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PawedCast Episode 76: NYCFC Review, Sarah Hagen Interview, & New England Preview

In addition to an exclusive interview with Orlando Pride forward Sarah Hagen, we’ve got a lot to cover with a season-opening win, the brand new stadium is shown off to the world, Kaká sustains an injury and a look ahead to the Revolution.

MLS: New York City FC at Orlando City SC Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando City opened the season in style, defeating fellow 2015 MLS expansion club New York City FC in the cozy confines of the club’s gorgeous new Purple Palace. We’re here to talk about the game in great detail, from the job Joe Bendik did in goal, to the new-look back line — with a midfielder at right back, no less — to newcomer Giles Barnes’ perfectly placed back-post cross, to Cyle Larin’s beautiful header, to Kaká’s injury, and more.

But before all that, we gush at length about the stadium itself and I give a full report of my view and experience in the safe standing section where The Wall lives, breathes, and pulsates throughout the game. We also discussed the captain’s hamstring ouchie and how the club will fare without No. 10 for at least the next six weeks.

And hey, the Orlando Pride start their preseason in just a few days. We’re pleased to bring you our interview with Pride forward Sarah Hagen, who enters her second season with the club. Sarah was gracious with her time, talking about everything from the new stadium, the Kids vs. Pros exhibition, NWSL players leaving to play in Europe, the upcoming Pride season, and more.

And we look ahead to the New England Revolution this Saturday, with our key match-ups and final score predictions, which are identical and probably quite wrong.

Here’s the show rundown:

0:11- That. Stadium. We’ve got nothing but good things to say about Orlando City Stadium, plus a glorious opening day and why I never thought New York City would score.

41:26- Sarah Hagen stops by and talks about her off-season, the upcoming Pride campaign, having teammate Alex Morgan start the season in France, and several other topics.

55:18- Our key match-ups and score predictions for Saturday’s battle in the cold against the New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium.

That’s a wrap! We’ll be back next week to recap the Lions and Revs.