After a week off due to my inconvenient gallbladder removal surgery, we are back -- and in a big way. Episode 41 of the PawedCast celebrates the opening of Orlando Pride's preseason training camp with an exclusive interview with midfielder and England international Lianne Sanderson.
Lianne was kind enough to take time out of her busy preseason to discuss the early days of the club's inaugural NWSL camp, her role with the team, how important the quality of life is in determining where she plays soccer, and much more. The Pride is in good hands with leaders like her.
But, since we missed last week, there's plenty for us to talk about. We break down the good, bad, and ugly about both the Real Salt Lake and Chicago Fire games for Orlando City, and we give you our Man of the Match for both. In a weird cosmic coincidence, we were unanimous in our choice for both matches. Plus, we discuss the early season performances of Antonio Nocerino, Kevin Molino, the Orlando City back line and more.
And of course, we cannot leave without giving you the key match-ups and score predictions for Friday's trip to Yankee Stadium to take on New York City FC.
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Here's how the show went down:
0:12- Two games, two draws, two Cyle Larin goals. What went right and wrong and how much blame should be heaped on Seb Hines or Joe Bendik? Plus, David Accam is really, really fast.
33:13- Lianne Sanderson joins us and we get to know one of Orlando Pride's veteran players.
49:25- Our key match-ups for Friday night's game between OCSC and NYCFC, including our laughably wrong score predictions.
That's it for another week. We'll be back to break down the New York City match and look ahead to Portland as long as I don't need any more internal organs removed.