PawedCast Episode 286: Amanda Cromwell Interview, Cincy Rewind, LA Preview, and More
Orlando City suffered their first loss of the season and you never imagined it would fall at the hands of an FC Cincinnati side suffering 14 straight losses and yet to score a goal in 2022. But football is a fun game and sometimes the joke is on you. So it was Saturday that the Lions topped every statistical category, but the one that matters most in a 2-1 home loss. In co-host David Rohe’s first absence in 225 consecutive episodes of The Mane Land PawedCast, I am joined by LML personal writer Ben Miller this week. We break down the game’s important plays, moments and trends and make our Man of the Match picks. We also discuss what the Lions can do if teams continue to foul them like crazy every week.
As a special treat, we are joined by Orlando Pride head coach Amanda Cromwell, who is entering her first season in charge of the club. NWSL side. She will lead Pride in their first competitive match of 2022 on Saturday night at Exploria Stadium in the NWSL Challenge Cup. But it will be a trial by fire as Orlando hosts the defending NWSL Cup champion Washington’s Spirit. The coach was kind enough to discuss what kept her away from UCLA to coach Pride, some of his assistant coaching hires, his philosophy, and more. In the midst of such a busy week, we can’t thank her enough for her time.
We also discussed the Orlando Pride opening day roster, which dropped this week. And Orlando City B has named its coaching staff for the Young Lions inaugural season in MLS NEXT Pro. We hate the name of the league but we love the return of OCB.
This week’s Mail was interested in how Ben felt about his first time in the co-host chair, and which Leo we’d most like to spend spring break with. If there is something – and we mean nothing – you want us to talk to you on the next show, just ask us by tweeting it at @TheManeLand with the hashtag #AskTMLPC.
And we closed the show by giving our key matches and score predictions for Saturday’s trip to play the The Galaxy.
Stay safe and enjoy the show!
Here’s how #286 fell:
0:15 – The city of Orlando lost. In Cincinnati. Yeah, that’s not great. But there were a few positives. We try to think about it.
45:00 – Interview with Amanda Cromwell! Pride’s new coach looks set to start this week and it was great to hear him talk about the team’s hard work on the training ground.
1:02:17 – Pride named their 2022 roster ahead of the Challenge Cup opener, OCB has a coaching staff, the mailbag was relatively light this week, and we give you our predictions for Saturday.