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Listener Questions, MLSisBack Tourney Preview, Americans Abroad Roundup



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome to another episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Tonight we answer the questions burning in your mind. Specifically:

  • In soccer, is all defense “zone defense”? Would you ever put your best defender as a “spy” on the other team’s best player and have him follow them all over the field?
  • What is your fear of the MLS is Back Tournament being cancelled amid Covid-19 concerns?
  • What’s the best English Premier League team for Weston McKennie to transfer to from Schalke?
  • How many Americans do you see in Europe in the next ten years? Double what the number now?

We also talk MLS headlines, including

  • Chicago Fire’s tournament experience and edge to the new MLS season
  • Jurgen Locadia gets a loan extension and FC Cincy get the option to buy
  • Ezequiel Barco transfer rumors

Finally, we roundup all the USMNT players in England and the Bundesliga. Hear just how well our current and future stars – Pulisic, McKennie, Adams, Brooks, Llanez, Ream, Reyna, Vickers, Robinson, Sargent – performed for their respective clubs. All this and more in tonight’s episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

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MLS Headlines and Rumors



Hey, soccer fans! We are back! And we bring you the latest from the American soccer landscape. Tune in for all the latest and greatest soccer banter from around the MLS and American soccer community. Tonight’s episode, we debate the following:

  • Should Josh Sargent leave Werder Bremen?
  • Will Jurgen Locadia remain in MLS?
  • Would you sign Fabian Johnson to an MLS side? How about Sergio Ramos?
  • CJ Sapong said what about Aleksander Katai?
  • Can the MLS learn from Ajax?

All this and more in tonight’s episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

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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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USMNT Friendlies vs. Ecuador and Chile and MLS Week 4 Roundup



Hello again, soccer fans! We hope you enjoyed the USMNT action to offset the short MLS schedule this weekend. We at the Sons of a Pitch certainly enjoyed seeing all the names and faces of the future of US Soccer this week.

In their 3rd game under coach Gregg Berhalter, the United States Men’s National Team played a controlling game against Ecuador, but only had a 1-0 victory to show for it. In the next game against Chile, the USMNT had a difficult time beating the high press and were on the back-foot most of the game. Despite that, they held on for a 1-1 draw. Our biggest takeaways are the continued implementation of Coach GGG’s system and the integration of the European based players, and the building of a winning culture. We really say was Adams, McKennie, and Pulisic can do together, but we also saw the flaws in letting wing-backs push too far up the field.

Rising Stock: Zardes-1 goal, 1 assist in last 2 games; Trapp-the smartest guy on the field;

Falling Stock: Baird-who was non-existent; Lovitz-who looked lost; Ream-who still makes that one, dumb play every game

Meanwhile in a less than full slate of Major League Soccer games, the headlines could read:

  • FC Dallas keeps taking points
  • Orlando City finally get a win
  • LAFC get another stoppage time victory – this time courtesy of some Walker Zimmerman brilliance
  • FC Cincinnati win again, turning critics into bandwagon fans
  • At least one New England is terrible: the Revolution are in complete disarray

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Ep 32 – USMNT vs. Mexico: No such thing as a friendly



Welcome back to SOP Soccer and our special USMNT live recording!

In this special episode, Nick and Mike recorded their conversations during the broadcast of the US Men’s National Team vs. Mexico. Listen to their reactions, analysis, and Nick’s #soccerracist rants. Join the conversations on twitter @SOPSoccer and in the comments below.

Also, the halftime thoughts include the news of Sigi Schmid stepping down as LA Galaxy head coach, the direction of US Soccer in their coaching search, and the future of the US vs. Mexico rivalry.

It’s a longer, free-flowing type of episode, so get comfy and get ready to be entertained.


Ep 13 – USMNT Roster Review and Bolivia Recap



The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) hosted Bolivia with a young roster and came back with a 3-0 victory! The hosts break down the game, the goals, and take an in depth look at the US roster and who they would like to see earn minutes in upcoming friendlies. Mike gives his projected Starting XI for the next World Cup qualifying cycle, Nick reviews each player’s current club, and he adds a few names to keep an eye on in Major League Soccer (MLS).

 

Speaking of names, the hosts can barely pronounce a single one. (Special apologies to Eric Lichaj.)