ATL in the CCL, the Importance of the Combine and SuperDraft, LA’s DPs, and Nick Rants Against the Fire

Welcome back to another edition of the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast! Tonight, we put listener @eric_turner7 in the driver seat, answering his questions and discussing the latest news from around the league.

With Atlanta United coming off an MLS Cup victory, undergoing a lot of roster changes, and matching up against Liga MX club Monterrey or Sporting KC in the 2nd round of the Concacaf Champions League, the odds are definitely against the Five Stripes making a deep run. Mike shares how Atlanta can learn from Toronto FC’s run in 2018 and why they might be able to overcome the challenges that await.

Next, Nick dives into the MLS Combine and SuperDraft, sharing different philosophies. FC Cincinnati, needing to fill a new MLS roster, traded to acquire draft picks, for a total of 7. They’re building through the draft. Philadelphia Union, who traded 5 picks to FCC, needs the money to build through signings, while the Red Bulls and FC Dallas are known to build through their academies. In other player news, Mike breaks down how the LA Galaxy can get out of having 4 Designated Players on their roster (rules mandate no more than 3). While Gio dos Santos is the likely move, having grossly under-performed, the Galaxy could most easily move Romain Alessandrini, who has been the brightest star for the Galaxy over the last several seasons.

Finally and after listening to an interview with GM Nelson Rodriguez, Nick goes on a rant against the Chicago Fire. Not only is Rodriguez a terrible interview, he offered no concrete plan for the future, no evidence of future signings, and supports a coach who players have been fleeing from. Mike breaks down the current Fire roster and isn’t optimistic either. With only weeks to go before training camp, Chicago only has 4 defenders and 2 goalkeepers on their roster – and neither GK should be starting in the MLS. Keep your eyes open for more underwhelming moves by the Fire.


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3 thoughts on “ATL in the CCL, the Importance of the Combine and SuperDraft, LA’s DPs, and Nick Rants Against the Fire

  1. First time listener – loved the show. On #cf97 – in 2016 they got it right to build for 2017. What the hell did they change?!! The issue seems to be getting deals over the line and not the recruitment. We’ve had Jack Harrison, Quintero, Casillas, among others. Retaining and signing top players seems to be the real issue.

    1. Thanks for the comment! Glad you like the show.
      The loss of Accam and lack of defensive depth really hurt them. Too many holes to fill for 2018 and Basti playing out of position for most of the season were too much to overcome. We agree with you about signing talent, and we’re still waiting for that big announcement.
      The Fire have a lot of issues, and yes, getting deals done seems to be a big one.

    2. Hello Alan2301!
      Thanks for the comment and sorry for not replying sooner. Not sure the Fire changed much from 2016 to 2017, but that they just overachieved in 2017. No doubt getting better players needs to be a priority, so how do you feel about the recent signing of Przemyslaw Frankowski?

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