams interested in OCSC players. We’re keeping our eyes on Barnsley’s remaining games and we’re not ready to panic. The Orlando Pride fell 1-0 to Kansas City in the team’s preseason opener and we want to know why it’s mid-March and we still don’t know what to call that team. We have suggestions. Also, we enjoy barbecue. The NWSL Challenge Cup schedule is out and we tell you what we like and don’t like about that as well. The Pride don’t have the best schedule from a club standpoint with both of its home games during the midweek, but at least they’re on national television twice. Orlando will also be allowing fans into the stands for both the Challenge Cup and the NWSL regular season, so after a year without being able to go see Marta in person, you’ll get your chance. This week’s mailbag had questions about Orlando City license plates, the Lions’ new kit and its price tag, whether the club can win some trophies in 2021, and what we thought of WandaVision. We try not to spoil things. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 236 went down: 0:15 - The Lions could be sold, the new kits would probably make a lot of folks happy, and no one should (yet) panic about Dike. 28:48 - The Pride played a preseason match the NWSL Challenge Cup schedule is out, and fans can watch the team in person in 2021. 43:40 - Our listeners had questions about Orlando City’s new kit, license plates, WandaVision, and silverware. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 235: The Suarez Situation, Abi Kim Signs, Pride Preseason News, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2021 83:43

    Orlando City terminated the contract of left back Jonathan Suarez this past week after he and his brother were arrested on sexual battery charges last Tuesday. Obviously this is a terrible subject but we’re talking about it anyway. Nobody will walk away from this unscathed. From a strictly soccer standpoint, the Lions did the right thing and can now work on finding a replacement before the 2021 season starts. We’ve got some thoughts on Orlando’s remaining off-season priorities, jersey numbers for the new guys, and a couple of young Lions are still on the pared-down U.S. preliminary roster for Olympic qualifying. Plus, Inter Miami has a lot of purple on that new coaching staff and some of the league’s new road kits are bad. The SheBelieves Cup wrapped up since our last show and we discuss how that went, particularly for the USWNT and Alex Morgan. We dive into the Pride’s preseason schedule and updated roster, as well as the addition of 2020 draft pick Abi Kim, who the club signed on Tuesday. This week’s mailbag had questions about who might play left back with the current roster if Kyle Smith were unavailable, USWNT jersey selections, and what’s going on in Sacramento with regard to MLS expansion. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 235 went down: 0:15 - Jonathan Suarez came and went without seeing a minute on the pitch with the Lions. We talked about the situation but we didn’t have to like it. 27:45 - The USWNT clinched another SheBelieves Cup title, Alex Morgan is scoring again, the Pride are training and playing preseason matches, and there’s a new player signed to Marc Skinner’s team. 55:40 - Our listeners had questions and we had answers. Oh, and we obviously had to discuss the magic of Ted Lasso’s Jason Sudeikis winning a Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 234: Lions Sign Silvester van der Water, Pride Sign Crystal Thomas, All-Exploria Everything, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2021 60:18

    Orlando City added yet another quality attacking piece to the roster on Tuesday, officially signing Silvester van der Water from Heracles Almelo of the Dutch Eredivisie. The Lions locked up van der Water for three years with a club option and we’re here to talk about what it means for the roster and potential starting lineups. We also discussed the two Lions who were named to the preliminary USMNT U-23 side that will attempt to qualify for the Olympics and one that wasn’t picked. And a former Orlando City draft pick has a new team in USL League One. The Lions weren’t the only team under the club’s umbrella that signed a player on Tuesday. The Orlando Pride added veteran forward Crystal Thomas to add depth to the attacking line. We’ll talk about why the signing of the former Washington Spirit player is a good one for Marc Skinner’s side. The SheBelieves Cup has just one match day left at Exploria Stadium and it appears the USWNT has done about enough to take home the trophy again. Argentina stands in the Yanks’ way tonight and on the undercard Brazil and Canada will square off to try to stay in contention should the U.S. falter. We break down the tournament so far. Speaking of Exploria Stadium, the Canadian Men’s National Team will play a World Cup qualifier in the Lions’ den in March. This week’s mailbag had questions about what van der Water’s addition means for the guys returning to the lineup from last season, and how we’d scramble the players by position just to have some fun. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 234 went down: 0:15 - Dutch winger Silvester van der Water is officially a Lion, a couple of young OCSC players might be playing in Olympic qualifiers soon, and the Pride add a player who can help if they lose two-thirds of their starting forward line to the Olympics. 27:45 - The USWNT is a point away from clinching a second straight SheBelieves Cup and they would be doing it on the Orlando Pride’s home field. Plus, the Canadian men want to call Exploria Stadium home (for a match, anyway). 40:56 - Our listeners want to know about van der Water and where we’d play guys out of position in a match (if we had to). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 233: Alexandre Pato Signing Discussion and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2021 73:22

