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COVID-19, Charlotte’s Front Office, Pro/Rel, and Cordeiro Steps Down



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome again to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. The world is a different place since our last podcast, and we hope to provide a brief respite from the pandemic of COVID-19. In tonight’s episode, we discuss:

  • the impact of the Coronavirus on soccer in America
  • the new management hires for Charlotte’s expansion franchise
  • a different take on promotion/relegation
  • USSF President Cordeiro steps down after a terrible language in a legal brief

Stay tuned for all this and more (not that there’s anything else for you to do!), and thank you for your continued support of our show.

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Signings around the MLS, Thoughts on the CBA, and the Future Structure of the League



Hello once again, soccer fans! Tonight, our hosts answer listener questions on trades and signings from around Major League Soccer (MLS). What are the key points and what makes them different from other American leagues? While they bargaining and goals are the same (get the best players for the best value) there are a lot more bargaining chips in the MLS – TAM, GAM, and international roster spots, to name a few. Also, MLS franchises can scout the entire world for soccer talent, where other American leagues have a much more limited player pool.

Specifically, our hosts address the signings of:

  • Lucas Cavallini, Vancouver Whitecaps
  • Diego Valeri, Portland Timbers
  • Francisco Ginella, Los Angeles FC
  • Adam Buksa, New England Revolution

In the 2nd half of the show, Nick and Mike give their thoughts on the upcoming CBA negotiations and the anticipated issues between the MLSPA and the league. The focus of the negotiations will likely revolve around free agency, salaries, and … chartered flights!? Yes, with increased revenue, the league is going to have a much more difficult time not raising the salary cap, minimum salaries, or allowing chartered flights.

The show wraps up with thoughts on further expansion and what the future structure of the league might look like. With Charlotte being just announced as the MLS’ 30th franchise, the Major League Soccer is at the size of most other American sports leagues, but much larger than any other soccer league in the world. Are they at a breaking point? Or is a restructure on the horizon? Tune in for some scenarios that Nick and Mike think could happen.

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