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    PawedCast Episode 318: Orlando City Off-Season Moves, the USMNT at the World Cup and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 69:58


    After a week off for the Thanksgiving holiday, we are back and ready to talk about some Orlando City news. We would also be happy to talk about some Orlando Pride news, but there hasn't been much of that. So, we've got some moves by the club to discuss this week. We start with the addition of midfielder Felipe Martins, who was most recently with Austin FC and has had success elsewhere in his MLS career — particularly with the New York Red Bulls. We opine on the move overall, where Martins fits in with the Lions, and how the midfield is shaping up. Speaking of the midfield, Orlando City re-signed captain Mauricio Pereyra to a new two-year contract and he's no longer occupying a Designated Player slot, so that's a bonus. Mauri has been a good player for the club and it'll be good to have him around for a couple more years and it'll be even better if he's got a top-notch new DP to feed the ball to in 2023 and 2024. There was also a departure, albeit an expected one and not one that affects the roster as it stood at the end of the season. Alexander Alvarado's loan to LDU de Quito is now permanent and the winger is no longer on Orlando City's books. We wish Alexander the best of luck in Ecuador. The World Cup group stage is wrapping up and the United States Men's National Team is moving on into the Round of 16! We discuss the young Yanks' World Cup performances so far. It's encouraging to see a young team doing well on the big stage and although we'd obviously love to see the USMNT go as far as possible, we're more excited about the prospect of these guys being in their prime when the event is hosted in North America in 2026. This week's mailbag asked us who our favorite USMNT player is and what Orlando City needs to do this off-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. Programming Note: We are in our monthly off-season schedule for recording new episodes, but if the news cycle warrants it, we will of course put out new shows more frequently, as needed. In other words, we might be back in a week or a month. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 318 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City's off-season is in full swing and the team has been making moves. We talked about those that have been made and those still yet to come. 19:53 - The USMNT is through the group without having conceded from open play and without having tasted defeat. Those are good things, but this team still has another gear and we hope the Yanks can find it. 51:43 - Mailbagbox time! USMNT favorites and Orlando City's needs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 317: Orlando City / Pride Roster Decisions, Transfers & Signings, and Other Off-Season News

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 96:20


    We're back! It's been a much-needed few weeks off as we transitioned into our off-season podcasting schedule, which is generally monthly unless the news cycle dictates we add shows. The off-season had been a quiet one for a couple of weeks and now things are happening, so here we are. Orlando City and the Orlando Pride each released their end-of-2022 roster decisions, so it gave us a chance to see how we did in terms of our predictions of which players would stay or go from both teams. We're doing pretty well so far and could pick up more “wins” depending on whether or not players who were offered new deals end up re-signing. We walk through the surprises and non-surprises and analyze what some of the moves might mean as the teams head into 2023. On the Orlando City side, we also discussed Pedro Gallese's award for MLS Save of the Year, the addition of defender Luca Petrasso from Toronto FC, the loss of Nicholas Gioacchini to St. Louis City SC in the MLS Expansion Draft, the loss of Junior Urso to whatever personal reasons prompted his return to Brazil, Facundo Torres making Uruguay's World Cup roster, and the rumors about Arsenal's interest in signing Torres. We also talked briefly about Jack Lynn being part of San Antonio FC, which won the USL Championship title in this week's final. Big congratulations to Jack and to former Lions Santiago Patino (the MVP of the final), David Loera, and P.C. This week's mailbag asked us when it's OK to put up Christmas decorations, whether we'd support Orlando City signing Josef Martinez, and what we thought of She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, Star Wars: Andor, and House of the Dragon. 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. After answering the mail, we turned our attention toward the Orlando Pride. We are happy for Seb Hines on getting the head coaching gig, but is he set up to succeed? And should he have been hired prior to finding whoever is going to be his new boss? Speaking of that, we say goodbye to former Pride GM Ian Fleming, as the club has parted ways with him as part of the restructuring of that position. We discuss the re-signing of Ally Watt and Haley Hanson, and whether the club is really ready to walk the walk after talking the talk. Programming Note: We are in our monthly off-season schedule for recording new episodes, but if the news cycle warrants it, we will of course put out new shows more frequently, as needed. In other words, we might be back in a week or a month. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 317 went down: 0:15 - Lots of Orlando City news! We've got comings and goings and mild surprises with regard to the off-season roster decisions. Also, please keep Mikel Arteta away from Facu. 36:46 - Mailbagbox time! We only have a couple of questions but they required some thoughtful responses. We did our best with that. 1:00:26 - The Pride face another vital off-season and although a lot of good things have been said and positive things have happened, there's still a lot to be concerned about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 316: Montreal Rewind, Our Annual Stays/Goes Predictions for Both Lions and Pride, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 118:41


    Orlando City‘s season is over. The Lions were unceremoniously dumped by a team from a city where they call goals “buts” and they put mayonaisse on their cheeseburgers — on purpose! Orlando may have fallen to CF Montreal but that was a game that could have gone either way and it illustrates the importance of winning enough in the regular season to host games in the postseason. We break down the Lions' 2-0 loss to the Clubfoots and make our selections for Man of the Match. We also check in on our predictions to see how well we prognosticated the outcome. After a little discussion about the season and the kneejerk reactions some folks had to the bitter finality of the 2022 campaign, we reflect on how things went pretty well this year, all things considered, and how it sets up 2023. After that, we embark on our annual “stays or goes” predictions for both Orlando City and the Orlando Pride. If you're not familiar with this, it's what we do after every season, going through the roster, touching on each player's contract status (as best we can, in some cases), and trying to predict which players will be back and which ones won't (and sometimes opining a bit about it). This week's mailbag asked us about other teams and sports we follow, whether Oscar Pareja's job is in jeopardy, and which front office personnel we'd swap out if we could. We're not sure really how to answer that last one but we gave it a go anyway. 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. Programming note: We'll be taking next week off to recharge our batteries a bit, unless some news breaks that we feel we must address without waiting a week. That could take many forms, but it might just be the end-of-season contract decisions, the hiring of an Orlando Pride coach, or something of that nature. But we really hope we're going to be off next week! Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 316 went down: 0:15 - The season is over and everything is bad forever, or at least until it becomes good again. Our thoughts on the CF Montreal match, how it unfolded, and on the 2022 Orlando City season in general. 32:49 - It's time for our annual walk through the Orlando City and Pride rosters to try to figure out which players will stay and which ones will be gone when opening day arrives in 2023. There's a lot less guesswork involved when you have the actual contract durations, but there are no guarantees! 1:29:35 - The mailbag has a little bit of a defeatest tone overall this week but we're more than capable of meeting it with a stiff upper lip. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 315: Miami & Crew Rewinds, Amanda Cromwell Fallout, Montreal Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 98:15


    Orlando City‘s week didn't start out so hot with a 4-1 thumping in South Florida putting the Lions outside the playoff picture, looking in. Facing a must-win game with neither starting center back due to Antonio Carlos' suspension and Robin Jansson's season-ending surgery, Orlando fell behind at home against Columbus and things were looking bleak. Then everything changed. Junior Urso and Benji Michel each pulled off perhaps their best touch of the ball all season in the second half against the Crew, leading the Lions back. Urso took care of his own finish, while Michel's shot drew a penalty for handball on Milos Degenek that Facundo Torres converted. Ultimately, after the officiating crew figured out who was supposed to be on the pitch for stoppage time, Orlando City clinched a postseason berth for the third consecutive year, jumping over the Crew. We've got our analysis of both matches and our selections for Man of the Match. There are plenty of accolades go go around. In less pleasant news, the Orlando Pride finally got a resolution to the investigation into Amanda Cromwell and Sam Greene. It did not go well, as allegations against both for verbal abuse, favoritism, and retaliation were substantiated and both are out of a job after their contracts were terminated by the NWSL. It's a black eye for the club and you can't say the hire had zero red flags, but this was still an unexpected end to a short coaching tenure. The Pride are looking for their next head coach and they must find someone who places the highest value on integrity, but who can also coach. We wish the Pride all the luck in the world with the search. The USWNT has had a terrible time in Europe over the last week and we touch on that a little but it too is a bit depressing at a time we want to be happy. This week's mailbag asked us to make Orlando City upgrades in the off-season, which team we would have chosen for a first-round match-up, 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. Finally, we previewed Orlando City's visit to Quebec this Sunday, where the Lions will face CF Montreal in a first-round MLS Cup playoff match. We gave our key match-ups for the game and made an attempt to predict the final score. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 315 went down: 0:15 - The Lions split two matches and squeaked into the playoffs. It was bad before it was good. And now there's a chance at another trophy, albeit a longshot. 48:27 - The Pride are without a head coach and the search is on after Cromwell and Greene were found to have abused their positions. The USWNT may be getting paid like the men but we wish they wouldn't have started to play like them. (OK, that was too mean. Sorry.) 1:04:39 - The mailbag is pretty full this week and we give our key match-ups and score predictions for Montreal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 314: NYCFC Rewind, Pride-Reign, Miami & Crew Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 98:46


    Orlando City was a little groggy after the international break and despite taking a lead early in the second half against New York City FC, the Lions couldn't kill off the pesky Pigeons and conceded twice to lose a vital match in the chase for a playoff spot. That leaves Orlando in a precarious position with two matches left to play. Both are winnable, but both are also loseable and the Lions are not exactly in their best run of form after losing three of the last four. We break down the game at Red Bull Arena (seriously, build a damn stadium already, NYCFC!) and make our picks for Man of the Match from the 2-1 road loss. The Orlando Pride mercifully ended their tumultuous 2022 campaign by following their seven-game unbeaten run with a six-game winless skid to close the season. The Pride were never really in it against the Reign, who went on to win not only the game, but the NWSL Shield as well. It's going to be an interesting off-season for GM Ian Fleming and the Pride organization, and it sure would be nice if the league would let us know if Amanda Cromwell is out or not. We also touched on the depressing report by the independent investigation into player abuse in women's professional soccer and some of the horrific things that we learned from it and we just want the players to be safe. That's it. That's all that matters. This week's mailbag asked us to name names, and I did. We also explained how to achieve “friend of the pod” status and improved one aspect of five Orlando City players. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we previewed Orlando City's visit south to take on Tropic Thunder rival Inter Miami tonight and the regular-season finale against the Columbus Crew on Sunday, giving our key match-ups and score predictions. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 314 went down: 0:15 - The Lions lost a vital chance to all but assure themselves a spot in the postseason and now comes the white knuckle finish. 27:59 - The Pride ended the season as they started, by being bad at soccer. 56:29 - The mailbag beckons us. Plus, key match-ups and score predictions for Miami and Columbus. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 313: Orlando Pride Rewinds, USMNT, and New York City FC Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 56:10