    Orlando City added Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato this past week after a tumultuous week of getting his signature. The Lions have addressed another key need this off-season and that should pay dividends when the team takes the field this season. We’re here to break down the week that was and discuss how sometimes these kinds of situations take twists and turns. We also address some Lucas Lima rumors that leaked into our Twitter mentions this week and some funny interplay with someone who shares the Palmeiras attacking midfielder’s name. We’ve got a free meal coming at Ponderosa when a certain musician gets vaccinated and makes his way to the City Beautiful and we can’t wait to hit that all-you-can-eat buffet! The SheBelieves Cup is coming to Exploria Stadium this week and we know which Orlando Pride players will be suiting up for their national teams for the tournament. We’ll have full coverage of the event and we’re hoping there are no Jordyn Listro slide tackles on Alex Morgan or Marta this week. This week’s mailbag had questions about Pato and our zoological preferences If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 233 went down: 0:15 - Pato has joined the Lions and we’re going to talk about how it almost didn’t happen after it almost did and then finally it really did. Confused yet? Well, you will be. 43:30 - We dive into our mailbag to answer our listener (viewer?) questions about Pato and what his arrival means for Orlando City and Daryl Dike. 1:01:24 - For absolutely no reason at all, I discuss my decision to rewatch Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. I have been punished enough, so don’t @ me. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 232: Orlando City Signings and Rumors, MLS CBA Ratified, Pride Re-Sign Leroux, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 64:18

    Orlando City addressed one major roster need within the last week and appears poised to fill another. Left back Jonathan Suarez is in the fold for 2021 — a much-needed backup for the recovering Joao Moutinho — and Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato could be added soon as well, if he accepts the club’s offer. We’re breaking down those moves/potential moves and discussing the Major League Soccer collective bargaining agreement. We’re not having a lockout! Plus: Daryl Dike’s Barnsley debut was delayed by poor pitch conditions and former Orlando City center back Alex De John has a new team up north, but not in MLS. The Orlando Pride locked down Sydney Leroux for the next three (and maybe four) years with a surprising contract offer. She signed it, so we can expect Syd to be around for a while. Marc Skinner’s team also managed to sign newly acquired midfielder Erika Tymrak as the club continues to shape its roster for 2021. Plus, Carson Pickett is headed to North Carolina in exchange for a player who may or may not be signed at some point. This week’s mailbag had questions about the Super Bowl halftime show and how we’d program it if given the chance. It turns out that we’ve got some opinions on that. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 232 went down: 0:15 - The CBA has been ratified, so no more lockout talk. The Lions get another player on a loan with a purchase option, and we wait to see if Pato will join the fold. 24:18 - The Orlando Pride re-sign one player, sign another after recently acquiring her rights, and say goodbye to Carson Pickett. 39:39 - Our mailbag reminds us that a horrible Twitter meme came out of this year’s Super Bowl. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 231: USMNT at Exploria, Daryl Dike’s Loan, Pride Open Camp, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2021 76:20

