Sapong, CCL, and More 2019 Team Previews

Hello soccer fans! We are back with a full hour of MLS and CCL news and entertainment (Nick even works in a Robert Kraft joke amidst his usual puns). With so much going on around Major League Soccer, we dive right in: CJ Sapong was traded to Chicago and no one is impressed. Real Salt Lake signs USL player Portillo to add depth to their midfield, and FC Cincinnati introduces their new mascot – Gary the Lion – who is the soccer equivalent of a scary clown.

Next, our hosts recap the 1st leg of the Concacaf Champions League. Toronto FC falls flat against Panamanian side Independiente for the second time, Atlanta gets upset by Herediano of Costa Rica, but Sporting Kansas City, Houston Dynamo, and Red Bulls New York all come away with wins. Nick still thinks RBNY will be the first MLS team to win the tournament, but Sporting KC may have the easiest path to the finals.

Mike and Nick also continue their MLS 2019 Team Previews. In this episode, they break down the roster moves and potential for New England Revolution, New York City FC, Red Bulls New York, Philadelphia Union, and the Portland Timbers. These teams span from league cellar-dwellers to MLS Cup Contenders, but all have entertaining story lines to follow as the season gets underway.

Finally, we want to put in a plug for new friend of the show Christopher Sweeney. This author recently released Mad Dog Gravesen: The Last of the Modern Footballing Mavericks, about the footballing spectacle that was Thomas Gravesen. Order online if you’re a fan of European football or great soccer stories.

Thanks for listening, and please join the conversation on twitter @SOPSoccer or on facebook @sonsofapitchsoccer. Stay tuned for our final team preview episode later this week, but in the meantime, enjoy all the soccer action!

One thought on “Sapong, CCL, and More 2019 Team Previews

  1. Guys I love your show. My name is John Donovan . I am a big fan of the MLS but not the Chicago fire. I have some sort of disease that forces me to watch every Fire game and root against the Home team. MY business at one time had 6 season tickets and today we have none. The fact is that I could not even give the tickets away. Last year I wrote Hauptman 6 times and you guessed it I did not receive even 1 return letter. What do you expect from a man that is Holding his team unitl the price is right then sell? This is done all the time but sports owners generally try to win when they have a pro team. I am so frustrated with the team resigning the worst coach in the history of the league. He has lost more games than any coach over a three year period in the history of the league.
    Finally, I own a food Brokerage company, we represent a company from Mexico called Jarritos. We are constantly reminded that Chicago is the second largest Mexican population in the United States. Could you tell me why this idiot NR keeps going to Europe to get players? He should be spending his dollars with Mexicans rather than old Europeans. Look how Atlanta built their team. If you need a sponsor and the price you quoted was correct please drop me a note. I would love to have the company on your show

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