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    PawedCast Episode 312: Atlanta & Toronto Rewinds, Pride-Louisville, OCB Closes Season, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 90:45


    Orlando City had a pair of split results at home since our last show, with a good performance overall but a severe lack of finishing in a 1-0 loss to Atlanta United during another wet, weather-delayed, midweek match. The Lions could just about have put the Five Stripes' playoff chances on life support but instead Atlanta is knocking on the door and Orlando has more to do if it wants to both clinch and perhaps challenge for a home postseason match. We break down the loss and select our Man of the Match. Things went much more to our liking on Saturday with Toronto FC coming to town looking to keep its faint playoff hopes alive. Instead, this time the Lions stuck the dagger in and eliminated the Reds with a 4-0 beatdown at home to go into the international break on a high note. It was Orlando's biggest regular-season win of the season and biggest ever win over Toronto. We were unanimous again in our Man of the Match selection and it wasn't Facundo Torres, even though he made the MLS Team of the Week, which can be stupid, for reasons we explain on the show. The Pride fell out of playoff contention with a third straight loss and second consecutive via shutout despite having some glorious early scoring chances at Louisville. The team gave it a valiant effort under Interim Head Coach Seb Hines but fizzled at the end of the season as the Pride have done in six of their seven seasons of existence. We discuss the road loss to Racing Louisville and prepare for the worst with North Carolina and San Diego coming in to try to feast on the scraps this week. OCB's season was figuratively over before but now it is literally over after the Young Lions blew a 1-0 lead late and lost 2-1 at home to Toronto FC II on Decision Day to close out their first MLS Next Pro season. While OCB can't hurt us anymore, it will be interesting to keep an eye on what happens with the players this off-season and if any Homegrown signings take place. Jack Lynn was shipped off to San Antonio in the USL Championship, where we hope he gets some playing time at the second tier level. This week's mailbag asked us to draft basketball teams from the Avengers and Justice League members, wanted us to describe MLS, and gave us the keys to a time machine. 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. With the Lions off this weekend, there were no key match-ups or predictions for Orlando City this week. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 312 went down: 0:15 - The Lions suffered a loss but then got a win, so it was an even week and the team got a few points closer to the postseason but there is still a lot of work to do in the final three games of the season. 32:08 - The Pride and OCB continued to be bad this week and we are not pleased with this development (or lack of any development). 55:00 - We open the mail and for some reason, I had to pick last in a draft for no apparent reason just days after my birthday. Come on! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 311: Sacramento & Philly Rewinds, Pride-Thorns, OCB, Atlanta & Toronto Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 94:16


    Orlando City went and did the thing, winning the 2022 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup. The Lions claimed a trophy with a resounding (but difficult) 3-0 victory over Sacramento Republic FC thanks in large part to the efforts of Facundo Torres and Benji Michel in the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time. Most of The Mane Land staff was on hand to see this historic event and we're all still basking in the glow of a championship and the prospect of Orlando playing in the Concacaf Champions League. However, this is Central Florida and a little rain is going to fall, obviously. In this case it was allegations of spying lodged before the game by Sacramento. We'll have to keep an eye on what transpires from the investigation but at this point we're not expecting anything major to come from it and we hope that is the case. With the good and the bad comes the ugly, and this past week it was the treatment of Taylor Twellman on social media for the high crime of breaking unwelcome news. Others reported it without much more detail without the vitriol. Having just had a phone conversation with Twellman about Orlando City earlier in the day and having heard the compliments he gave our city and fans just a few hours before that news broke. He reiterated that online but with the unfortunate timing of it being right after his news-breaking tweet and it was met with some true ugliness. That was unfortunate. The Lions went to Philly and took a worse beating than we expected but not a surprising one, all things considered. We'll take the trade-off since it was always going to be a difficult fixture. Orlando City will turn its attention toward a vital two-game homestand now. The Pride lost their second straight — this one at home against the Portland Thorns. Seb Hines' team has no margin for error in the playoff chase and must get a result in Louisville to realistically stay in the fight. OCB played like a team that had just been eliminated from playoff contention with a 6-1 beating at Philadelphia Union II. Honestly, the less said about the Young Lions' match on Sunday, the better. This week's mailbag asked whether college sports are best enjoyed at home or in person. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's upcoming home matches against Atlanta United and Toronto FC. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 311 went down: 0:15 - The Lions got a shiny trinket for the trophy case but the buildup wasn't without drama and we address all of it. 48:07 - Orlando City got whacked by a team that's been whacking everyone, the Pride seem to be back to their pre-unbeaten-streak form, and OCB was awful on Sunday. 1:16:53 - We open the mail and look ahead to Atlanta and Toronto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 310: Seattle Rewind, Benji Michel Interview, OCB, Sacramento & Philly Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 88:05


    Orlando City SC found a new way to win last Wednesday, falling behind 2-0 to the Seattle Sounders — a team the Lions had never previously beaten — and then rallying back from two goals down to win, 3-2. That happened despite Mauricio Pereyra missing a penalty kick in the first half that would have pulled the Lions level before the break. The team continues to show resiliency and found a way to win despite rotating the squad and falling behind. We break down Orlando's fourth consecutive victory and second straight at home and make our selections for Man of the Match. Another Lion made MLS Team of the Week, so we mentioned that as well. Benji Michel dropped by to talk about the team's U.S. Open Cup final tonight against Sacramento Republic, which is a special moment for the Orlando native and OCSC Homegrown Player. He also touched on the team's ongoing winning streak and why the team just keeps finding ways to win at the end of games in recent weeks. Big thanks to Benji for his time. The Orlando Pride were off this week but they'll be back in action Friday night at home in a critical match against the Portland Thorns. Every point is precious if the Pride are to keep their postseason hopes alive for 2022. OCB, however, is officially eliminated from playoff contention after the Young Lions fell 2-0 at New England Revolution II. It's been a bit of an up-and-down first season in MLS NEXT Pro for OCB but hopefully the player development side will pay dividends. This week's mailbag invited us for drinks, asked us about tifos, and wants our advice on pregame festivities. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's U.S. Open Cup final against Sacramento Republic FC and Saturday's road game at the Philadelphia Union. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 310 went down: 0:15 - The Lions picked up their first win against Seattle in dramatic fashion. 25:10 - Benji Michel hops on to discuss the cup final tonight, what this moment means to him, and the team's recent form. 37:20 - We touch on the Pride and OCB, answer our mail, and make our predictions for two huge matches coming up this week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 309: NYCFC Rewind, Pride-Reign, OCB, Seattle Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 69:33


    Orlando City SC extended its winning streak to a season-best three games but that almost didn't happen. Tesho Akindele's header deep in stoppage time turned a good performance with a meh result into a good performance with a great result at the death. Tesho is making late game-winning goals a habit and that's one that we hope he just can't quit. David Rohe and I are breaking down the latest win by the Lions — at home, no less! — and make our selections for Man of the Match. We also talked about the Lions who were honored this week with an appearance on the MLS Team of the Week. While the Lions finally got a streak going, the Orlando Pride saw theirs come to an end. The seven-game unbeaten run was halted in the 92nd minute on Friday night by Megan Rapinoe, who lifted OL Reign to a late 2-1 win over the Pride at Exploria Stadium. It was a massive game as far as playoff implications and a match the Pride really could have used as a springboard above the postseason line. Alas... Orlando City B split the difference between the senior side and the Pride, with a 2-2 draw Monday night at Osceola County Stadium against FC Cincinnati 2. The Young Lions got a brace from teenage sensation Favian Loyola but it wasn't enough for the win. To make matters worse, the visitors won the post-draw penalty shootout, 7-6, to claim an additional point in the standings. Loyola's brace was a fantastic celebration of the MLS NEXT Pro contract he had signed earlier in the day. We look forward to seeing how that young man develops as a player over the coming years. This week's mailbag asked us about Welcome to Wrexham, Only Murders in the Building, the choice we'd make between a cup final appearance and home-field advantage in the MLS playoffs, and the biopics we'd like to see. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's upcoming match tonight at home against the Seattle Sounders. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 309 went down: 0:15 - The Lions might not exactly have gotten “hot,” but they have picked up some wins and it's always nice to beat New York City FC. 27:31 - The Pride did not win or draw. This displeases us. OCB did not win but did draw. That's fine. 41:29 - We answer our mail and make our predictions for the Lions against the Sounders in a midweek tilt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 308: Charlotte Rewind, Pride-Gotham, OCB, NYCFC Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 81:57


    Orlando City SC went a second straight week without any of its three teams suffering a defeat. Although it would be foolish to get used to that, it feels kind of great and if it continued, I'd never complain about it. The Lions went to North Carolina — and so did I — and brought home all three points after a 2-1 win against expansion side Charlotte FC, getting a season sweep by the same scoreline. We break down Orlando City's second consecutive road victory — which included the return of Ercan Kara — and make our selections for Man of the Match. We also discussed the surgery Alexandre Pato will have in his native Brazil and the chances we'll ever see the Duck in purple again. Next up for the Lions is fellow 2015 MLS expansion rival New York City FC but Orlando will be without midfield maestro Mauricio Pereyra (due to yellow card suspension). The Pride stretched their unbeaten run to seven matches, matching the club's second-longest such streak in its history. Orlando went on the road and beat Gotham FC 2-1 with new striker Ally Watt providing the margin of victory. The team has managed to crawl within a few points of the playoff line and if Seb Hines can continue to will his team on to a few more results, a disastrous start to the season will be long forgotten. Orlando's NWSL side also added a defender to the roster this week. Haley Hanson has joined the club to provide more depth to a Pride team that appears to have fewer holes now than when the season began. OCB played twice since our last show and managed to get two results, defeating Rochester New York FC and drawing Columbus Crew 2. The 5-2 win over Rochester was assisted by several first-team players and I'm not saying Tesho Akindele's goal for OCB led to his game winner on Sunday night, but I'm also not not saying it. The kids played against Crew 2 on the weekend and got a 2-2 home draw despite seeing two players sent off. This week's mailbag asked us to provide kickball walk-up music for several Orlando City players and we did just that. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's upcoming match this Sunday night at home against New York City FC. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 308 went down: 0:15 - The Lions got the season sweep over Charlotte with a win on the fake plastic grass of Bank of America Stadium. 33:54 - The Pride made it two straight wins by dispatching Gotham. 59:59 - We answer our mail and make our predictions for the Lions against NYCFC. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 307: Red Bulls Rewind, Pride-Wave, OCB, Charlotte Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 80:07


