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PawedCast Episode 115: Opening Day vs. D.C. United and Chris Mueller Interview

We’re talking to one of the newest Lions just days after his MLS debut, plus we dissect the draw vs. D.C., talk Pride, and much more.

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MLS: D.C. United at Orlando City SC Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The off-season is officially over and we’ve got real and meaningful matches to discuss. We’ve got a lot to say about Orlando City’s opening 1-1 draw against D.C. United — penalty saves, red cards, video review, last-ditch tackles, and one very special tying goal. Plus, our pick is unanimous for Man of the Match. We also touched on the Pride re-signing Alanna Kennedy, Orlando players in the Algarve Cup, and those unsung trialists for the NWSL squad.

But you don’t just have to listen to us talk about the game. We’ve got Orlando City rookie forward Chris Mueller along and he’ll tell you the advice he got about his first pro game, which players inspired him, and how he and Cam Lindley picked the song they had to sing before the team dinner. You won’t want to miss this interview.

The final segment includes our key match-ups and score predictions (sure to be wrong), a preview of the SheBelieves Cup in Orlando, and our answers to listener questions in our Ask The Mane Land PawedCast mailbag. If there’s something you want us to address on our next show, just tweet it to us @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

Here’s how No. 115 evolved:

0:12- It was a weird, wild home opener for Orlando City and a lot happened. We discuss that and how Justin Meram is really good at soccer.

45:44- Chris Mueller talks about his first professional start, how he critiqued his performance, the team’s attitude, and more.

1:02:14- The #AskTMLPC mailbag runneth over this week, plus our preview of the SheBelieves Cup finale and our key match-ups and score predictions for the Lions vs. Minnesota.