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PawedCast Episode 64: Montreal Review and LA Galaxy Preview

We’re breaking down an enjoyable 4-1 Orlando City win over the Montreal Impact, talking Pride, OCB, and the USMNT, and also looking ahead to Sunday’s match-up against the LA Galaxy and familiar face Landon Donovan.

MLS: Orlando City SC at Montreal Impact Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been a long time since Orlando City enjoyed a two-game winning streak and so we’re going to enjoy this one for as long as we can, even though we’ve got a trip to play the LA Galaxy coming up this weekend. That trip was made all the more difficult with this week’s announcement that Landon Donovan is returning from retirement to help the Galaxy the rest of this season. He’ll reportedly be available for selection on Sunday too, which has us pretty terrified, even if only because of the emotional lift he’ll give LA.

We break down Donovan’s return and give our key match-ups and score predictions for Sunday’s game.

But before that, we’ve got a lot to talk about. We give a complete blow-by-blow breakdown of Orlando City’s unbelievable 4-1 win at Montreal and the tour de force performance by substitute striker Carlos Rivas. Goals, penalties, sendings off and even an indirect free kick in the penalty area. This game had it all and we are happy to chat about it.

We also discuss the Orlando Pride’s 1-1 draw at Sky Blue FC and the very pointed comments by Ashlyn Harris about her teammates in the wake of that disappointing result, in which Alex Morgan had staked the Pride to a 1-0 lead. Then we get into the free falling OCB and discuss whether they can hold onto that last USL Eastern Conference playoff spot. It’s going to be tough.

Plus, the USMNT, Cyle Larin, Kevin Molino, the Hex, and more!

Here’s the rundown:

0:12- Orlando City with a huge win at Montreal and we discuss it in loving detail. All four goals, the weirdness, the red card, the indirect free kick, and more.

29:30- The Orlando Pride’s 1-1 draw with Sky Blue snapped a losing streak but extended a winless skid. But the tie was perhaps overshadowed by Ashlyn Harris’ post-game comments.

34:30- OCB seems to have lost the plot in their playoff quest but they are still above the red line. What’s the problem? We discuss.

41:12- The USMNT defeated Kevin Molino’s Trinidad & Tobago and both countries are into the Hex. We’ve got thoughts on the U.S. victory, CONCACAF qualifying, and the upcoming Hex.

48:00- Our key match-ups and final score predictions for Orlando City at the LA Galaxy are definitely affected by Landon Donovan’s return from retirement. Why is Don Ovan coming back? Couldn’t they get Hat Trick Rick, El Nino, or Spray Dan?

And that’ll do it. We’ll be back next week to break down the OCSC-Galaxy match and look ahead to the Columbus Crew. Plus the Pride, OCB, and more!