    Orlando City SC had a rare nine-point weekend across the three teams and, for the first time in history, the Lions, Pride, and OCB all won without conceding a goal on the same weekend. The Young Lions got things started with a 2-0 win at New York City FC II, followed by Orlando City's 1-0 win at the New York Red Bulls, and capped by the Pride's 1-0 win at San Diego Wave FC. That doesn't mean it was a perfect weekend of soccer (said the Manchester United fan), but the results from the club — three wins out of three —- were as good as you can get. Dave Rohe and I break down Orlando City's 1-0 win at New York, which included a heartbreaking injury to Alexandre Pato. While the severity isn't known at the time of this writing, things don't sound promising. We selected our Man of the Match (this time we weren't unanimous) and talked about Facundo Torres' weekly honor. The Orlando Pride not only extended their unbeaten streak, they even got a win instead of another draw. Meggie Dougherty Howard's penalty kick goal was enough to lift the Pride to a win over a lot of their former teammates who now ply their trade in San Diego. Alex Morgan looked particularly dangerous all night but generously rocked the woodwork instead of scoring. Seb Hines' bunch are fun to watch and if they can find just a little bit more quality, they could even flirt with a potential playoff spot as the season winds down. To that end, the Pride added speedy forward Ally Watt from OL Reign this week, and Haley Brugeja finally made the match day squad, so Hines might have some attacking reinforcements arriving to help the squad try to get to that next level. OCB bounced back from last week's loss by beating NYCFC II behind Jack Lynn's brace. And while Dave and I don't share some folks' enthusiasm for letting Lynn play for the first team just quite yet, we do enjoy seeing the rookie put the ball in the net for the Young Lions. This week's mailbag asked us whether Hines is the Pride's version of Ted Lasso and how we would sort Orlando City players into the various houses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's upcoming match this Sunday night on the road in North Carolina against Charlotte FC. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 307 went down: 0:15 - The Lions attempted only two shots, but one of them went in and that was enough. 26:16 - The Pride just keep finding ways to get results and they're about to add another forward. Plus, OCB got a win away from home. 53:21 - We answer our mail and make our predictions for the Lions against Charlotte. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 306: Revs Rewind, Pride-Angel City, OCB, Red Bulls Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 67:16


    Orlando City just flat out sucked on Saturday night. There's no need to sugarcoat it. You saw it. The possession, the shots, the control — none of it means anything without end product and that's especially true when you switch off defensively three times and the opponent makes you pay for it. That's what happened when the Revolution came to town. We've got to talk about it, I suppose, and we'll make a Man of the Match pick as well, but hey, we're doing it under protest. The good news is that Orlando City will not be playing a team on a six-game winless streak for the first time in a few matches when they visit the New York Red Bulls this weekend. The bad news is that the Red Bulls are probably going to be a bit upset about the way the Lions treated them at Exploria Stadium in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals. But that's a problem for another day. The Orlando Pride continue to not lose but they also continue to not win, getting yet another draw during this now-five-game unbeaten streak, which has reached 1-0-4 under Seb Hines. It's great to see the Pride getting results against all odds, but a win or two would sure make it feel a lot better. One thing is certain: If an Orlando City player missed the sitter that Darian Jenkins muffed on Sunday, people would have been a lot meaner about it on social media (and they have been about the Lions, while not so about Jenkins or others on the Pride). OCB was off last week and played like it this week. Actually, that's not fair. The Young Lions played a great first half but simply couldn't produce goals and Toronto FC II punished them for it in the second half, with an identical 3-0 scoreline as the first team had against the Revs. This week's mailbag asked us about Stephen King film adaptations and mockumentaries. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's upcoming match this Saturday against the New York Red Bulls. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 306 went down: 0:15 - There was a soccer match. The team we wanted to win did not, in fact, win. 29:28 - The Pride keep eking out results but they're not making up much ground on the playoff line. Still, they're kind of fun to watch. 44:08 - We answer our mail and make our predictions for the Lions against da Bulls. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 305: NYRB & D.C. Rewinds, Pride-Current, More Transfers, a Revs Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 95:47


    Orlando City experienced its highest point of the season on Wednesday in a 5-1 blowout win over the New York Red Bulls to reach its first-ever U.S. Open Cup final. Unfortunately, the Lions followed that with one of the season's lowest lows, by conceding twice in a four-minute span in stoppage time Sunday to turn three points into none at D.C. United. This 2022 season sure has been a roller coaster ride. Dave Rohe and Michael Citro are here to talk about all the key discussion points from the two matches and, as always, make our selections for Man of the Match. We've also got a new signing to discuss, which adds more depth to the midfield. And we'd like to address that whole bus parking thing that people seem to want to discuss, with some input from Junior Urso's comments after Sunday's game, actually. The Pride were back to their non-losing ways after a week off, grabbing yet another draw in what is now four straight matches without a loss (1-0-3). The players and interim manager Seb Hines haven't given up on this season and that's about as inspirational a story as we've had on the Pride's side of things this season. Kudos to all involved and long may it continue. We give our thoughts on Sunday's 2-2 draw at Kansas City, which despite the loss of a multi-goal lead, was certainly a decent result for Orlando, all things considered. OCB was off this week, and that makes us a little sad because we didn't get to see Jack Lynn score a goal for the Young Lions. He'll get a chance this weekend at Toronto and hopefully he'll net two just to make up for lost time. This week's mailbag asked us about purple smoke, what we thought of PRO's take on the two contoversial calls in the Philadelphia game — which only made us angry all over again — and (for some reason) made us construct a softball team out of Orlando City players. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's upcoming match this Saturday against the New England Revolution. Carles Gil's name might have come up. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 305 went down: 0:15 - The July grind finally came to an end with vastly different outcomes. The bottom line is that the Lions will play for a trophy in September. 47:00 - The Pride get on the scoresheet twice and bring home a hard-fought point against one of the league's hottest teams. 58:06 - Our mailbagbox and our predictions for the Lions against the Revolution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 304: Arsenal & Philly Rewinds, Transfers, OCB, Red Bulls & D.C. Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 92:39


    Orlando City had a rough week but at least only one of the two losses counts. The midweek friendly match-up against Arsenal FC was entertaining and without any pressure. The Saturday night game against the Philadelphia Union ended with a bit of a harsh result. While the Lions may not have deserved a victory, it's a little disingenuous to say they deserved a loss after an evenly played match that featured a little video review controversy. The East leaders left with three points but didn't have an easy time of it in Orlando and each team mustered only one shot on target all night. We break down the matches with about as much depth as we can muster during this brutal stretch and we select our Man of the Match from the league game. We also discussed some Orlando City transfers since our last show. It's not exactly been Christmas in July for Lions fans on the new player front, but hope springs eternal that Luiz Muzzi has one more ace up his sleeve that simply hasn't been announced yet. If he doesn't, the rest of the season may go more or less how July has gone. The Pride were off this week but their newest player has arrived and hopefully Haley Brugeja can help Seb Hines extend the club's unbeaten run to four games this Sunday at Kansas City. OCB fared worse against Union II than the first team did against Philadelphia's MLS side, finishing the game with just nine players. Wilfredo Rivera is off to Indianapolis on loan, while some fans are ready to see if Jack Lynn can step up and pull the first team out of its lethargy. We do not believe Lynn is the answer but we do hope he continues to grow his game so that someday he might. This week's mailbag asked us about Only Murders in the Building, players from other sports who could help the Lions and/or Pride, and which of three awful choices we'd select if we were forced to make a horrible decision. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's U.S. Open Cup match-up against the New York Red Bulls and for Sunday's trip to Audi Field to play against a D.C. United team that was almost destined to have Wayne Rooney at the helm. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 304 went down: 0:15 - Not a great week, if you ask us, but here are our takes on Orlando City's past seven days. 38:50 - Pride and OCB talk and why we think Jack Lynn isn't exactly the next Cyle Larin or Daryl Dike (nor should anyone expect him to be). 56:18 - Our mailbagbox and our predictions for the upcoming NYRB and D.C. games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 303: Colorado & Atlanta Rewinds, Transfer Rumors, Pride-Spirit, OCB, Arsenal & Philly Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 74:01


    Orlando City, the Orlando Pride, and OCB all played consecutively on the same day and all got results. That's pretty good. For the Lions, Sunday's 1-1 draw at Atlanta was almost an exact replica of the team's 1-1 draw Wednesday night at Colorado, only with air that's easier to breathe. We break down the twin draws and check our score predictions — we did pretty well! The games were so similar that we were unanimous both matches in our Man of the Match picks, and it was the same player both games. The rumor mill heated up on Monday about the possibility that USMNT forward Nicholas Gioacchini could be an imminent signing for Orlando. He's young, has potential, and could be exactly what the Lions need to help boost their attack. We discussed that, and the rumblings surrounding Alexandre Pato's future. On the Pride side, Seb Hines extended his (interim) team's unbeaten streak to three matches. It wasn't all good, as Orlando failed to score a goal yet again, and this time against an extremely weakened Washington Spirit side. However, any point on the road for the Pride is a good point, so we'll take it. OCB scored first on Sunday at Chicago (through Jack Lynn, naturally) but Fire II looked likely to run away with the match when it built a 3-1 lead. The Young Lions weren't going to be the only OSCS side to not get a result, however, and not only came back to tie the match, but then added another goal to win it. It was one of the highlight moments for OCB this season. This week's mailbag asked us about the pressbox experience at Exploria Stadium, and boy would it be great if the club actually did cover my beer expenses. Our listeners also wanted to get our thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Stranger Things because the mailbagbox is a safe space for all topics and not just the beautiful game. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we talked about the pros and cons of Wednesday's friendly match against Arsenal, and gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's match on Saturday against Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 303 went down: 0:15 - A pair of identical twin 1-1 road draws for the Lions, with very little offense and some exposed weaknesses at the fullback position, plus we are talking Nico Gioacchini! 32:08 - The Pride draw Washington for the second time during this NWSL regular season and OCB shocks Chicago Fire II. 42:40 - Our mailbagbox, what's good and bad about the Arsenal friendly, and our predictions for a key Eastern Conference battle against the Union. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 302: Miami Rewind Pride-Dash, OCB, Colorado & Atlanta Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 82:15


