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PawedCast Episode 77: Miguel Gallardo Interview and Philadelphia Union Preview

With the Lions-Revs game getting postponed, we look at this week’s big Orlando City news, plus Orlando Pride and OCB. We also spoke to former OCSC keeper Miguel Gallardo — now the club’s sideline analyst -- and Eugene Rupinski of The Brotherly Game.

Image courtesy of Orlando City SC

Well, we don’t have a game to break down this week because of Mother Nature rearing her ugly head, but to make up for it, we’re bringing you an extra guest! Former Orlando City goalkeeper Miguel Gallardo — currently the club’s sideline analyst and community ambassador — joins us to discuss his new roles with the club, his time with the Lions, and his time in Jacksonville. And we also welcome Eugene Rupinski from The Brotherly Game to give us the Philadelphia perspective on the Lions vs. the Union this Saturday.

Before we get to our guests, we may not have a game to recap, but we sure do have a lot of news. Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik extended his contract through 2020, Seb Hines underwent knee surgery, the Orlando Pride opened preseason camp and might sign Brazilian superstar Marta, OCB got a new Brazilian defender from the club’s partnership with Atletico Paranaense, and we discuss the expansion battle between the United clubs from Minnesota and Atlanta.

After Miguel talks to us about his gig and what it was like to face his old Orlando City teammates, Eugene jumped on and told us a bit about this year’s edition of the Union and what we can expect for Saturday. Spoiler: the Union are still a pretty good soccer team.

And of course, we can’t possibly sign off without our key match-ups and final predictions, which you absolutely shouldn’t use as a basis for any wagering.

Here’s the show this week:

0:13- Orlando City gets a snow day, Bendik gets a new deal, Hines gets his knee repaired, Pride get started, OCB gets a defender, and Minnesota gets a new MLS record it probably didn’t want.

37:46- Miguel Gallardo checks in with us and tells us what he’ll be doing this season for the club. He also talks about what we might see this weekend.

53:19- Eugene Rupinski gives us the 411 on the Union so far this season.

1:06:12- Key match-ups and predictions!

We’ll be back next week to do it all again!