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PawedCast Episode 66: Columbus Crew Review and D.C. United Preview

Breaking down a depressing 4-1 loss to a conference cellar dweller is never fun, but let’s give it a shot, shall we? Oh, and we look ahead to D.C. United with our friends from Black and Red United. We also talk OCB, Orlando Pride, and more.

MLS: Columbus Crew SC at Orlando City SC Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Those consecutive wins over New York City FC and Montreal Impact feel like they happened years ago. Orlando City has been slam dunked on two weeks in a row, and the road doesn’t get any easier with the team traveling to RFK to take on D.C. United this weekend.

Still, we can only talk about the games that have been played (or are about to be played), so let’s dive into that Columbus loss a little bit. We managed to find a Man of the Match candidate among the participants in purple from that less-than-ideal result, but it wasn’t easy.

Our friend Adam Taylor from Black and Red United stopped by to prep us for what we can expect from D.C. United this weekend. Adam is very knowledgeable and we appreciate him dropping some of that knowledge on us as we get set for a very different looking United team than the one we saw last year. Oh, and I was on their very fine Filibuster podcast this week if you want to check that out.

And we also discuss Orlando City B’s final chance to snag the last USL Eastern Conference playoff spot this weekend at Bethlehem Steel, the Pride’s home finale, Becky Edwards’ impending retirement, the recent USWNT matches, and more.

Here’s how the show unfolded:

0:12- Orlando City played a soccer match against Columbus Crew SC and it did not go well. Goals were shipped, defenders were burned, and hey, at least Cyle Larin scored a goal, so there’s that.

30:31- Adam Taylor jumps aboard to talk about the new-look United, a team that can score goals but hasn’t been stopping them with as much regularity as in the past. Adam tells us exactly how to stop that attack, though, so it’s all good, as long as Jason Kreis listens to this podcast. Oh God.

50:03- Our key match-ups and final score predictions! Remember kids, no wagering.

That’ll do it for another week. Thanks for listening.