    Orlando City won in bizarre fashion Saturday night when Inter Miami's Damion Lowe put a Jake Mulraney cross into his own net, handing the Lions a 1-0 home win. The Orlando Pride won in bizarre fashion Friday night when a Houston Dash defender deflected the ball into her own net, handing the Pride a 1-0 home win. Whoa. Mind. Blown. We break down Orlando's weather-delayed and rather dull match on Saturday and make our Man of the Match selections. We also discuss the transfer of Matheus Aias and former captain Nani's latest soccer destination. On the Pride side, Seb Hines got his first victory as interim coach and now has a two-match unbeaten streak going. We also talked about the recent exclusive Ian Fleming interview, in which we asked the Pride's general manager about the strategy of the club's roster makeover. Fleming knew he wasn't going to be able to make an omelette without breaking a few eggs, and there are a lot of folks who would rather keep those shells intact and maybe not have an omelette at all. Or something. I've lost the thread on the metaphor because now I'm hungry. Anyway, I addressed the chat with Fleming (because I was there) and gave a little more background. The thing is, when you interview someone, you kind of have to quote them accurately, whether they're spinning some things or not. Fleming did seem to do that at times, but I also felt he gave some straight answers. OCB refused to make it a clean sweep over the weekend, discarding a 1-0 lead in the second half with a silly foul in the box and a couple of goals that Adam Grinwis would probably like to have back in a 3-1 home loss to Inter Miami II. Welp, you can't have everything. We also talked about the USWNT's run in the Concacaf W Championship. The Yanks may not be impressing anyone right now but they're winning and taking care of business. They need to do that for two more matches and we'll be watching to see if they can. This week's mailbag asked us about the likelihood of the Lions adding another major piece to the club in the summer transfer window and...well, we're just not sure, although we'd love to see it. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's upcoming two-game road swing to Colorado and Atlanta. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 302 went down: 0:15 - A quality finish from Lowe brings joy to the Lions, a midfielder plays great, and new homes for Aias and Nani. 24:27 - The Pride get their first home win of the season and they're playing hard for Seb Hines. Also, a bit of a rant and some OCB and USWNT talk. 1:03:07 - Our mailbag and our predictions for Colorado and Atlanta, but not against each other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 301: Nashville/D.C. Rewinds, Pride-Louisville, OCB, USWNT, Miami Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 96:53


    Orlando City had a mixed week of soccer since our last show. The Lions got a last-minute goal to send Wednesday's U.S. Open Cup match against Nashville into extra time and then won another dramatic penalty shootout. Then on Monday, Orlando played down to (or below) the level of a struggling D.C. United side and dug too deep a hole to climb out of in a 5-3 home loss. We break down both matches, check the results against our predictions, and make our Man of the Match selections. We also analyze the departure of Silvester van der Water and what the potential loss of Joao Moutinho would mean. The Orlando Pride played better at a racetrack than at their home soccer stadium. The Pride had a great opening 20 minutes but still conceded twice in what looked like yet another shutout loss. But then Orlando found the right groove and stormed (Strom'd?) back for a 2-2 draw with Racing Louisville. In other Pride news, we discuss the departure of Sydney Leroux to Angel City and the signing of Malta international Haley Brugeja. OCB traveled to Rochester and the Young Lions got another Jack Lynn goal but not the win in a 3-2 road loss. Plus, we spent a few minutes on the USWNT and the U-20 USMNT (featuring Orlando City's Michael Halliday). This week's mailbag asked us about the Tampa Bay Rowdies, our favorite Orlando City penalty kicks, and what's wrong with the Lions at the moment. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's home match coming up Saturday against Inter Miami. Stay safe and enjoy the show! 0:15 - A draw that felt like a win and a loss that felt like a bigger loss. Plus, goodbye to Silvester van der Water. 50:54 - The Pride rally back at the track and some player comings and goings. OCB lost away. The USWNT faces an important competition and the U-20 men just finished one. 1:04:26 - Our mailbag and our predictions for Inter Miami. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 300: Cincinnati Rewind, OCB, USWNT, Nashville & D.C. Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 79:54


    Wow, it's our 300th episode! Who knew we would get this far before anyone demanded we cease and desist immediately? Orlando City went to Cincinnati a bit shorthanded, became even more shorthanded during warmups, and didn't accomplish much over 90 minutes in a 1-0 away loss to FC Cincinnati. Pedro Gallese played well, Antonio Carlos looked pretty good on his return, and outside of that there weren't a lot of players of whom to sing praises. We break down a meh game in Southwestern Ohio and make our Man of the Math selections (it was unanimous, naturally). The Pride were off this week but there was some news and a little more discussion of how this season has gone and what needs to happen to start any meaningful change. We also discussed the Young Lions of OCB, who got a big away win at Cincinnati, as well as the USWNT's first friendly against Colombia in this international window. That led to some more Pride talk and how talent has not been the teams problem in the past, but it sure isn't a strength of the club at the moment. This week's mailbag asked us about chain restaurants not in our area, MLS expansion cities, Obi-Wan Kenobi, 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. One of our listeners left the most amazing PawedCast-related stories we've ever heard in her review on Apple Podcasts. That was a bright spot in our week, for sure. Finally, we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's home matches within the next week against Nashville SC and D.C. United. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 300 went down: 0:15 - A loss in Cincinnati is not what we had in mind for Orlando City this week. 19:42 - A pause for some Pride talk, a good weekend for OCB, and the USWNT is back on the pitch. 35:27 - Our mailbag and our predictions for Nashville SC in the U.S. Open Cup and D.C. United on the Fourth of July. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 299: Revs & Dynamo Rewinds, Pride-Thorns, OCB, USMNT, Cincinatti Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 103:25


    Orlando City returned from the international break and immediately was pressed into two matches in quick succession. However, the Lions handled the schedule well, fighting back from a goal down to earn a road draw at New England and taking care of business at home against the Houston Dynamo by earning all three points. We break down the two matches and select our Man of the Match from each game. We also discussed the ongoing problems that Robin Jansson has with the league's referees. Just speak Swedish, big fella! Please! OCB goalkeeper Javier Otero got a short-term contract to serve on the bench vs. the Revs but in the end his presence wasn't needed because Pedro Gallese might be an actual octopus rather than just someone with that nickname. The Orlando Pride were historically bad at Portland and if things don't change soon, these types of results could start occurring far more often. The club's NWSL side just can't compete in the league at the moment after a promising start to the year. To make matters worse, Orlando doesn't even have a center back on the bench at the moment. When will things get better? Maybe 2023? 2024? Who knows? OCB was almost as bad as the Pride on Sunday, falling 6-1 at Columbus. There wasn't even a Jack Lynn goal to celebrate, although Nick Taylor did manage to help the Young Lions avoid the shutout. This week's mailbag asked us about the new turf at Exploria Stadium and our experiences at other sports venues. If there's anything — and we do mean anything — you want us to address on the next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC. Finally we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's trip to FC Cincinnati. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 299 went down: 0:15 - A draw and a win for Orlando City's MLS team has things going in the right direction and the Beefy Swede has to learn the value of silence. 38:52 - The Pride and OCB got some excercise and fresh air but did nothing resembling playing soccer on Sunday. Plus some USMNT talk. 1:19:57 - Our mailbag and our predictions for Cincy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 298: Orlando City Updates, Revs & Dynamo Previews, Pride-Red Stars, OCB, USMNT, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 95:57


    Orlando City hasn't played in a while but that's all about to change. With two matches this week, we're all about to fill our need for seeing the Lions on the pitch. Since last week, there's been some news on the injury front. The bad news surrounds Homegrown goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar, while the better news pertains to Benji Michel and Antonio Carlos. We've got all of that for you, plus the new way we'll be watching MLS games starting next season. We also talked about a clown who advanced to the World Cup at the expense of our own dear octopus, Pedro Gallese. The Orlando Pride played in Chicago this past weekend and things didn't go well, although they could have gone worse in Seb Hines' debut as acting manager of the squad. The investigation into Amanda Cromwell and Sam Greene goes on and so do the losses for the Pride, although this one was certainly much more competitive than the last one in Houston. We talk a little about the Pride goings-on but mostly we lament what is turning out to be another season to forget. OCB fell on the road but Jack Lynn just keeps finding the net, so there's at least something positive going on with the Young Lions, who are waiting for some players to return from international duty. Lynn's record pace for OCB continues and we're here for it. This week's mailbag asked us if we've read any good books lately, and it turns out that we have. There was also a question about Stranger Things Season 4 that we stuck at the end for those who aren't ready to be spoiled. Don't worry, we give you plenty of warning before we launch into any spoiler territory. 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. After a quick chat about the USMNT's win over Grenada (the El Salvador match happened after we recorded), we gave our key match-ups and predictions for Orlando City's trip to New England and home game against Houston. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 298 went down: 0:15 - Mason's surgery, some injured Lions return to training, and MLS finds a way to make its games more accessible for streaming starting in 2023. 24:26 - The Pride's first game under Seb Hines wasn't great but it wasn't worse. Plus, we just kind of vented about the Pride for several minutes. 46:09 - Our OCB rewind, the mailbag, the USMNT, key match-ups and predictions for New England and Houston, and a special spoiler section for a mailbag question about Stranger Things. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 297: Miami & Dallas Rewinds, Pride Results vs. Spirit & Dash, Amanda Cromwell on Administrative Leave, OCB, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 90:35


