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CCL: A Reflection, MLS Moves



Hey, soccer fan! The Sons of a Pitch are back, reflecting on all things Concacaf Champions League. LAFC was so close to being the first MLS team to bring home the CCL trophy in it’s modern iteration, but ultimately fell short vs. a determined Tigres team. Tune in for our takes on:

  • How big is the loss for club and league?
  • Can we measure MLS by CCL standards?
  • What’s holding back MLS sides from winning CCL?

In the second half, we discuss the various moves from around Major League Soccer, including:

  • What Wondo’s extension means for the San Jose Quakes
  • How BWP can help the Columbus Crew repeat as MLS Cup Champs
  • New England Revs upgrade their midfield attack

We also touch on some USMNT news surrounding Ayo Akinola’s CanMNT call up and the rumored friendly vs. Serbia. Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode of the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

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MLS Cup Recap, CCL Preview



Hey, soccer fans! And welcome to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. Tonight, we recap the 2020 MLS Cup Final and congratulate the champions: the Columbus Crew. We recap what they did right and what Seattle did wrong. Would anyone have guessed that Etienne, Jr. and Aidan Morris would have played so well, or that Zelarayan would’ve bagged a brace?

Next, we examined the sustainability of each franchise. The Seattle Sounders dynasty is a near perfect model, and with Tim Bezbatchenko at the helm in Columbus, he could be building the next dynasty with the Crew. They’re already making moves! To close out the first half, we review the 2020 MLS season award winners and review our own picks from February (a lifetime ago).

In the second half, we preview the Concacaf Champions League with special guest Ryan Anderson. Stay tuned in for our picks and predictions, and hear our thoughts on how the adapted tournament format and the other factors that could finally favor an MLS club. Tune in to the end, as our final picks will not disappoint.

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MLS Cup 2020: The Morning After



What a season, what a finish! The Columbus Crew are the champions of Major League Soccer. In a season marred by Covid-19, the Crew proved themselves worthy champions. Full disclosure: I had predicted the Seattle Sounders would repeat from the pre-season all the way to the MLS Cup Pregame. So how did Caleb Porter and Crew – without stars Darlington Nagbe and Pedro Santos – dethrone the defending champs? It came down to three things: System, Pressure, and some MAPFRE Magic.

System

Porter and the Crew employ a system where every player knows the responsibility of every other player on the pitch. When they begin to build possession from the back or when they turn over an opponent, the ball can be played to a specific area of the field given the situation. If the opposing team presses, play a ball over the top. If they hang back, take the space in the middle of the field. If they use zonal marking, overload and get a numbers advantage.

The Crew’s system allowed them to more easily overcome the loss of two starters than most other teams. (Imagine Seattle trying to play without Joao Paulo or Nico Lodeiro.) Derrick Etienne, Jr. and Aidan Morris filled in superbly, playing with the confidence that comes from this system. Continue reading MLS Cup 2020: The Morning After


2020 MLS Cup Preview



Hey, soccer fans! It’s trophy time! We break down the 2020 MLS Cup matchup between the Seattle Sounders and the Columbus Crew. We bring you our keys to the game, players to watch, and our final predictions. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section and join us on social media!

Keys to the Game

Columbus: Composure out of the back, Prevent the counter.

Seattle: Press, Score early

Players to Watch

Columbus: Jonathan Mensah and Lucas Zelarayan

Seattle: Nico Lodeiro and Jordan Morris

Picks

Mike: Columbus Crew, 2-1

Nick: Seattle Sounders, 3-2

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Wrecking Crew and MLS Cup Final Preview



Hey, soccer fans! We’re back talking the latest results from the MLS Cup Playoffs. Tune in for our takes on:

  • Seattle def. Dallas 1-0: Despite their dominance, the Sounders only find the back of the net once. Dallas failed to capitalize on their opponents scoring drought, and on this night, one goal was all it took to advance.
  • Minnesota def. Sporting KC 3-0: On one of Minnesota’s best offensive nights, Kansas City played perhaps their worst game of the season. They were completely out of sync, and the Loons took full advantage.
  • Columbus def. New England 1-0: Columbus returned to their wrecking crew ways from the begging on the season, as they make the MLS Cup Finals for the third time in club history. They did just enough to edge an evenly matched Revolution squad.