    This week’s show starts with a little United States Men’s National Team talk as the Yanks visited Exploria Stadium with four Lions on the roster. Three of those Orlando City players got in the game on a night when the USMNT demolished the overmatched Soca Warriors. The U.S. is unbeaten and untied at Exploria, with the men and women each posting 4-0-0 records so far on Orlando City’s home grounds. The big news out of Orlando City this week was Daryl Dike’s loan to Barnsley FC. We discuss what that short-term loan means for both Dike and the club, and where it leaves the current roster. Of course, without a season the loan is a moot point, so we also discuss the current status of the collective bargaining agreement talks between MLS and the MLSPA and how dumb a work stoppage would be for the league. The Orlando Pride opened preseason camp on Monday and we break down the current roster and the recent trade that brought more quality to the midfield, even if it did cost Orlando original Pride player Kristen Edmonds. We take a look at various position groups and where a signing might be needed, and chat a little about the SheBelieves Cup call-ups. This week’s mailbag had questions about what shows to binge watch, which 2020 Lion we’d replace in the starting lineup, and how Dike will fit in at Barnsley. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 231 went down: 0:15 - Poor Benji Michel missed a rare opportunity at a USMNT debut in his hometown on his club grounds. We sympathize, but it was a huge night for the Yanks overall. Also, Dike’s going away but not forever. 27:26- WoSo talk surpasses men’s soccer talk in total running time as we get into the latest Pride happenings prior to and with the opening of preseason training. 57:23 - Our mailbag is good again! Thanks for sending in questions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 230: Ian Fleming Interview, Orlando City and Pride News, National Team Talk, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 92:57


    We’re back with another off-season show. It feels a bit weird to us to have more than one in an off-season month, but we’re getting used to it. This week’s show kicks off with discussions of the latest Orlando City news, as we break down the MLS SuperDraft, the addition of goalkeeper Brandon Austin on loan from Tottenham, and the MLS dropping some key dates, including opening weekend. The Orlando Pride continue to make off-season moves, and we’ll tell you about the latest ones — namely, the signings of Jordyn Listro and Phoebe McClernon. The Pride roster is beginning to take shape. Speaking of the Pride, we are joined by the team’s new general manager, Ian Fleming, who talks to us about a variety of topics, including his philosophy of improving the team, the use of NWSL Allocation Money, the status of the still-unsigned players (and those who chose to finish their seasons in England), his first NWSL Draft with the club, and more. We thank Ian for being so generous with his time and so informative about the goings-on with the Pride. We then turned our attention to the U.S. national teams, with the women recently completing a pair of friendly wins over Colombia at Exploria Stadium. Pride defender Ali Krieger took part in the second of those victories on her club’s home pitch. It made for a nice warm-up for next month’s SheBelieves Cup, which will also take place at Exploria. After that, we discuss the four Lions who made the roster for the USMNT’s friendly against Trinidad & Tobago on Jan. 31 at...you guessed it, Exploria Stadium. We talk about who we think will get minutes and what Gregg Berhalter and Chris Mueller had to say from the U.S. camp on Monday. The mailbag was a bit light again this week but we give our responses to questions about the Pride’s back line and what might happen on the second season of Ted Lasso. It turns out we spend way too much time thinking about fictional team AFC Richmond. But you probably already knew that. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 230 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City’s SuperDraft haul and what I saw when I watched some of them on YouTube, plus a new goalkeeper arrives from the EPL, the Pride sign a couple of young players, and more. 25:35 - We pick the brain of Pride GM Ian Fleming. 47:04 - USWNT and USMNT talk — heavily skewed towards Orlando — and our mailbag asks us about one of our favorite subjects, Ted Lasso. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    PawedCast Episode 229: Orlando City and Pride News, the NWSL Draft, SheBelieves Cup, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 104:19


    It’s our first show of 2021 after a couple of weeks off (so happy new year!) and we’re rejuvenated and ready to talk about stuff. Orlando City had a little news since our last show, including ripping up Robin Jansson’s option year and signing the Beefy Swede to a new multi-year deal. We’re here to talk about that being good for Orlando and the FIFA switch being good for Lions midfielder Andres Perea. Exploria Stadium is hosting all of the events and we’re happy about that. We talk about the entirety of the SheBelieves Cup coming to Orlando on the heels of a pair of USWNT friendlies against Colombia. The Orlando Pride had a lot of news to break down, dating back to Christmas Eve. There were a lot of player signings — some with the Pride and some with European teams — to discuss. The team is somewhat taking shape for 2021 but there are still some questions that need to be answered. One question that has been answered is who the Pride’s new general manager will be, and it turns out that it’s Ian Fleming. We provide some background on the new GM and what the hiring means for Orlando. The NWSL Draft took place Wednesday night and it was a long one. The league needed about five hours to get through 40 picks and some teams are probably still in their timeouts. The Pride selected four new faces — one in each round — and we’re here to tell you about those and hash out their overall value on the squad. The mailbag was a little light this week but we still managed to ramble on a bit about Inter Miami and what that team’s name should be if Inter Milan is successful in its legal fight. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 229 went down: 0:15 - Andres Perea is a Yank, the Beefy Swede will be in Orlando a while, Exploria Stadium lands another major event, and lots of Pride news. 51:14 - The Pride picked up four players in the NWSL Draft. Let us tell you about them. 1:22:15 - Our mailbag bags on Inter Miami and we throw in some random, semi-coherent ramblings that may or may not entertain you, depending on your interests. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