    Hello friends! We missed you. Last week's show was recorded and...unusable. Sometimes the podcasting gods do not smile upon you and so it was last week when the audio on my end was an unmitigated mess. We have a new recording method that seemed to work well and my new mic helps me sound...well, as good as I can sound. So, we covered all the ground we did during the show you didn't hear last week, plus a lot more. Orlando City played twice since we last published a show, and we took a look back at the U.S. Open Cup draw-turned-shootout-win against Inter Miami CF. We also looked back at what happened against FC Dallas just a few days after that emotional result. The Lions seemed to have things well in hand for over an hour and then the roof caved in. We give you our analysis of the two games and make our selections for the Man of the Match for each one. We also discussed Alexandre Pato's revealing and candid look back at his life in soccer in his Player's Tribune piece, and we talked about Mason Stajduhar's contract extension. The Orlando Pride had an improbable rally deep in stoppage time to steal a point against the Washington Spirit. That was nice. But in the team's next game the Pride was disjointed and generally terrible in a shambolic 5-0 loss at Houston. The Dash had no choice but to score buckets of goals because the Pride kept inviting them to do so. It was bad. What was worse, however, was what happened Tuesday, when Pride Head Coach Amanda Cromwell and Assistant Coach Sam Greene were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a joint investigation to determine whether the two violated the NWSL's policy to prevent and eliminate workplace discrimination, harassment, and bullying. We dove into what it means and what happens next. OCB had a couple of matches that could have gone better, but Jack Lynn is scoring goals and the Young Lions seem to be in every game at the moment. So that's good from the developmental side. This week's mailbag wanted to know what the NWSL has to do to compete for the title of the world's best league on the women's side, whether the USOC or MLS playoffs need to be two-legged, 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. And we closed the show with a brief look at the USMNT's recent friendlies. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 297 went down: 0:15 - The Lions got a Tropic Thunder knockout in penalties and then were undone late against Dallas in an exhausting week. 29:59 - The Pride got a surprise draw, a humiliating defeat, and, at least for now, a new coach in Seb Hines. 56:58 - Our OCB rewind, the mailbag, and the USMNT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 296: Austin Rewind, Pride Results, OCB, Miami & Dallas Previews, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 98:15


    Orlando City had things going nicely on Sunday night until...well, you saw it. Referee Joe Dickerson decided to insert himself into the proceedings in the worst way possible and despite leading 2-0 in the second half, the Lions escaped Austin with a 2-2 draw and a pair of suspensions to carry into their next league game. Thanks Joe! We break down the game and the Dickerson decisions and select our Man of the Match. The Orlando Pride split their results in a busy week, going to North Carolina and getting a 2-1 win but then flopping at home in a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Red Stars. You'd probably accept a split entering the week but after the team's best performance of the season, some old habits returned in a shoddy performance — especially in the first half — at home. OCB hadn't scored in four games so the Young Lions decided to make up for lost time, demolishing Inter Miami II by a six-pack, winning 6-0 at home. Perhaps the result, and Jack Lynn's first-ever OCB hat trick, deserve more than a minute this week? You bet. This week's mailbag was a bit light. OK, it was completely empty this week, but that's fine considering all we had to talk about. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for tonight's U.S. Open Cup meeting with Inter Miami and Saturday's match-up against FC Dallas. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 296 went down: 0:15 - Way more talk about Joe Dickerson than Joe Dickerson has ever deserved. 47:23 - The Pride were surprising in both matches in the past week, but for far different reasons. 1:04:05 - OCB, an empty mailbag, and prediction time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 295: Toronto Rewind, Pride-Current, OCB, Austin Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 82:52


    Orlando City had a nice bounce-back game in league play on the return trip to Canada. The Lions went to BMO Field and came home with three points for the first time ever. Orlando had never won in that venue but — thanks to Alexandre Pato's exquisite delivery and Kyle Smith's well-timed noggin flick — brought home a 1-0 victory. We break down the Toronto away match, give our picks for Man of the Match, discuss which Lions showed up on MLS Team of the Week, and check in on last week's predictions. We also touched briefly on the midseason MLSPA salary reveal. The Orlando Pride came home to play the Kansas City Current. For 60 minutes, the Pride played great soccer. However, the Current turned the game around in the final half hour, dominating chances and possession in the final third. It seemed inevitible that Kansas City would score at least one, but the visitors took the lead early in stoppage time. The Pride did well to fight back and Orlando equalized on a late Toni Pressley penalty to earn a come-from-ahead-then-come-from-behind draw at home. We gave our thoughts on the Pride match as well as OCB's first game in three weeks. The Young Lions still can't score goals, falling 1-0 to Philadelphia Union II on the road. OCB is doing a lot of things well — especially goalkeeper Javier Otero — but there seems to be no bite in the attack or enough quality in connecting the lines in the midfield. This week's mailbag asked about which soccer leagues we like best, television characters that are easy to dislike, and the biggest surprises and disappointments on Orlando City's roster at this point in the 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Sunday's trip to play Austin FC for the first time. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 295 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City shut out another opponent on the road, our Man of the Match, and Team of the Week observations. 31:26 - The Pride picked up a point, but it could have been three. But it could have been none. Plus our thoughts on OCB's match on Monday. 51:28 - The mailbag calls and we answer. Oh, and our picks for the Austin match. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 294: Montreal & Philadelphia Rewinds, Pride-Angel City, Toronto Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 82:45


    Orlando City got smoked in Montreal like the meat they sell at the delis there. The Lions were never really in the 4-1 road loss, even when they cut the 2-0 deficit in half on Joao Moutinho's goal. The side was missing much more than center back Robin Jansson. It was lacking any kind of connectivity from back to front. As a result, the Lions attempted only two shots in the match — an even more dismal offensive output than in the home loss to New York. We break things down a bit and select our Man of the Match. We were much more pleased with Tuesday's result — a 2-1 home win over the Philadelphia Union in U.S. Open Cup action. The Lions had a lot more ability to break lines and shuttle the ball forward with Junior Urso, Andres Perea, and Alexandre Pato keeping Facundo Torres and Ercan Kara from getting too isolated. It wasn't a perfect outing. Many mistakes were made. However, it was a step in the right direction and hopefully one upon which Oscar Pareja can build. We selected our Man of the Match for the U.S. Open Cup win as well, and we were unanimous again. Two new Lions joined the team this week but only one will play in 2022. Jake Mulraney provides much-needed coverage on the wing, while future star Gaston Gonzalez will have to wait until 2023 to show us what he can do because of his unfortunate knee injury. The Orlando Pride traveled west and brought back Amanda Cromwell's first NWSL victory from Sunday's 1-0 road win at Angel City FC. Sydney Leroux's goal was just about enough and the Pride were fortunate not to pay for several misses that could have put the game out of reach before halftime. Orlando was easily the better side for the first half hour but things got a bit dicey over the last hour. When needed, Erin McLeod came up big. It's an important building block for the Pride. OCB was off for the second straight week. This week's mailbag asked about movies I haven't seen yet, how to rank the trophies from various MLS competitions, and who the Lions should want to play in the next round of the Open Cup. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's return to Canada as Orlando City visits Toronto FC. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 294 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City had mixed results, bombing badly in MLS play and then performing well to advance in the Open Cup. 39:13 - The Pride were much better in the second week of the regular season against Angel City. 58:57 - The mailbag beckons and we have predictions for Saturday's match in Toronto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 293: Charlotte Rewind, Chris Mueller's MLS Return, Pride-Gotham, Montreal & Philly Predictions, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 89:16


    Orlando City met expansion Charlotte FC for the first time ever and came away with all three points, washing the terrible taste of the Red Bulls match out of our mouths — much like cleansing the palate from the awful taste of actual Red Bull. The Lions were far from perfect but a standout performance from Ruan — his best of the season so far — helped Orlando City get back in the win column. We break down the match and some of the curious officiating decisions that thankfully didn't cost the Lions any points. We also made our picks for Man of the Match and those picks will not shock you. Chris Mueller is returning to MLS but it won't be as a Lion. The former Orlando first-round pick is off to his hometown club in Chicago from Hibernian FC, but at least the Lions will apparently be getting something for the player who transferred freely only months ago. The Orlando Pride kicked off the 2022 NWSL regular season and it started like all the previous NWSL regular seasons — without a Pride victory. Orlando was poor in the opener despite having some good early moments, and ultimately melted down in a 12-minute span, conceding three goals in a lopsided loss to Gotham FC. OCB, on the other hand, did not play. That wasn't the way the schedule had things going, but Rochester's stadium wasn't playable, so the Young Lions got an unexpected weekend off to go along with the expected weekend off that lies ahead. This week's mailbag asked about concerts and MLS alignment. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's trip to play CF Montreal (without Robin Jansson) and next week's U.S. Open Cup match against the Philadelphia Union. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 293 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City got back in the win column against the MLS newcomers and was Chris Mueller's great 2020 season an outlier? 46:41 - The Pride were bad again and OCB didn't have anyone to play. 59:27 - It's mailbag time, plus our look ahead to what we expect from the Montreal and Philadelphia matches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 292: NYRB Rewind, Kaylie Collins Interview, Pride-Gotham, OCB, Charlotte Predictions, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 110:38


    Orlando City waited exactly one week after Easter to lay an egg. The Lions played easily their worst game of the year so far when the New York Red Bulls visited Exploria Stadium on Sunday, mustering only three lousy shot attempts and getting none of them on target. Orlando City was lethargic, lacked any kind of passing precision, and couldn't find a way past, through, or over New York. But it wasn't an entirely bad week for the Lions. City opened up its 2022 U.S. Open Cup play with a 2-1 win over its I-4 Derby rivals, the Tampa Bay Rowdies, on Wednesday. The Lions needed about half an hour to figure out Tampa's scheme and then some much-needed halftime adjustments allowed Orlando to dominate the second half. We break down both matches and make our Man of the Match selections. And we discuss the Lions' draw for the USOC fourth round. Kaylie Collins of the Orlando Pride made her debut with the club in Saturday's 1-1 draw at Gotham FC. The only goal she allowed was on a Kristie Mewis penalty. Kaylie celebrated that achievement by joining us on the PawedCast to tell us about her experience this past weekend, facing a Mewis penalty, the transition from Marc Skinner to Becky Burleigh to Amanda Cromwell, and the team's mindset entering the NWSL regular season. After that, we broke down the Pride's draw at Gotham and overall Challenge Cup performance, and we discussed the NWSL side's recently announced match at Daytona International Speedway in July. We also touched on OCB's scoreless draw against New England Revolution II on Sunday in the second game of the double-header. The Young Lions were outplayed but were able to grind out a result and add a second point by way of their second penalty shootout win of the year. This week's mailbag was quite full again. Listeners wanted to know if Orlando City will ever stop getting fouled in the attack and if the Lions kept their receipt for Gaston Gonzalez, among other topics. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's first-ever meeting with Charlotte FC. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 292 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City won one and lost one, and the loss was a pretty ugly one that we never want to see again. 34:45 - Kaylie Collins joins us to tell us about her experience on Saturday at Gotham as she faced her former mentor, Ashlyn Harris. 53:52 - Our Pride-Gotham breakdown, OCB wins another penalty shootout, our mailbag overflows, and our key match-ups and score predictions for Charlotte. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 291: Crew Rewind, I-4 Derby and Red Bulls Preview, Pride, OCB, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 89:30


