Josef’s Out, More Miami Rumors, VAR Rant, and the League Roundup

Welcome back, soccer fans! We are The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast, and we are excited to talk soccer with you. In this episode, our hosts discuss the impact of Josef Martinez’ injury on Atlanta United’s playoff hopes and the impact that Michael Parkhurst had on Major League Soccer, in the wake of his retirement announcement. They break down the latest rumored signing for expansion club Inter Miami – David Silva, currently of Manchester City – and Nick thinks this signing would put Miami in the playoffs from the start.

Nick then rants about VAR and the misunderstanding and ignorance soccer fans have when it comes to reviewing goals scored and whether a player was offside. Look up the International Football Association Board’s Laws of the Game for the exact text, or just remember that a player either is or is not offside … there’s no subjectivity to it! That’s why clear and obvious error is the wrong standard when reviewing such a play.

Finally, Mike keeps things rolling with the league roundup – a look at every game from last week around the MLS and what impact they have on the playoff picture. Hint: not much impact as there are still half the playoff spots up for grabs. Only LAFC has clinched in the Western Conference, but only one spot remains in the Eastern Conference. Tune in to hear who has the best chance at getting in, and which team is a cup contender.

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One thought on “Josef’s Out, More Miami Rumors, VAR Rant, and the League Roundup

  1. Nice pod, I love that you guys get together to do these.
    Are you guys near Ohare or Midway? My cousin lives on S. Keeler Ave. and we hear the same noises when we visit them. Funny.
    Regarding VAR, thank you for outlining how it’s supposed to be used. I mentioned on Twitter that I hate VAR. Perhaps that is a post-traumatic loss reaction. I think the problem was that the Lead Ref (Toledo in this case) does not trust his instincts, and allows VAR to make all decisions for him.

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