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PawedCast Episode 197: MLS Cancels Stuff, Bundesliga’s Back, NWSL Tourney, and More

Patrick Murphy from Massive Report joins us to talk about the pandemic and how others see the rumored MLS-to-Orlando plan.

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1. FC Koeln v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Soccer is back (in some places) and yet the MLS keeps canceling things. We are here to talk about some of those things that are now not going to happen in 2020 and the return of the Bundesliga (behind closed doors), with one eye firmly glued to any updates of MLS potentially bringing all teams to Orlando for some games.

Friend of the PawedCast Patrick Murphy of Massive Report jumped on with us this week to tell us what the pandemic has been like in one of the other MLS Eastern Conference cities — Columbus — and to give an outsider’s perspective of the MLS-to-Orlando plan, along with other thoughts in this weird and awful time. Big thanks to Patrick for joining us. Again.

We answer our listeners’ questions, which includes some discussion of beer as well as what pizza ingredients are represented by Orlando City players, among other topics. If there’s anything — and we do mean anything —you want us to address on our next show, just ask by tweeting it to us at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.

We continued our rewatch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this week, discussing both Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel’s The Avengers. Needless to say, the quality improved this week and it is reflected in our updated power rankings. Be sure to give us yours!

Finally, we get to some NWSL news, as the entire league could be headed to Utah to play in a tournament from late June to late July. Basically it’s the MLS-to-Orlando plan, except in Utah and with fewer teams. But soccer is good, so we hope that if the teams can’t play in their home stadiums, that they can finally get the season underway somewhere.

Stay safe and enjoy the show.

Here’s how show No. 197 went down:

0:15 - Everything is canceled! Well, not the full MLS season (yet) but the league did nix three high-profile events. Oh, and there’s soccer in Germany going on in empty stadiums. It’s pretty great to see, even if VAR still sucks (but I have a fix for that!).

28:57 - Patrick Murphy brings a Columbus-centric view of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent sports stoppage to the show. Plus, we get the outsider’s opinion on the entire league coming to Orlando. Oh, and he hasn’t watched Tiger King yet.

54:27 - Questions about pizza, beer, and soccer. Plus our MCU rewatch continues as we discuss Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel’s The Avengers. Oh, and the NWSL might all get together in Utah and play a tournament or something, so that’s cool.