We also discuss the latest USMNT news, including their December 9, 2020 friendly against El Salvador. With a young, MLS based line-up, there’s lots to discuss and lots of names to learn.

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

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More MLS Playoffs, More MLS Madness



Hey, soccer fans! We’re talking more MLS playoff, and more MLS madness. Tonight, we give our takes on:

  • Nashville’s run to semi’s and how they fell to Columbus
  • Does Toronto FC need a reboot?
  • What’s the key to New England’s success? (Hint: star power)
  • Orlando’s complete collapse
  • Seattle does what Seattle does.
  • Columbus on track for another trophy

We also talk about a crazy trend in this year’s MLS Cup Playoffs: missed penalties. These missed PKs set the tone for the rest of the team:

  • Maxi Moralez missed for NYCFC
  • Wondo missed for SJ
  • Vela missed for LAFC
  • Nani missed for Orlando City

And there’s transfer news! Tune in for the latest about FC Dallas, Montreal Impact, and Toronto FC.

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Pure Entertainment – 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs



Hey, soccer fans! Are you seeing this? Have the MLS Cup Playoffs completely changed your view on American soccer? Join us as we recap the first round of the playoffs and try to make some sense of the pure entertainment and utter insanity of these matches, including:

  • New England 2-1 Montreal
  • Nashville 3-0 Miami
  • Orlando 1(6)-(5)1 NYCFC
  • Columbus 3-2 Red Bulls New York
  • Sporting KC 3(3)-(0)3 San Jose
  • Minnesota 3-0 Colorado
  • Portland 1(7)-(8)1 Dallas
  • Toronto 0-1 Nashville
  • Philadelphia 0-2 New England

How good is Nashville? Is Tim Melia the best MLS goalkeeper ever? Let’s all shed a tear for the Timbers. Is TFC’s trophy window closed? All this and more in tonight’s episode!


2020 MLS Playoff Preview



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, we break down the first round of the 2020 MLS Playoffs. We give our picks, predictions, and what to look for in each game. Take a look at our notes and give us your thoughts:

Nashville Miami
Record 8W-7L-8T

24GF, 22GA

7W-13L-3T

25GF, 35GA

H2H 1W, 1D vs. Miami 1L, 1D vs. Nashville
Notes Do it on Defense

3rd best GA in league (PHI, COL)

xGA: 25.5, Goals Allowed: 22

Back line leads in minutes: top 5 minutes this season are Romney (D),
Willis (GK), Zimmerman (D), Lovitz (D), McCarty (DM)

Star Power

Morgan: 5G, 5A

Pizarro: 4G, 4A

Brek Shea: 4G

Rest of team: 11G, 9A

Pick Nick: Nashville Mike: Nashville

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Decision Day Drama and USMNT Youth Movement



Hey, soccer fans, and welcome back! We’ve got all your American soccer talk from MLS to USMNT.

In Major League Soccer, the playoffs are set and Decision Day saw a lot of drama. The Chicago Fire flamed out, and the LA Galaxy fell like a falling star. But Sporting KC topped the Western Conference, and the Philadelphia Union brought home their first major trophy. We cover everything between and how it shaped the playoff picture.

In the second half, we get back to talking United States Men’s National Team. With upcoming friendlies against Wales and Panama, Nick gives his desired starting eleven, and Mike tells him where he’s wrong. Get excited, international soccer is back!

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Mike on the Mic



Hey soccer, fans! In this episode, join our host Mike as he talks all things American soccer. From MLS to USMNT, Concacaf to Champions League, Mike touches on all subjects while fielding listener questions. Join the American soccer conversation with The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast!

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