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Pre-Season Previews Pt. 8 – Toronto FC, LA Galaxy



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. In this episode, we keep on previewing the teams of Major League Soccer (MLS) as we approach the 2020 season. Tonight we take a look at two teams with trophy aspirations: Toronto FC and the LA Galaxy.

To preview TFC, we bring in an expert on all things Canadian soccer, Duane Rollins of The Sports Podcasting Network. Tune in for his takes on the roster moves, Designated Players (DPs), and the likelihood of a trophy. If the players stay healthy and play to their potential, don’t be surprised if Toronto lifts another MLS Cup.

Moving on to the Western Conference, Nick and Mike break down all things LA Galaxy. With the signing of Chicharito, the Galaxy have maybe the best DP roster in the league. Can Chicharito, Pavon, and dos Santos power the Galaxy to their former glory? They are definitely a favorite to win the Cup.

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Pre-Season Previews Pt. 7 – Vancouver, Cincinnati, and Philadelphia



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to another episode of The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We are continuing our 2020 pre-season team previews with in-depth analysis of the Vancouver Whitecaps, FC Cincinnati, and the Philadelphia Union.

Vancouver Whitecaps

Whitecaps expert Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic, Editor-in-Chief of Between the Sticks, joins our show in a specials pre-season preview. Along with our hosts, Alexandre details the Vancouver roster, tactics, and predicts a vastly improved team in 2020. Be sure to check out all his coverage of the team, and let us know if you agree with the optimism.

FC Cincinnati

There’s nowhere to go but up, right? After a historically bad expansion season, FC Cincy turned over their coaching and their roster. Can they take a team that looks respectable on paper and turn it into results on the pitch? Tune in for all of Nick and Mike’s takes on this Eastern Conference squad.

Philadelphia Union

What does Philly and DOOP Nation do after the most successful season in team history? If everything goes right, they repeat their success and add a long playoff run. Nick and Mike think the Union will be competitive, but not a threat to win the conference. Let us know if you disagree in the comments or on social media.

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MLS 2019 Season Previews: LAFC, LA Galaxy, MNUFC, and Montreal



Hello soccer fans! Anyone have a CCL hangover yet?
We’ll cover that (and possible remedies) in our next episode, but right now we turn our attention to the 2019 Major League Soccer season as we preview the next four teams in the league, alphabetically:

LAFC – This team has MLS Cup aspirations, and they have the talent on the roster to do it. They won’t take anyone by surprise like they did in their expansion season, but with the likes of Vela and Rossi, and new signing Zelaya, LAFC are poised to win the West and the Cup.

LA Galaxy – Coming off a season of dysfunction and failing to make the playoffs, Zlatan & Co. are primed to elevate their games. However, they still have too many Designated Players (DPs) on the roster and a new coach trying to implement a new system. With the Western Conference growing ever-stronger, where does this original MLS club fit in today’s league?

MNUFC – Minnesota United have declared they are ready to compete for trophies, not just points. They’ve got intstant defense by transferring in Ike Opara from Sporting KC and have solidified the midfield with international signing Jan Gregus. Now, can they link everything together to keep Ibarra and Quintero scoring goals?

Montreal Impact – A team that flies under the radar until Ignacio Piatti does something spectacular, Montreal is looking to get back to the playoffs after nearly missing out in 2018. Whether or not the roster has been reworked enough to get there remains to be seen. Our hosts don’t think they’re quite at that level, and the Impact will likely be watching the 2019 MLS playoffs from home.

 

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ATL in the CCL, the Importance of the Combine and SuperDraft, LA’s DPs, and Nick Rants Against the Fire



Welcome back to another edition of the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast! Tonight, we put listener @eric_turner7 in the driver seat, answering his questions and discussing the latest news from around the league.

With Atlanta United coming off an MLS Cup victory, undergoing a lot of roster changes, and matching up against Liga MX club Monterrey or Sporting KC in the 2nd round of the Concacaf Champions League, the odds are definitely against the Five Stripes making a deep run. Mike shares how Atlanta can learn from Toronto FC’s run in 2018 and why they might be able to overcome the challenges that await.

Next, Nick dives into the MLS Combine and SuperDraft, sharing different philosophies. FC Cincinnati, needing to fill a new MLS roster, traded to acquire draft picks, for a total of 7. They’re building through the draft. Philadelphia Union, who traded 5 picks to FCC, needs the money to build through signings, while the Red Bulls and FC Dallas are known to build through their academies. In other player news, Mike breaks down how the LA Galaxy can get out of having 4 Designated Players on their roster (rules mandate no more than 3). While Gio dos Santos is the likely move, having grossly under-performed, the Galaxy could most easily move Romain Alessandrini, who has been the brightest star for the Galaxy over the last several seasons.

Finally and after listening to an interview with GM Nelson Rodriguez, Nick goes on a rant against the Chicago Fire. Not only is Rodriguez a terrible interview, he offered no concrete plan for the future, no evidence of future signings, and supports a coach who players have been fleeing from. Mike breaks down the current Fire roster and isn’t optimistic either. With only weeks to go before training camp, Chicago only has 4 defenders and 2 goalkeepers on their roster – and neither GK should be starting in the MLS. Keep your eyes open for more underwhelming moves by the Fire.

 

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