    PawedCast Episode 228: Orlando City transfer rumors, Orlando Pride News, Concacaf Champions League and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 75:36

    As we move into the holiday season, it’s the time for giving. The internet has given us a nice, juicy Orlando City transfer rumor to discuss, so we break down a report out of Portugal and why it doesn’t make sense for the Lions. Also, our sources say it isn’t happening and we believe them, otherwise, they wouldn’t be our sources! Speaking of that, we’ll get into all of the questions that people were asking about when our initial story came out. There was plenty of news regarding the Orlando Pride, including a report of a trade involving Emily Sonnett to the Washington Spirit. We don’t have as good of a read on whether this one is happening but we still debunk some of the social media noise surrounding the deal. Alex Morgan made things happen in England during her short stay and we’re not talking about on the field. Kudos to Alex for getting the Tottenham women’s team equal facilities for training. We also discuss the Concacaf Champions League, which wrapped up at Exploria Stadium on Tuesday night. It was a valiant effort from LAFC, and the MLS side nearly did enough to win it, but in the end, maybe Bob Bradley’s side needed to lose in order to win next time out. Or, like Tigres, maybe they need to lose three times to win the fourth. Something like that. We had nothing in the mailbag this week but we forgive you. It’s a busy time of year. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 228 went down: 0:15 - Franco Cervi isn’t likely to land in Orlando. We tell you why it doesn’t make sense for the Lions and I rant about Twitter comments because why not? 23:28 - Orlando Pride stars Emily Sonnet and Alex Morgan are in the news. We discuss. 49:11 - The Concacaf Champions League got really Concacaf-y, and what you can expect on The Mane Land in the coming days. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 227: Chris Mueller’s USMNT Debut, Kamal Miller’s Departure, SuperDraft News, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 95:47

    As we move through December, there’s still plenty of soccer news to discuss, and we start this show with a discussion of Chris Mueller’s outstanding USMNT debut against El Salvador last week. Cash showed he belonged in the discussion to be in the player pool and that his first big moment wasn’t too big for him. We also discuss the MLS Expansion Draft and Orlando City losing defender Kamal Miller, who then got swapped to Montreal for a bunch of Garber Bucks and a first-round draft pick. The Concacaf Champions League is back underway and now it’s at Exploria Stadium, so we talked about the first two quarterfinal matches that took place Tuesday night, Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar’s short loan spell with New York City FC, and NYFC’s new habit of getting knocked out of competitions while in the city of Orlando. The Florida Cup is still on for 2021 but the dates will change. We’ll keep you up to date when new dates are available. Orlando City has a new eMLS player for 2021. Do we care? Well, Dave and I don’t really pay much attention to that kind of thing but if you’re into that, well, now you’ve got a new champion. We give our kudos to OCSC for being among the Class of 2020 for the Best Employers in Sports, too, plus OCB and Orlando Pride players have gotten national team call-ups. Our mailbag is overflowing this week, and we discuss Kevin Molino’s availability now that he’s leaving Minnesota, plus some questions about the Pride, podcasting, and even college football. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 227 went down: 0:15 - The Money Badger is having himself a year, and now USMNT Head Coach Gregg Berhalter has to put him on speed dial. Also, we’ll miss Kamal Miller now that he’s off to Montreal. 27:28 - Lots of miscellaneous news, including Florida Cup, a new eMLS player for Orlando, call-ups, and more. 48:55 - The mailbag has us going off on several tangents. Please forgive us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 226: Luiz Muzzi Interview, Roster Decisions, Joao Moutinho Surgery, Pride News, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 91:17