    Orlando City kept up its solid road form this past weekend with a 2-0 win over the Crew in Columbus. It was a standout performance for the Lions, particularly Rodrigo Schlegel — who opened his MLS account — and Facundo Torres, who was influential on both Orlando goals. We broke down the match and ranted a bit about Schlegel getting snubbed for MLS Team of the Week. We also selected our Man of the Match, which was unanimous. Orlando City will host Arsenal in a midseason friendly — the club's first since 2016. The Lions will be in heavy fixture congestion in July, so it will be interesting to see how Oscar Pareja sets his team up to battle a club that's known throughout the world. The Pride set a dubious NWSL record this weekend by conceding not once, not twice, but thrice inside the first nine minutes of their match against North Carolina. Orlando showed good fight to pull back within 3-2 with half an hour to play but the Pride could get no further. Darian Jenkins was a bright spot for Orlando with a brace, but it's been a dismal Challenge Cup for the club. OCB lost its second straight 2-0 match on the road — this time at Columbus Crew 2. The Young Lions have a lot to learn about life on the road and will try to bounce back at home on Sunday as they'll play New England II following the Lions' game against the New York Red Bulls. This week's mailbag was quite full, and we answered a question about Gaston Gonzalez, only to find out after recording that the young Argentine player hurt his knee while playing for Union Santa Fe. We hate when that happens. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for tonight's match vs. the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Sunday's game against the Red Bulls. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 291 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City got a win in Columbus and Rodrigo Schlegel was a big reason why. Plus, the Gunners are coming to the City Beautiful. 33:13 - The Pride and OCB had weekends to forget. However, Orlando's NWSL side will get a clean slate after this weekend's game and the Young Lions will return home to try to get back on track. 49:31 - Our mailbag is a full one this week and our key match-ups and score predictions for both of this week's matches. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 290: Chicago Rewind, Miguel Gallardo on the Upcoming I-4 Derby, Crew Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 93:15


    Orlando City got back in the win column at home on Saturday afternoon with a victory over the Chicago Fire. The Lions should have scored more goals, and we all would have enjoyed it more if they had, but in the end, the team is creating scoring opportunities and it seems only a matter of time before they start putting crooked numbers on the board more often — provided Orlando can continue to create those chances. Dave Rohe and I broke down the win over the Fire, the sending off that made things a little easier, and Ercan Kara's first career MLS goal. We also discussed Antonio Carlos' injury, Alexandre Pato making the Team of the Week bench, and our Man of the Match picks. We also talked about the upcoming U.S. Open Cup match-up against Tampa Bay, that game's move to Exploria Stadium, and why people really should put their money where their mouth is and get themselves to the stadium for this match. Joining us to give us the insider's view of the I-4 Derby is none other than club legend Miguel Gallardo. The Orlando City broadcast analyst and club ambassador returned to the show and talked about what the rivalry meant and whether the change of venues matters, and he even spoke a bit about this Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew. The Pride were off this past weekend but Gunny Jonsdottir fared well in international play and we have a new goal song we'd like the club to break out whenever she scores a goal for Orlando. OCB lost for the first time in 2022 and it wasn't all that pretty. And the USWNT dominated an obviously overmatched Uzbekistan — twice — despite playing a lot of younger players. This week's mailbag was interested in the English Premier League. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's match at the Columbus Crew. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 290 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City snapped its two-match home losing streak and got the first win by a Chicago Fire opponent this season. Plus, Alexandre Pato is good, Mauricio Pereyra is rounding into form, and people should attend the Lions' games. 35:12 - Miggy jumps on with us despite being out at the soccer pitch to do some coaching, and he provided a unique perspective of the old I-4 Derby rivalry. 54:05 - No Pride recap, but OCB played, as did the USWNT, plus our mailbag, and our predictions and key match-ups for the Crew on Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 289: LAFC Rewind, Pride-Gotham, Pride-Spirit, OCB, World Cup, Chicago Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 90:57


    Orlando City has probably not looked as fluid and dangerous in a game and still lost as it did on Saturday night when LAFC handed the Lions a 4-2 loss at home. Things didn't go as planned and that included a chalked off opening goal by Alexandre Pato, a serious-looking injury to Antonio Carlos, some defensive lapses that allowed the visitors to score on their scarce opportunities, and some big saves down the stretch from the opposing goalkeeper. The Lions deserved to take something from the game, but — much like Spaulding Smails on Caddyshack — they'll get nothing and like it. We break down the game, the goals, and the calls, and give our Man of the Match picks. The Pride lost both matches since our last show and, while they looked good in one of them, they looked mostly bad in the other. On top of that, they're dealing with the loss of Marta for the season, the loss of goalkeeper Erin McLeod for at least a month, and a team that is still not threatening opposing goalkeepers enough. We give our thoughts on where the Pride are, how they can best use this international break, and what we are expecting as the regular season approaches. OCB finished its home stand unbeaten and followed a 2-2 draw against New York City FC II on Sunday with the Young Lions' first ever postgame shootout victory, snaring an extra point in the standings in MLS NEXT Pro's experimental system. Jack Lynn again had a direct goal involvement and is getting valuable minutes with the reserve side. He may be needed by the MLS team at some point this season, so it's good to see him being active in the attack. The USMNT lost the battle in Costa Rica but won the World Cup qualifying war, by punching a ticket to Qatar this winter. It was an uphill battle with so many key injuries, but the Yanks got to where they need to be and now find themselves in a group that they are capable of getting out of if they play to their potential. This week's mailbag was interested in finding a nickname for Ercan Kara and goal celebrations. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's home match against the Chicago Fire. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 289 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City fell hard at home with a final score that doesn't tell the full story. But the Lions, like any team, can't make silly mistakes against a team with as good an attack as LAFC has. 32:20 - It's hard out here for a Pride fan. A good performance and a bad performance this past week yielded the same ultimate result. Will there be reinforcements coming to bolster the squad? Dare to dream, I say. 53:42 - OCB made it two results out of two matches, the USMNT accomplished its objective, we wade into our mailbag, and our predictions and key match-ups for the Fire on Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 288: Portland Rewind, Pride-Courage, OCB, USMNT World Cup Qualifying, LAFC Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 106:12


    Orlando City was so close to making it back-to-back wins out west, but a foolish foul in the box allowed the Portland Timbers to fire up Timber Joey's saw and equalize in an eventual 1-1 draw. The Lions still did well to gain four of six points on two of the longest road trips they have in MLS. We break down the draw, discuss Mauricio Pereyra's injury, and select our Man of the Match. We're then joined by Jonathan Reimer, host of the Shoulder 2 Shoulder Podcast covering LAFC. Jonathan was kind enough to tell us what we can expect from Steve Cherundolo's Black & Gold when they visit Exploria Stadium this Saturday. Seems like LAFC still has a lot of great attacking players but now also has a good defense, which will make for a difficult task for the Lions on Saturday. Big thanks to Jonathan for helping us out. The Orlando Pride suffered their first loss of the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup and it was a controversial one. The Pride were thoroughly dominated by the Courage in North Carolina, but that still seemed like a harsh handball call on Gunny Jonsdottir that allowed the hosts to score their only goal of the match. Amanda Cromwell's team is doing well to limit opposition goals but the Pride are giving up chances and the ball a bit too frequently. Marta's injury won't help the team going forward, especially since it seems to be offensively challenged at the moment. OCB kicked off its season on Saturday and despite a sloppy start, the Young Lions prevailed on a brace by Orlando City first-round pick Jack Lynn. It was good to see the rookie score his first pro goals. The reserve side has some work to do but getting that first win of the season early could give the Young Lions some confidence. The USMNT had a huge week and that culminated in a stomping of Panama at Exploria Stadium Sunday night. Christian Pulisic scored a hat trick and most of the Yanks played well. It was a fantastic atmosphere and the fans that packed the house deserved that kind of performance — one the team desperately needed entering the final qualifying match day (today!). This week's mailbag was interested in the awful font used by MLS NEXT Pro, Moon Knight, the Orlando Pride's captaincy, 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's home match against LAFC. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 288 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City took four of six points from the West Coast but it could have been more. We're focusing on the positives, but still, it could have been more. 24:33 - Jonathan Reimer knows a thing or two about LAFC and he's here to tell us about all the terrifying attackers the team has. 47:46 - The Pride lost (and lost Marta), OCB won, the USMNT is on the cusp of World Cup qualification, we dig through the mailbag, and we make some predictions for Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 287: LA Rewind, Pride-Spirit, USMNT World Cup Qualifying, Portland Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 112:50


