Mike Goes Solo! Bundesliga and MLSPA Bargaining



Hey, soccer fans! In tonight’s episode, Mike flies solo as Nick is busy moving to a new house. But fear not! Mike covers everything in American soccer. Tune in for the following:

Americans in the Bundesliga

  • How did the USMNT player pool fare in the latest matches?
  • Get the latest on Josh Sargent, Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams, and Gio Reyna
  • How has Alphonso Davies been doing, what’s his ceiling?
  • Mike’s reactions to the standings and the Americans impact in the league

MLS and MLSPA Collective Bargaining

  • How close are we to a lockout? Is there any hope for a season?
  • Get the latest on the negotiations
  • Mike gives his take on the main issues between the two sides

Q & A and Current Events

  • How will Covid-19 impact European or South American soccer team pre-season tours of the US or Canada?
  • What will the economic impact of the collective bargaining be on the league?
  • Mike talks favorite games with our viewers

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USMNT in Bundesliga, Garber is Pissed, and FCC Welcome Stam



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to another episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast! We’ve got a great show lined up for your including our takes on the following:

  • Americans in the Bundesliga
    • We break down the advanced stats for the USMNT player pool playing in Germany
    • How did McKennie, Reyna, Brooks, Adams, and Sargent perform?
  • Don Garber is pissed
    • Who leaked the plans for the MLS season to resume? Heads will roll!
  • FC Cincinnati welcome new head coach Jaap Stam
    • We recap his playing and coaching pedigree
    • Will he have success in the MLS? Nick is not optimistic for a coach with an win percentage of 40% on a 1.5 year deal.

Also, we talk Forward Madison FC’s new alternate kit – the Drip Kit, DC United trying to sign Gonzalo Higuain, and all the headlines and news from around the American soccer landscape.

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Bundesliga is Back, Headlines, Soccertown USA



The Bundesliga is back and so is The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We bring you the latest coverage of the Americans in the German league, including recaps of

  • Weston McKennie, the best of a bad Schalke.
  • Tyler Adams, he didn’t screw up!
  • John Brooks, one horrendous play amid a great game.
  • Josh Sargent, yes, he actually did get subbed in.

We also cover headlines from around the American soccer landscape, including DaMarcus Beasley starting a USL club in his hometown of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. Check out the following articles to keep up to date:

In the 2H of the show, we review the documentary Soccertown USA, chronicling the rise of USMNT legends Tab Ramos, John Harkes, and Tony Meola. Check out the Soccertown USA documentary, support Soccertown Media, and learn about the development of modern American soccer!

We also discuss the new elite player development platform forming across the county. Comprised of MLS and elite clubs, this 95 member organization is still growing, and intends to cast a wide net to identify and develop the next generations of start players and coaches. Mike’s a little skeptical on its quick formation at the demise of the US Development Academy, but Nick doesn’t care so long it works!

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Americans Abroad, Re-Opening MLS



Hey, soccer fans! With Bundesliga play resuming this weekend, we’re talking Americans abroad and those players who are overseas that could make an impact on the USMNT. In the 2nd half, Nick and Mike talk about Major League Soccer’s plans to re-open after the Covid-19 hiatus, and what it means for teams and the league. Stay tuned for all this and more with The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

Quick USMNT Takes

-Mike thinks the USMNT will rely on Pulisic, Adams, and McKennie for the foreseeable future

-Nick thinks it’s time to move on from Tyler Boyd as a potential US striker

-The hosts talks depth at defense and midfield: Who else but Cannon and Dest start at outside back?

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MLS Headlines & Rumors, USWNT Case Dismissed, and PRO AR Offside Challenge



Hey, soccer fans! Tonight we get back to the MLS for the latest rumors on transfers – James Rodriguez and Juan Mata – and when play may resume. Marky Delgado gets an extension from TFC, and eMLS isn’t as entertaining as Mike thought. We also dive into the dismissal of the USWNT’s lawsuit vs. USSF and take the PRO AR Offside Challenge.