    Since our last show, there has been plenty of news and we’re here to discuss it — some of it with a very special guest. Orlando City announced its post-season roster decisions and we discuss them, even though none of them were all that surprising. The biggest talking point was that Dom Dwyer is now a free agent, but even that wasn’t all that big of a surprise. We’re also talking about Chris Mueller, Daryl Dike, and Andres Perea getting call-ups to the U.S. Men’s National Team. (The show was recorded prior to last night’s match, so we didn’t get to celebrate Mueller’s big night.) Also, Joao Moutinho had surgery and that’s unfortunately going to take a while to recover from, so there’s that. OCSC Executive Vice President of Soccer Operations Luiz Muzzi joins us this week and we discuss the 2020 season, what the priorities are for the off-season, how the Lions handled the COVID-19 pandemic so well, Moutinho’s injury, and more. Big thanks to Luiz for joining us and being so generous with his time. We touched on the Utah Royals moving to Kansas City and the European interest in Orlando Pride defender Emily Sonnett. Losing Sonnett would make the trade for her disastrous, so hopefully Marc Skinner can convince her to stay with Orlando. Our mailbag asks us about Designated Player slots, Christmas decorations, and Patreon possibilities. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 226 went down: 0:15 - We go through Orlando City’s roster decisions, the loaned players who were purchased, and which players are leaving. Plus, Lions on the USMNT and Joao’s ouchie. 34:05 - Luiz Muzzi joins us and gives us the front office perspective of 2020 and the upcoming off-season. 52:34 - NWSL and Orlando Pride talk and this week’s mailbag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 225: New England Revolution Rewind, Player Signings, Lions Called Up to USMNT, NWSL News, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2020 119:35

    It’s never easy to say goodbye to your team at the end of the year, but here we are. Orlando City is done for the 2020 season after bowing out of the playoffs against the New England Revolution. It was a game filled with talking points and turning points and nearly all of them were bad for the Lions. We’re here to dive extremely deeply into Sunday’s Eastern Conference semifinal, point out that some players didn’t perform as poorly as people would have you believe, and select our Man of the Match for the final time in 2020. After the bad, we get to talk about the good. Two Orlando City stars have been signed on for 2021 (and beyond in the case of Antonio Carlos). The team’s discipline is actually better than the team showed in the postseason and we break that down as well. Three Lions have been selected to the U.S. Men’s National Team camp ahead of next week’s game against El Salvador. And the NWSL has released its details about the 2021 draft and we tell you where the Pride will be picking and why. Our mailbag is light this week, but we have answers. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 225 went down: 0:15 - The Lions are done for the year after a tough loss that had a chance to turn out so much better. We hate to say goodbye to the season, so this is a lengthy breakdown section. 1:03:27 - Two of the team’s better players have been locked down for another year or more, three young Lions step onto the international stage at the senior level for the first time, the NWSL will hold its draft in a few weeks, and our mailbag dives into Orlando City’s history. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 224: New York City FC Rewind, Suspensions, New England Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2020 111:20

    Orlando City is nothing if not on brand. The Lions advanced in their historic first playoff match but didn’t even win it. The result will go down as a draw, with the lads in purple advancing on penalties after the weirdest shootout most people have ever seen. But hey, how many times do you get to celebrate advancing in the playoffs three times in one day? We break down the Lions’ incredible shootout victory after a hard-fought 1-1 draw against New York City FC and make our selections for our Man of the Match. Jake Catanese from The Bent Musket was kind enough to stop by and help us preview Sunday’s unexpected match-up against the New England Revolution. We haven’t seen the Revs for a while, so it was good to get some insight from Jake on where the team is heading under Bruce Arena and what we might be able to expect on Sunday. After our segment with Jake, we discuss league officiating double standards and whether they mean anything at all. We also talk about the Pride players who are and are not with the USWNT for Friday’s match and we touch on the death of Diego Maradona. Our mailbag has questions, as usual, and we have answers. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we’re here with our key match-ups and predictions for Sunday’s match against New England. That’s all for this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here’s how show No. 224 went down: 0:15 - The Lions got their first MLS postseason “win” on Saturday but it took some doing and they had to work overtime to get there. What happened? What worked? What didn’t? 36:36 - Jake Catanese provides information about an opponent Orlando City normally sees a couple times per year (but this is 2020 so the teams haven’t met yet). 58:09 - We’re thankful for this week’s mailbag and to our listeners, plus, there are key match-ups and predictions to discuss. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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