    Orlando City followed a crazy home loss to FC Cincinnati with almost a mirror image game in a 1-0 win on the road against the LA Galaxy. Both games saw the team with fewer chances, fewer shots, and much less possession find a way to win the game. We break down the win over Chicharito and company, with the Lions getting their first dub in the state of California and only their second in the Pacific time zone. We also selected our Man of the Match, spoke about Orlando's penchant for clean sheets early in this 2022 season, and talked about the MLS Team of the Week and the Lions leaving for international duty. Sam Svilar from Portland Timbers blog Stumptown Footy joined us to give us the perspective from the Rose City. Sam gave us a complete picture of what's gone on with the Timbers so far this season and what we can expect when the teams kick off this Sunday. Big thanks to Sam for taking time out of his schedule to educate us Eastern Conference folk. The Orlando Pride kicked off their 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup campaign and got Head Coach Amanda Cromwell a result in her first match at the helm. Cromwell's bunch held the defending champion Washington Spirit to a scoreless draw this past weekend and there were both good and bad signs in the match. We're going to focus on the positive for now since the sample size is so small. We also discussed the banner kerfuffle that took place on Saturday night at Exploria Stadium and how the club resolved it and owned up to its mistake quickly. OCB gets underway this Saturday and we don't have a lot of information yet about the Young Lions, but we do know that they won't draw any games this season. MLS NEXT Pro is not having it with ties. All matches that end with the teams even on the scoreboard will go to penalties. Both teams get a point for finishing even, and the shootout winner will earn one extra point in the standings. We also discussed the big week ahead for the USMNT. The Yanks have some work to do to clinch a spot in the World Cup. They can do it, but it won't be easy. The second of their three games in this window is, of course, taking place in the City Beautiful at Exploria Stadium. We look at the clinching scenarios, the key players missing, and the weirdness of what happened four years ago on the final match day. This week's mailbag was interested in NCAA brackets, power rankings, the Concacaf Champions League, 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Sunday's trip to play the Timbers. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 287 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City bounced back with an important road victory, the Lions don't score a lot of goals, and the Lions don't concede many goals. Also, defenders should be on Team of the Week for defending well. 24:42 - Sam Svilar jumps on with us and gives us the scoop on the happenings in a post-Diego Valeri Portland. He says the game could go either way on Sunday. 46:20 - The Pride are underway, OCB is about to get underway, the USMNT is about to get back underway, and we've got your mailbag responses. Plus our predictions for Sunday's match in Portland. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 286: Amanda Cromwell Interview, Cincy Rewind, LA Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 113:03


    Orlando City suffered its first loss of the season and one would never have guessed that would come at the hands of an FC Cincinnati side riding 14 straight losses and which had yet to score a goal in 2022. But soccer is a funny game and sometimes the joke is on you. So it was on Saturday as the Lions dominated every statistical category but the one that matters most in a 2-1 home loss. In the first absence of co-host David Rohe in 225 consecutive episodes of The Mane Land PawedCast, I'm joined by TML staff writer Ben Miller this week. We break down the important plays, moments, and trends from the game and make our Man of the Match selections. We also discuss what the Lions can do if teams are just going to continue fouling them like crazy every week. As a special treat, we're joined by Orlando Pride Head Coach Amanda Cromwell, who is entering her first season at the helm of the club's NWSL side. She will lead the Pride into its first competitive match of 2022 on Saturday night at Exploria Stadium in the NWSL Challenge Cup. But it will be a trial by fire as Orlando hosts the defending NWSL Cup champion Washington Spirit. The coach was kind enough to discuss what enticed her away from UCLA to coach the Pride, some of her assistant coaching staff hires, her philosophy, and more. In the midst of such a busy week, we can't thank her enough for her time. We also discussed the Orlando Pride's opening day roster, which dropped this week. And Orlando City B named its coaching staff for the Young Lions' inaugural season in MLS NEXT Pro. We hate the name of the league but we love having OCB back. This week's mailbag was interested in how Ben felt about his first time in the co-host chair, and which Lion we'd most like to spend spring break with. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's trip to play the LA Galaxy. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 286 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City lost. To Cincinnati. Yeah, that's not great. But there were some positives. We try to think about those. 45:00 - Amanda Cromwell interview! The new Pride coach seems ready to get started this week and it was great to hear her talk about how hard the team works on the training ground. 1:02:17 - The Pride named their 2022 roster ahead of the Challenge Cup opener, OCB has a coaching staff, the mailbag was relatively light this week, and we give you our predictions for Saturday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 285: Chicago Rewind, Orlando Pride, Cincinnati Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 84:20


    Orlando City is only two games into the season but already the Lions have had points stolen from their season-ending total. The 0-0 draw away against the Chicago Fire was an ugly match that perhaps deserved to finish scoreless but Junior Urso's strike was called good on the field and there was nothing on the replays to show any reason to chalk it off. That didn't stop Ismir Pekmic, however, as he spent four minutes looking for his own clear and obvious error. No one seemed to see that clear and obvious mistake but the referee himself, and so Orlando has had two of its last four regular-season matches marred by overturned goals that didn't seem to need overturning. We broke down Saturday night's game, the inconsistencies in the officiating throughout the night, and the lack of going to the monitor on one play vs. the all-too-eager decision to get over and look at it after another play. We made our Man of the Match selections as well. We also discussed some fines to Robin Jansson and Urso from Week 1 and how big a yacht Don Garber's going to buy with all the fine money Orlando City has been sending to the league office over the last seven-plus years. The Orlando Pride played a couple of preseason scrimmages since our last show and there was little to write home about after either one. The club didn't even give us the final score for the Pride's loss to Florida State University, which isn't at all ominous or concerning. The last we heard it was 2-0 with more than 35 minutes left and then...silence. We also talked about the Pride re-signing midfielder Parker Roberts. This week's mailbag was interested in officiating (for some reason), food in MLS cities, soccer boots, and The Batman. The main problem with that last topic is that neither of your co-hosts have yet seen the film. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's home game against FC Cincinnati. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 285 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City brought home a point from Chicago which would sound pretty good if you didn't watch the game and see The Bear score a goal. Why does this keep happening? Well, the answer to that is quite clear and it's also obvious. 39:19 - The Pride are not having a preseason that is filling fans' heads with optimism, but preseason results can be misleading. It's more important that Amanda Cromwell is laying a foundation at this point. That will be revealed in time. 49:04 - The content in the mailbagbox is abundant and entertaining this week. Plus, our final score predictions and key match-ups for the FC Cincinnati game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 284: Montreal Rewind, Orlando Pride, Fire Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 64:00


    Orlando City liked its 2-0 win over CF Montreal on Decision Day 2021 so much that the Lions duplicated it to start the 2022 season. Montreal came to town and had a frustrating day, while Alexandre Pato ended some of his frustrations and the Lions remained unbeaten on opening day while winning for just the second time in eight tries in the opener. We break down Sunday's match and select our Man of the Match. We also discuss the relief of seeing Pato score. Plus, the captainship of Mauricio Pereyra, the Lions' broadcast crew is back, and an update on the Gaston Gonzalez transfer front. The Orlando Pride picked up their first preseason win at the hands of the University of South Florida. Newcomer Darian Jenkins scored twice and that's a good thing. Plus, the Pride's Challenge Cup broadcast schedule is out. Speaking of schedules, OCB got its first MLS NEXT Pro schedule for the upcoming season. The Lions will be playing 12 home and 12 road games this year and hopefully some postseason matches as well, if all goes to plan. This week's mailbag is interested in the starting XI and which Lion will see the most yellow cards this year. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday's road match at Chicago. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 284 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City took all three points in the season opener for just the second time in MLS and is now 2-0-6 in season-opening matches. The Lions will be without Robin Jansson next week because not all of the things can go right. 32:37 - The Pride blanked USF on the road in a preseason scrimmage and it was a big day for Jenkins. Plus, where to catch the Pride during the Challenge Cup and the upcoming OCB season. 41:52 - It's mailbagbox time and Dave once again steals Michael's score prediction during our key match-ups and predictions segment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 283: Preseason Wrap-up, Orlando Pride News, Montreal Preview, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 74:49


    Orlando City put the 2022 preseason to bed with a pair of results — a 2-2 draw vs. FC Cincinnati and a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The Lions are in full preparation mode for Sunday's season opener against CF Montreal at Exploria Stadium. Before we get to that preview, we look back at the week's worth of news, including which draft picks were signed and which were released. We also close the book on the preseason slate and dive into our thoughts on Orlando City's new “Sunshine” kits. Hint: we like them. There was much more Pride news this week with the NWSL side kicking off its preseason with a 1-1 draw against UCF (and of course it was Sydney Leroux with the lone Orlando goal). The Pride also re-signed a couple of familiar faces last week and some of the team's stars are repping Orlando in international action. We discussed the SheBelieves Cup so far for the USWNT and the injuries on the men's side that will make World Cup qualifying even more difficult. This week's mailbag has our predicted finishing order in the Eastern and Western conferences. We also talked about craft beer and ranked the Sunshine kits. 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. And we closed the show by giving our key match-ups and score predictions for Sunday's Orlando City opener against CF Montreal. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 283 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City started scoring goals as the preseason wound down but Designated Player striker Ercan Kara missed some valuable on-field time with his teammates. The attack scares us probably more than it does the opposition. Plus...how about those new away shirts? 24:38 - Actual Pride news this week! Meggie Dougherty Howard and Kaylie Collins re-signed and the Pride played a match. Plus, there's plenty of national team stuff to talk about as well. Heck, there's even some OCB news. 45:39 - The mailbag gets quite a bit of attention despite there being few questions and we have our first key match-ups and score predictions for the 2022 regular season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 282: Rapids Rewind, Orlando City Media Day, OCSC's Jarrod Dillon, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 79:19


    Orlando City still hasn't won in preseason play but the Lions got a result on Friday night with a 1-1 draw against a stubborn Colorado Rapids team. Robin Jansson's goal was canceled out by Diego Rubio in a bit of a defensive struggle that was mostly played between the penalty areas. Young Designated Player Facundo Torres made his Orlando City debut and played well, showing flashes of what Lions fans can expect from the 21-year-old. There was news out of Media Day, including a new contract in the works for Pedro Gallese and visa problems for Antonio Carlos. The Lions also added a Homegrown defender in Alex Freeman, who signed on Tuesday. Orlando City SC President of Business Operations Jarrod Dillon joined us on the show this week and talked about settling in, how he's going about gathering information, and how he envisions making Orlando City and Orlando Pride more attractive fans with better overall experiences for those who attend games. Big thanks to Jarrod for his time. There wasn't much to talk about from the Pride camp this week but things should be getting more interesting as we move closer to the NWSL Challenge Cup. The USWNT, on the other hand, is about to get the SheBelieves Cup underway. This week's mailbag asked about where to go prior to attending an Orlando City game and multiple listeners give us the power to help them make their jersey purchase decisions. 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. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 282 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City fought the Colorado Rapids to a 1-1 draw on Friday night, Media Day turned up plenty of interesting news, and the Lions have a new Homegrown Player. 26:52 - Jarrod Dillon jumps on with us to tell us about building the Orlando City audience and creating a better fan experience. 51:35 - The USWNT braces for SheBelieves Cup action and our mailbag gives us all the power in the world (over jersey selection, anyway). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 281: Preseason Results & Rumors, Pride's Challenge Cup Schedule, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 66:08