To take the offside challenge, follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bkv6Rly4kE. Trust us, it’s not as easy as you think.

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Doopy Bros., Super League Pt. 2, and MLS Revenue Streams



Hey, soccer fans! We’re back with our new friends The Doopy Brothers to discuss all things Philadelphia Union and Pennsylvania soccer. Tune in for the latest on Brenden Aaronson, Ilsinho, Jim Curtain, and The Sons of Ben, as well as the backstory behind The Brotherly Game blog and podcast. In the 2nd half we continue our talk on a North American Super League, and we discuss the diverse revenue streams of MLS and how it’s helping them weather the Covid-19 storm. All this and more in tonight’s episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

Check out The Doopy Brothers on Twitter, on SB Nation, and on their podcast. Be sure to follow their social media as they’ll be releasing new t-shirt designs soon!

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Going FullMingo with Jason Klein, Responding to Rooney



Hey, soccer fans! We go Full Mingo tonight as we welcome Jason Klein from Forward Madison FC. Tune in as their Digital Content Manager gives us the inside scoop of the Chicago Fire’s newest affiliate in USL League 1. You don’t want to miss out on learning all about Madison’s professional soccer team, including their cow mascot Lionela Bessi, and hearing the origin story of the Astonishingly Shiny Cup of All Cups.

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In the 2nd half, Nick and Mike respond to Wayne Rooney’s criticism of MLS owner’s exploiting the trade structure to the detriment of American players. Is Rooney just “out of town stupid” or does he make a good point? Is he speaking from a position of privilege or is he trying to grow the game in the US? Tune in for our takes. The full interview can be found here.

The hosts conclude with their thoughts on Atlas and Santos pushing for a unified Liga MX and MLS super league. Both Nick and Mike agree that Liga MX is looking for a way to save their league, and MLS would be stupid to allow another league to siphon off fans, viewers, and dollars. But is the allure of a North American Superleague too great?

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Sunny Days with the Fair Weather Podcast



Greetings, soccer fans! In this week’s episode Nick and Mike sit down with Marisa and Alan of the Fair Weather Podcast. We learn all about the San Diego Loyal of the USL Championship and the soccer community in the fair weather city of San Diego. Nick, Mike, Alan, and Marisa also talk podcasting, Premier League loyalties, and share soccer stories from around USL and MLS. Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode!

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Getting to Know Sactown FC



Hey, soccer fans! We bring you a special episode where we get to know the hosts of Sactown FC – the number one soccer-specific podcast in Sacramento. In the first half, they give us the history of their podcast, the status of soccer in Sacramento, and what the MLS can expect from it’s latest expansion franchise.

The second half of the show is full of questions, conversation, and banter between Nick and Mike of SOP Soccer and Jon and Louis of Sactown FC. They talk the expansion of games, international fandom, and even share their drinks of choice while podcasting. Mike and Jon even bond over their disdain for the LA Galaxy, and everyone rips on the new Chicago Fire FC Logo. Tune to get to know a exciting new podcast and hear the soccer conversation.

Sactown FC Website: https://sactownfc.com/
Sactown FC Twitter: https://twitter.com/SactownFC

Also, if you’re a fan of the Scottish side Rangers, be sure to reach out to Jon from Sactown.


Lawsuits, Bribes, and a Brief Expansion History



Hey, soccer fans! We’re back with another quarantine special. In tonight’s episode, our hosts touch on three major topics in the landscape of American soccer:

  • The USWNT lawsuit vs. USSF: US Soccer has a new law firm. Is this an admission of past failings, a stall tactic, or a strategic move? Hear Nick and Mike’s thoughts on the basis of the suit, the legal developments, and the implications on the future of the federation.
  • Bribery prosecutions in New York: US attorneys levied bribery charges against Concacaf, Conmebol, and Fox television executives for their role in awarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar and giving Fox the tv rights without open bidding.
  • MLS Expansion Review: The hosts review the history of expansion in the MLS and look to the future of which cities could host the next Major League Soccer franchise.

Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode!

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