    Orlando City got its 2022 preseason underway with a pair of matches within the past week and neither the results nor the injury news was what Lions fans were looking for. The club dropped its opener to Minnesota United — or was it the Chicago Fire? Nah, we're pretty sure it was the Loons — last Thursday and then fell 1-0 to FC Dallas on Saturday. The latter match had the added angst of seeing new Designated Player striker Ercan Kara helped off the field and unable to put any weight on one of his legs. The news wasn't dire on Monday, however, as the club announced that Kara is day to day with an ankle sprain. We don't know the severity or how much time he'll miss but it wasn't an ideal start to his time with Orlando City. Hopefully he's a quick healer and the injury wasn't as bad as it looked to those in attendance. Speaking of attendance, we hope to see you out at Orlando's next preseason match this Friday against Colorado. Facundo Torres arrived in town and there was a hot rumor to dissect to wrap up our coverage of the Lions this week. The Pride have their schedule and their group for the 2022 NWSL Challenge Cup. Get ready for three home matches in the competition and hopefully Amanda Cromwell's side will surprise some folks and make the knockout stages this year. Cromwell teased an attacker signing this week so we'll be on the lookout for eyeball emojis from Ian Fleming. We also discussed the last USMNT qualifer in the most recent window — a really stupidly scheduled match in sub-freezing temperatures that saw only two of the opponents subbed off due to hypothermia. Hey, at least the Yanks won, but they could have done that in a much nicer climate. This week's mailbag asked about athletes becoming the targets of fan ire and abuse, musical choice limitations for life, and whether the Pride have an advantage with fewer internationals 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. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 281 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City got a pretty big scare with Ercan Kara and hopefully he'll be back quickly. Also, hopefully the Lions will start winning games soon. It's just the preseason, but winning is always better than not. 14:15 - The Pride know who, where, and when they'll play in the NWSL Challenge Cup and the coach says the team might be getting some offensive help soon. That's good, because Mia Fishel is off to a great start at Tigres. 31:18 - Our mailbag wants to torture us by limiting us to one musical artist/album/song for the rest of our lives. That's just cruel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 280: Ercan Kara Signs, Pride Additions Galore, USMNT, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 82:07


    Orlando City officially signed Austrian striker Ercan Kara to a Designated Player contract. The new DP center forward will wear the No. 9 and fill that role for the Orlando attack after arriving on a three-year deal with two club option years. We're excited to welcome him to the fold and to have a replacement for Daryl Dike, and can't wait to see how he fits in with the group as the preseason progresses. The Lions also reversed their position on having all preseason scrimmages closed to the public. Orlando City is allowing fans to attend the Feb. 11 match against the Colorado Rapids. Season ticket holders can get four free tickets to the game and the general public can get in for $10. The match will be a good opportunity for fans to catch their first glimpse of the team and to help out the club's charitable endeavors. Most of the news from the previous week surrounds the 2022 Orlando Pride. The rebuilding is well underway and Pride GM Ian Fleming spent most of the last week signing players from the club's last two draft classes. Amanda Cromwell has also completed her coaching staff with the hiring of Aline Villares Reis as goalkeeping coach. But that's not all! The Pride also made a couple of trades, sending fullback Ali Riley to Los Angeles and Marisa Viggiano to Houston. In return, the Pride added some Allocation Money, a couple of third-round draft picks for 2023, and a center back. Megan Montefusco joins Orlando and should fulfill one of the club's biggest needs in central defense. The Pride also signed English goalkeeper Anna Moorhouse, who has played for some big clubs across the pond. This is likely not all the Pride will do before the season arrives. The United States Men's National Team was in action twice since our last show and things didn't go as well as any of us would have liked. The USMNT got a tougher-than-expected win over El Salvador but then flopped in the icy wastes of Canada in World Cup qualifying. The Stars & Stripes have one more hurdle in this window and must beat Honduras in the just-as-icy wastes of Minnesota this week. This week's mailbag wants to know about movies featuring actors who played Batman, how certain players might fit in with Orlando City, and our takes on a snoman photo. 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. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 280 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City adds a Designated Player, opens up a preseason match, and appears to be more than willing to engage with fans in order to improve their experience. 29:15 - The Pride have been exceedingly busy with signings, trades, and additions to the staff. We do our best to remember all of them. Plus, the USMNT just isn't that good right now but what if they're built for what comes after Concacaf rather than for qualifying? 1:02:34 - Our mailbag makes us come up with American Gladiator names for each other and we get to name drop some of our favorite movies. There is also a soccer question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 279: Facundo Torres Signs, Pride Hires Assistant Coaches, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 67:31


    Orlando City had a busy week off the pitch even as the Lions were getting down to business in preseason training. The long-awaited signing of winger Facundo Torres became official this week but fans will need to wait a little longer for him to arrive after the international window. Torres signed as a Young Designated Player and will be expected to make a big impact in 2022. The wing position also got a departure this week as news broke out of Ecuador that Alexander Alvarado will go on loan to LDU in Quito. Orlando hasn't made that official but the Ecuadorian club announced that there's also a purchase option. Austrian striker Ercan Kara seems the likeliest next move to get over the finish line as reports had him headed to the U.S. for his physical as of yesterday. If Orlando City can complete the transaction, the Lions will have their replacements for both Nani and Daryl Dike, with a potential Gaston Gonzalez addition in May providing coverage for the departed Chris Mueller. The Lions are getting younger and could be a hungrier team for the 2022 season. Finally, the Lions did a little roster compliance housekeeping by acquiring an international roster slot from Montreal for some General Allocation Money and a draft pick. And young Lions Michael Halliday and Thomas Williams got a call-up to the U-20 USMNT. We break down all the Orlando City news and talk about what could be coming next. The Pride added three assistant coaches and now only need to replace departed goalkeeping coach Lloyd Yaxley. One of those assistants is USWNT legend Michelle Akers. We discuss the new staff and boy are we ready for some Orlando Pride signings. Exploria Stadium will again host a USMNT World Cup qualifier against Panama. We discuss that news and take a quick look at the upcoming FIFA window, which is a pivotal — and probably cold — one for the United States. This week's mailbag wants to know if Orlando City's technical staff are playing FIFA, whether sponsorship garlic can keep the monsters at bay, and whether a former Lion killer would make a good Lion. 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. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 279 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City adds a YDP, looks to have lost a backup winger, and all other manner of off-season rumor mongering. 30:47 - The Pride round out Amanda Cromwell's coaching staff, the USMNT face a huge qualifying window, and we coin the term “mailboxbag.” Or is it “mailbagbox?” Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 278: Pato Returns to Orlando City, Orlando Pride Departures, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 78:21


    Orlando City still has yet to replace three key departures in the attack — Daryl Dike, Nani, and Chris Mueller — but the Lions did retain Alexandre Pato. The Duck returns for 2022 and can hopefully stay healthy long enough to display some of his considerable talent as the club vies for a third consecutive playoff appearance. That might not happen without offensive reinforcements and the news has been light on that front. There have been some reports and a feeling that Facundo Torres isn't far from being announced, but that's only one corner of the triangle. Orlando has a lot of work to do and now that preseason is here, the window for integrating new players in time to make a difference once the regular season arrives is closing. The club also announced its preseason schedule, which is kind of meaningless if no one is allowed to attend, but that's beside the point. Scrimmages will be held behind closed doors and we'll just have to take whatever news we can get when it comes to that. The Orlando Pride have had a very cost-effective week. The Pride saw top draft pick Mia Fishel sign with Tigres in Mexico's top flight, so that'll save the team some money on not having to sign the No. 5 overall selection. Also, the Pride sent Taylor Kornieck and the rights to midfielder Emily van Egmond to San Diego for a nice chunk of allocation money. The Pride is flush with funds, and maybe the strategy is to distract the other team with cash while Sydney Leroux and Marta score goals? We're sure there will be players added to Amanda Cromwell's roster. Could be any minute. ...any minute now. ...just at any moment in time. Anyway, while we wait, we had time to answer this week's questions. This week's mailbag was curious to know what we were streaming these days, whether Orlando City has time to make some significant signings, whether the current roster is good enough to make the postseason, 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. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 278 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City has its Duck back but so far, not much else on the offensive end. 33:09 - The Pride keep bleeding players and are apparently trying to staunch that bleeding with allocation money. 50:51 - Mailbag time! Is Peacemaker any good? What are we watching now? And when will reinforcements arrive? We opine! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    PawedCast Episode 277: Orlando City Transfer News & Rumors, Pride Add a Forward, MLS Draft, and More

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 70:05


    Orlando City is in the midst of its off-season roster makeover that feels more like a rebuild after losing so much offense in the forms of Daryl Dike, Nani, and Chris Mueller. There haven't been any additions to the attack as far as transfers, but the Lions did add a couple of attacking players via Tuesday's 2022 MLS SuperDraft. We'll tell you what little we know about Orlando's three draftees. Dike said goodbye but it's good to have Mauricio Pereyra back for another year and it's also quite nice to have Ruan sign on for a couple more years, taking care of the team's right back spot. The Lions added a Uruguayan central midfielder but have not yet landed the South American wingers that have been reported on for weeks. We have (sort of) updates on those. We also discuss Alexandre Pato's recent social media posts that indicate his return may be coming any time now. The Orlando Pride made a minor trade on Tuesday, adding forward Darian Jenkins. We get into what that trade means and whether the Pride paid too much. The good news is that this is a player that Head Coach Amanda Cromwell knows well and probably has a good understanding of how best to utilize her talents. This week's mailbag asks about what to do in England, which Lion will wear the armband in 2022, and how to rank the 2021 output from Marvel Studios. 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. Stay safe and enjoy the show! Here's how No. 277 went down: 0:15 - Orlando City goings, comings, draftings, rumorings, and re-signings. 39:44 - The Pride bolster the attack and another thought-provoking mailbag. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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